New year: new you: new diet?

New Year

So we are well into the New Year. So did you start a new diet? How is it going?

At this time of year many of us feel motivated to change our diet for the better. A new year feels like turning a corner, where you can say goodbye to old habits and practice and re-inforce new ones.

But why is it so hard to keep going after the first week of January?

We may say it’s the cold, or the dark, or we have a cold, or we are too tired, or the wrong diet, or the wrong exercise plan or whatever excuse we use.

Could it be that we forgot the most important part of changing? That is actually wanting to do it for yourself and not for someone else, or because you think you should, or you’d quite like to have the body of Rihanna, but actually really, really wanting it.

Preparation for change is often overlooked, and that is why changing your diet suddenly and dramatically can do more harm than good.

Often people tell me they don’t have the willpower to make changes to their diet, but if you generate a strong sense of why you want to do it, and feel good about that, then you will have generated the ‘willpower’.

If you have found it difficult to keep going with your new diet this year, try looking at your motivation. Is this something you really want?

Write a list of the benefits of doing it and feel how good it will feel to achieve all of them. It is important to generate the positive feeling.

Once you have generated the feel good excitement about making this change, keep going back to it, daily if possible.

Once you have focused on the benefits and generated that feel good energy for some time, then make the change. I find this approach helps me to make positive changes.

If your New Year’s resolutions have now come and gone, don’t give up. Start again once you have generated the positivity for the changes that you want and see how much easier it is.

Happy eating!

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What do you want from this year?

Last week was a reflective time for me. I was looking back on the year that has been and what I want from the coming year and beyond.

Why is it that when we start a new year, we feel the need to do this? For me it is to check that my life is going in the right direction to reach my goals. Sometimes it can feel like we are not getting any closer to our goals, or maybe the goals we have set are not what we really want but what we feel we should be doing? So it is important to check periodically that your goals still reflect what you want and to mark off any progress. It is also good to refresh your goals. If you do still want to go in a certain direction, you may have a clearer idea of how to get there, or some new ideas.

Of course, this applies to health goals such as weight loss, fitness and healthy eating as well. Whilst these may be shorter term goals to reach a larger goal such as ‘having the energy to enjoy the time you spend with your kids’ or ‘building a career you enjoy’, they can form important milestones to achieving your bigger goals, for example ‘losing a stone by June’, or ‘exercising twice per week by March’. It is important to remember that short-term goals need to be realistic and in tune with longer-term goals for them to be achievable.

Making New Year’s Resolutions is another way that we lay down our goals, although often with these we don’t make them realistic such as ‘have a bikini body by March’, ‘go to the gym four times a week’. So if you have made any resolutions check they are achievable for you, compatible with your longer-term goals and what you really want. If not adjust them.

Some of my goals for this year are:

  1. Get more readers to my blog.
  2. Do at least half an hour’s exercise every day (includes housework and walking).
  3. Plan my lunches and try one new recipe per month.

What are yours?

If you need help setting your health goals and achieving them, contact me today on zoehorsepool@commonsensenutrition.co.uk. You can apply for one of my free Common Sense Nutrition Strategy Sessions to help you find out what you can do to achieve your health goals this year.

Happy New Year!

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