Are these things on your New Year’s resolution list?
By Louise Belle BHSc (Nut Med)
Every year on New Year’s Day millions of people across the world create a list of New Year’s resolutions that they plan to achieve in the new year. They set these huge goals and are really motivated to begin with only to end up losing motivation and giving up soon after. It is estimated that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals.
I believe two of the main reasons for this is that their goals are unrealistic and that they don’t come up with a plan on how they intend to achieve those goals. A vast majority of New Year’s goals are focused around health and wellbeing (as they should be) so here are some small, realistic goals that you can aim for that will help you to achieve this.
1. Set aside at least 1 hour each week for food prepping
Eating a healthy diet can seem difficult, but meal prepping can greatly increase the ease of healthy eating. If you can just set aside one hour a week (perhaps on a Sunday) to prepare a bunch of lunches and dinners you will be much more likely to eat healthy throughout the week. You can cut up some salad, roast some salmon and veggies and have a soup on the stove all at the same time! Simply container it up and you’re ready to go.
2. Aim to learn a new skill
Now I don’t mean that you have to go out and learn a second language or a trade. Learning a new skill can be as small or large as you want it to be- perhaps you will learn to knit, or ferment food, take an art class or learnt to play the harmonica – it can be anything! Learning something new is great for the soul. It gives you something to work towards, a new hobby, a sense of accomplishment and something new that you can talk about to your friends.
3. Commit to exercising for 20 minutes twice per week
If you already do this, fantastic! Now you can work on increasing it. There are many benefits to exercise that I’m sure you already know so I won’t bother listing them here. If you are someone who doesn’t regularly exercise, starting with a small fitness goal like this is great. If you set out to go to the gym 4 times a week you will probably fail, so start small and once it becomes a part of your routine, you can increase it.
4. Try a new healthy recipe once a fortnight
The best way to ensure that you are getting a good variety of nutrients is to eat a variety of different foods. If you are one to eat the same types of food all the time, try making a new recipe once a fortnight – you never know, it may even become a favourite! There are many great recipes in the book I Can’t Lose Weight and I Don’t Know Why.
5. Allocate 30 minutes to plan your week
Being organised is the key to leading a healthy lifestyle. If you aren’t organised you may struggle to find the time / remember to exercise, food shop, meditate or meal prep. Set aside 30 minutes to plan the week ahead and schedule in everything you intend on doing that week- you will be amazed at how much you can achieve when you have a plan.
Doing a Cleanse is a really great way to start the new year and get you on track for a healthy 2019. The Dr Cabot 15 Day Cleanse is a fantastic program that targets your liver, gut and immune system for a total body cleanse which will clear out toxins, get your detox organs working really well, kickstart your metabolism and give your body a bit of a ‘reset’ for the new year ahead. It also comes with a healthy meal plan with healthy, easy-to-make recipes that you can use.