No matter what you celebrate, Hanukkah, Christmas and/or New Year’s, they all come are on a different weekday every year. So, it’s a challenge for everyone, even the most dedicated and disciplined to maintain healthy eating habits and regular exercise during the holiday season. So, I’ve got some suggestions to help you get back on track in the new year.
Start by taking some time to reflect and get a good perspective. At the start of each New Year, I spend some time journaling the old fashion way, with paper and pen. Writing helps us clear through the hurricane of thoughts in our head. Consider your goals for 2015 and tap into what’s really motivating you to eat healthy and exercise? If you want to lose weight, ask yourself why? How would your life be different? Writing down your goals is the first step to making them real and it literally changes the way you see them.
Clean out your kitchen. Get rid of all the foods that aren’t supporting your health goals. Don’t be afraid to throw something away, especially those leftover holiday treats. Remember, if you already enjoyed it, then it’s served it’s purpose and nothing is wasted.
Plan your meals before you grocery shop. Focus on getting lots of vegetables (4-5 servings per day) and have high quality proteins and good fats at each meal. Use the meal plan to make your grocery list, so you're only buying that foods that support your goals.
Put your calendar to work for you. Our calendars (paper or digital) are there to remind us of important events. Taking the time to plan your meals and exercise means it’s important to you - a real priority. Your electronic calendar can also give you reminders, something I find very helpful. It can also be helpful to share your calendar with your partner, spouse or family.
Lastly, I recommend a new Golden Rule for Health: Do unto yourself as you would for your best friend. Pay attention to the way you treat yourself - what you think about yourself. Try to encourage yourself the same way you would a friend. And if you need support I am available for one-on-one health coaching.
Happy New Year! Josh Sessions, Health Coach
PS -A New Year’s Detoxis also a great way to get a jumpstart on your health and fitness resolutions. We still have space.