By Helen Macklin
On 1st January many of us make lofty promises to ourselves. We’ll get healthy, go to the gym, drink less wine, eat more greens. Surely this will be the year we get it right?
Stop right there! By February, most resolutions are gathering dust as we wrestle with the reality of work, friendship, children and bills.
Of course, resolutions are a healthy way to reboot your life, but we must make them realistic, so we do not admit defeat before we are barely off the starting line. Forget huge leaps and instead take small achievable steps and enjoy the glory from each sustainable accomplishment. Here’s how to do it:
1. The way you get there is more important than the goal. It’s no use mentally committing to a 10-mile run three times a week if you’re only going to think about it, rather than do it. Instead, start doing: get up, put on your trainers and get beyond the front door. Less detail, more action.
2. Focus on pleasure, not pain. Diets are a common New Year goal – but why turn your meal times into a prison sentence? It is critical not to associate ‘healthy eating’ with deprivation. A gruelling ‘detox’ with a promise of boundless energy may seem tempting but may leave you with unpleasant and unhealthy side effects, including vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood sugar problems. These may weaken your ability to fight infections and inflammation if you aren’t careful. Not to mention the headaches, fatigue and irritability.
3. Take an 80/20 approach instead and remove the notion of all or nothing. By incorporating sustainable health boosting recipes such as Low GL (Glycaemic Load) makes eating fun, affordable and delicious. This approach re-establishes healthy eating habits, resets metabolism for fat burning, restores energy levels and increases the prospect of weight loss. There really is no need for anything extreme or relentless to look, feel and be your very best!
4. Swap bad habits for good ones. You might not want to give up your Wednesday croissant and hot chocolate fix, but you can. Just replace it with an a healthier, alternative ‘treat’. Many of my clients say swapping out their tea and biscuits for two squares of 75% dark chocolate and a handful of raw cashew nuts was a lot easier than expected. Choose your habits wisely – don’t allow them to choose you.
Nutritional Therapy is an evidence based complementary therapy seeking to enhance health and optimise body functions for the individual through nutritional and lifestyle support.
The nutrients in our food help us to grow, repair, function and flourish. If we are not giving our bodies what they need to function at their best, then dysfunction and symptoms may arise.
Nutritional Therapy seeks to identify the root cause of symptoms and create a personalised nutrition plan to help you achieve your goals and support sustained health.
5. Tell a friend. Voicing the possibility for change makes it more likely to happen. Accountability is part of the role of a health coach; keeping you in action, motivated and moving towards whatever it is that you want for yourself and your life.
6. Record it. Seeing your resolutions in black and white increases your chances of sticking to them. Have them ‘in your face’, where you can read them daily. The fridge, your daily diary or the bathroom mirror are great spots.
7. Be proud of what you’ve achieved, no matter how small. Whether it is drinking two extra glasses of water a day or swapping refined carbohydrates for wholegrain options.
8. Explore and experiment. Perhaps you have no idea where you’re headed and that is fine. Treat the New Year as a chance to work out what makes you happy and how to get there.
If you’ve decided to make 2018 the year you’ll fix those niggling health issues or make a commitment to losing weight, remember I invite all prospective clients for a free, no obligation introductory call. Online and attendance group programme start on 15th January to re-establish healthy eating habits and reset your metabolism.
Helen Macklin is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach, a member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and a Zest4Life Associate.
One to one consultation packages, attendance and online group programmes, classes, talks and workshops are available in Hereford, Malvern and Monmouth.
For more information please contact Helen Macklin,
Registered Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach
DipION, mBANT, CNHC
Tel: 07899 998 389 www.helenmacklin.co.uk
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