Another healthy tip courtesy of Erena DiGonis
The truth is everyday is a fresh start and we don’t have to wait until 1/1.
What I have noticed with clients is that resolution is either very vague (I will lose weight or I will eat healthy) or too ambitious (I will run a marathon). I am a big believer in clearly stating your goal and creating gradual, realistic steps.
I would like to lose 15 pounds or a dress size by March.
I am incorporate healthier habits into my daily routine (drink 8 glasses of water, 5 servings of fruits and veggies, and will pack my lunch 4/5 days).
It is key to make a specific plan for your goal.
1) Re-evaluate your Priorities.
We lead overstimulated busy lives.
What you can take off your plate in order to make space for your New Year’s Resolution?
slow down and simplify!
2) Honest Inventory of what you are currently doing or not doing.
Write down what you eat, how you feel, energy level, are you going to the bathroom.
3) Liquid calories count!
When I was in graduate school, I had 2-3 over the top caramel lattes everyday. I couldn’t understand why I was gaining what so quickly.
Now I enjoy a cup of coffee with a splash of almond milk, stevia and cinnamon. I also put cacao on it some mornings.
4) Remain Mindful and Slow down.
How do you eat? Are you distracted by your computer or do you eat while you are driving? Very easy to consume extra food when you aren’t paying attention.
5) Prepare yourself to be successful.
Be realistic about your life. I know I spend a lot of time in my car. That is my reality. I have a big bottle of water, seltzer, snacks. I bring lunch.
6) Recognize your vulnerable times.
If it is very chaotic when you get home, this isn’t the best time to be hungry. Have something before you get home. That way you are less likely to stress eat.
7) Fill up on fiber.
Found in fruits, veggies, whole grains and beans, fiber will keep you fuller longer and reduce your risk of a variety of diseases. Gradually increase your daily intake to 25-35 grams, more is better. There are great fiber supplements as well. Drink plenty of water!
- Erena DiGonis, LMSW, CHC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Health Coach