If you are like a majority of Americans that set New Year’s Resolutions, there’s a good chance at least one has to do with your health. Whether that goal is weight loss or simply improving your overall well being, these five tips will help you get started towards long-term success.
Write Your Goals
It is not enough to think about goals in your head or type them on your phone. Research shows improved long-term memory of written information compared to other forms because it is quickly stored and processed by the hippocampus in the brain. It also helps build clarity when you put your goals in written sentences.
Cook At Home
Eating meals at home is one of the easiest ways to improve the quality of your diet. For some, cooking at home can be stressful, which is why it is helpful to have a plan prior to grocery shopping. You do not have to have an exact plan on Sunday for what you will eat on Thursday for dinner. However, it will alleviate a lot of stress later if you have a list of three or four easy meals you can cook depending on what you are in the mood for.
If this still sounds overwhelming, I highly recommend a nutrition consultation with me. I will help you plan a week’s worth of meals along with a grocery list to help get a jump-start on your week. This jump-start will, in turn, provide you more success during your week.
Trying to be a perfectionist will only lead to frustration and guilt in the future. Whenever you are trying something new, you have to accept that things are going to be less than perfect from time to time. Yes, you are still going to eat things that may not fit into your “diet,” but the goal is progress, not perfection, so do not let one day discourage you. When this happens, go back to your written goals to reset your focus. Consistency in your goals isn’t the most glamourous tip here, but it is SO IMPORTANT.
Increase Daily Movement
If you aren’t quite sure yet what kind of exercise you would enjoy doing, start with increasing your daily movement. Take more walking breaks at work, take the stairs, go for walks with your dog, walk in place during commercial breaks, or set a timer and do 10 repetitions of an exercise every hour. Our bodies were made to move! It is not enough to exercise for an hour and then set the rest of the day.
Ask for Help
This is going to be the biggest key to your success. Asking for help means something different for everyone, but here are a few examples: ask a coworker to go for a walk with you during your lunch break, use a pick-up service at your local grocery store and use the extra hour that you would have spent shopping meal prepping, or simply ask your spouse to empty and fill the dishwasher so you can write your goals and create a plan for the week. You don’t have to do it all yourself!
If you are looking for more help in any of these area or feel like you may need assistant in meal planning or diet education, call and schedule an appointment: (317) 795-1516.