New Years Resolutions
I was just reflecting on the past year and all of the amazing things that have happened. Big things get achieved by making little changes consistently. We get caught up in the hype of the New Year that we should be setting these grand plans for total body transformations and sign up to detox diets to rid the body of the past month or year. PS your body doesn’t need a detox, the organs in your body already do this for you a for free! Let this be the year that you say no to fad diets, diets that make you feel inadequate and say yes to listening to your body and letting it guide your food choices.
Let me tell you a secret, dieting doesn’t work for 95% of people! It creates feelings of depravation, feels of inadequacy and long term can play a toll on mental health (I’m not talking about medicinal diets like low FODMAP). If you want to make a change to improve your health and improve your diet think about why it’s important for you to do this. Do you have strong motivators? Start with a small change, something that you can see yourself doing long term. It should be something that you are confident to start on right away. If you’re not in that space, it’s ok, there’s no pressure that you need to make a change or to do it right now.
Iif you are ready, write your goal down. Make it a SMART goal; Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time sensitive. Then make an action plan which is the specific things that you need to do to achieve your goal. Monitor your progress by writing down how you are going with your plan (daily or weekly). You need to ask yourself what might stop you from achieving this goal and what strategies can you put in place to overcome these barriers. Each barrier should have a strategy. Seek the support of a family or friend and get yourself a specialist in that area who can guide you and provide accountability and and answers.
For example.Goal: improve diet over the next 6 months by eating more fruit and vegetables. Action plan: 1. For the first fortnight eat a piece of fruit each day. 2. put fruit on the shopping list and have it available at home. Barriers: access to fresh fruit is hard. Strategy: buy frozen or canned fruit as a backup.
So the aim of this post is to let you know that you can make resolutions if you want to, but be realistic and don't go crazy trying to change everything all at once because you will get to a point where it all gets too hard. We all know that when this happens, we give up and then feel like we've failed :( Make small manageable changes slowly over time. Be kind to yourself. Take the time to listen to your body and what it's really wanting. Enjoy you food, all of it. There shouldn't be any foods that are off limits (unless you've got a medical condition like coeliac disease and in this case you should definitely eliminate gluten from your diet forever). So get out there, enjoy life and have a wonderful 2018.