No doubt many of us are looking forward to starting fresh for 2021. The year of 2020 has brought upon many changes, especially in our lifestyle.
From the first half of the year of cooking and baking things we normally would not have time for, to suddenly having a sedentary lifestyle for some, there may be now a focus to try and get back into the swing of keeping up an improved lifestyle and overall fitness.
New years resolution for your health
Make a promise to yourself to put yourself and your health as number 1 priority. Normally this may be very difficult when caring for others but remember if you take care of yourself first, you will be able to take care of your loved ones even more.
One important point to keep in mind is that we want to aim for realistic goals. If you have a goal to improve your lifestyle, then think of reasonable goals which are achievable.
This will help keep your motivation in check and allow you to continue on your path much farther than just one month into the year.
Think long term- are you able to maintain the goals you are setting for yourself in the long term?
Will it still be applicable to you by the end of the year? Will you still be able to keep up with the changes you have decided to go for?
Keep up a routine
Whatever you choose to do, once you get into a routine of changes it will become easier and easier. It is usually the initial stages of change that take time. This includes allowing your body to adapt to new tastes, new timings, and new quantities.
You don’t need to make drastic change all at once to see results, changes may take time to show. This is usually better in the long run.
What food and lifestyle related changes can I make?
If you have been eating out more, make a goal to try and cook at home more often.
Try and aim for at least half of your meals at lunch and dinner to include vegetables or salads.
Aim to increase your water intake to the recommended eight or more glasses per day.
Keep up regular physical activity as suggested by the guidelines, even if you can’t do much at a time you can break it up and remember something is always better than nothing!
Keep processed foods and drinks to just ‘sometimes’ and in small quantities.
Think ahead and plan your meals and snacks; it may take time at first but you will get faster at it and it will save you time as well as money in the end.
Have a variety of foods from the food groups, the more colours, the more vitamins and nutrition you will be getting.
Have as much high fibre foods as possible.
Overall aim to reduce salt and sugar intake when it’s not needed and keep an eye on the types of fats you are having an intake of.
Remember to enjoy your food, eat slow and always be thankful for what we have today.
Seek help when you need it
Sometimes it may be overwhelming when you are unsure about where to start. You might find it helpful to speak to someone with experience or who is able to help you plan steps to help you get there.
Be positive, be happy
Stress can play a major role in our overall health. Never underestimate this! If you can find activities and ways to help you relax, this will make changes easier to maintain and give you happiness.
Please note this advice is of a general nature. If you have any concerns or queries, you should get tailored advice from an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and always consult with your General Practitioner before making any changes.
By Deevya Gupta, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian in Melbourne |
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