Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, January 13th, 2014
The New Year means a clean slate to start your resolutions for 2014. If you are like millions of Americans, a change it diet and lifestyle are at the top of your list.
This time of year it is tempting to try and make a bunch of changes all at once. You tell yourself you will start eating vegetables, start running, and stop eating sugar. , But wait! Channel that motivation and take it slow. Trying to do it all at once is hard to maintain. And ultimately leads to frustration and by Valentine's Day you will find yourself, throwing out the broccoli for French fries once again.
That being said, now is a great time to make some small healthy changes. Try these simple steps. Nothing drastic is necessary to make a big difference in your health.
Take One Food Out. Choose one thing in your diet that is weighing you down. If you are truly motivated and want to cut out all sugar, go for it. My suggestion though is to pick your biggest trigger and get rid of it. Is it the ice cream in the freezer? The bag of chips that are supposed to be for the kids’ lunch. Or the bag of chocolate chips hidden on the bottom shelf of the pantry. Just focus on taking control over that one trigger food.
If you can kick that, you can tackle any other food standing in your way of the skinny jeans sitting in the closet.
Add One Food In. ( Um yes, I mean healthy food). Whether you want to eat more greens or try some quinoa. Pick your poison. And add it in. For me that means more water. I admit I have fallen off the water wagon and it has affected my energy, skin and sleep so I am recommitting to the 32 oz. water bottle. Bottoms up.
Move it. If you area couch potato make a commitment to start walking at least 30 minutes a day (or some sort of movement you enjoy). If you are already a gym junkie, make a commitment to shake up your routine so your mind and body get re energized for the New Year. Whatever you chose to do, make it planful. Schedule it in like an appointment. You will be more likely to stick with it.
I applaud anyone who tackles the New Year with determination and motivation. Just go easy on yourself. Achieving a healthy lifestyle is a life long process not a 2 week quick fix. That being said, go do it!
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".