Another 365 days have come and gone as we transition to a new calendar year filled with undisclosed adventures and promises. What will this New year hold? A promotion? A new relationship? We can never be sure of what the future holds, but we can look ahead with promise and hope for more triumphs than trials. While we can never truly be ready for what will unfold, there are ways we
can mentally and physically prepare ourselves.
A successful preparation starts with a healthier and happier you. Buckle-up and ring-in the New Year with Top 5 Dietitian Approved Tips.
5 Steps to a happier and healthier you:
1. Keep it positive. A New Year’s Resolution shouldn’t feel like a punishment. Rather than resolving to lose weight or eat less, focus on positive resolutions to support a goal like weight loss, such as choosing tasty nutritious salad bowls for lunch or making time to do an activity you enjoy. Focusing on the positive actions you can take in your health journey is more motivating and sets your sights on something you can tackle today.
2. Let your hunger cues guide you. Try to listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry and be mindful of your eating habits. Take note on what foods keep you full and times in the day that trigger a craving. Allow yourself to enjoy nutritious whole foods when you’re hungry and you won’t go wrong.
3. Organize your kitchen. If you’re trying to improve your eating habits, step one is to stock up with the right foods. Try to minimize the temptations that will pull you back into your old patterns (out of sight, out of mind – right?). But, there will still be busy moments when you’ll want to reach for something quick, so replenish the empty shelves with healthy snack options like cut up veggies and dip, yogurt, fresh fruit, and nuts.
4. Mindful munching. Do you snack while watching TV or preparing a meal? Ask yourself, is this hunger or is it boredom? Become mindful of why you are eating. If you are not hungry, distract yourself! Keeping a food journal of what and why you eat can help empower you to break these habits.
5. Find a new metric. Don’t let your weight define the success of your new year’s resolution. Try setting a SMART goal and measuring your success by other metrics like improved fitness, better sleep, or increased energy and self-esteem. Ditch the scale and use your new metrics to guide you.
If you want to achieve a happier and healthier you this New Year, team up with a NDC Nutrition at Work Registered Dietitian. Your Registered Dietitian will keep you focused and provide the knowledge and support you need to succeed!