What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?
By: Julia Lott, MS, RD, LD, Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine
The beginning of a new year is almost here but the good news is that you survived the holidays. This time of year is always so hectic that we end up neglecting to take care of ourselves. Exercising and eating right goes out the window. Now it’s time to think of a plan on how you are going to take care of yourself and improve your health and well-being. Think about not only setting weight loss goals, but making lifestyle changes. What is your new year’s resolution? The word resolution means to find a solution or to make a firm decision. Challenge yourself to make a positive decision on what steps will lead you to a healthier you.
You may feel like you your dragging a little from some of the not so healthy food you ate during the holidays. You may have gained a few pounds too. Refocus and think about how you are going to feel better. One way to help your body get re-energized is to adjust how much you eat and what you eat. If you have been indulging in high calorie meals that are high in fat and carbohydrates; renew your diet by eating more healthful meals. For example, choose low carbohydrate meals; this will allow you to eat tons of non-starchy vegetables. Vegetables contain beneficial vitamins and minerals that will re-vitalize your body. One option is to choose the low carb menu from Fresh n’ Fit Cuisine’s plans. Your body will be shocked in a good way!
Keys to Success
Now that you’ve decided on your plan of action; how are you going to stick with it? Remember this is a lifestyle, not a temporary change. Understand that these changes that you plan to make will be beneficial to your health and well-being long term. One way to help you stick with it is to tell your friends and family. This way it is out in the open! Also, these people are your support group. Secondly, find a work out buddy. Having a friend to work out with will hold you accountable, especially during those winter months when it’s freezing outside. Additionally, having a buddy allows you to motivate one another. Third, find a nutrition coach. A coach can help you create specific and attainable resolutions. For example, “I want to lose weight” is too broad. Instead say, “I will lose 15 pounds before my daughter’s wedding in 3 months.” Fortunately, Fresh n’ Fit Cuisine offers complimentary nutrition/wellness coaching to all customers.
When working on reaching your New Year’s resolution, don’t forget that life is a journey. The goals you set for yourself won’t be achieved overnight, but they will happen. There will be set backs, but how you overcome the setbacks is what determines your success. Good luck in your journey on living a healthful life.