TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - The start of the New Year often brings great
intentions and an ambitious list of resolutions — some attainable and
most? Completely unsustainable. For many, personal resolutions to
achieving better health, such as weight loss or quitting smoking, wane
quickly along with the initial good objectives and keen enthusiasm.
The good news is that there's a plethora of educational information to
draw on to help us navigate and maintain course on our journey towards
better health. Because how we get there is sometimes the biggest
Aristotle taught, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is
not an act, but a habit." And although certain healthy habits may be difficult to initially form,
with simple steps and self-discipline they can be nurtured and
maintained as part of your healthy lifestyle.
A 30-Day Risk-Free Trial Approach
You hear about these "risk-free" sales opportunities in the media, but
have you applied the same concept for your own personal benefit? It is
said that it takes at least 30 days to develop a new habit, so why not
try your "risk-free" resolution for a minimum of 30 days?
Choose a simple task and implement it into your lifestyle each day. For
instance, are your food choices failing the grade? Then commit to a
reasonable, simple goal for the next month. Increase your vegetable
intake by two, or better yet, four portions. Raise your fibre intake
by 10 grams a day. Or, cut the coffee drinking in half. Best of all,
forget the fried foods for forty days and forty nights.
You make the call, but make it attainable, so it will be sustainable.
See how you feel after a month. Then, set a new 30-Day Risk-Free Trial
to another segment of your life. How about walking or exercising three
days a week until you achieve 30 days of exercise in total? (That's 10
weeks in this case.) Try it. You may be surprised how easy it is and
how great you feel.
The All-or- Nothing Method
This is one to avoid! We often place undue pressure on ourselves. When
we start a weight-loss program, the first "bad" day that we happen to
over-indulge, we quit. Why? Mistakes are part of the learning
process. Slow and steady is a great option for most people. It helps
reduce the stress associated with our need for attaining perfection.
Get over it! We all make mistakes. It doesn't mean you have to give
up so quickly! Sometimes, you need to take two steps backward to move
Chronic stress is bad for your health. It weakens your defenses and
reduces your ability to cope. Good interpersonal relationships with
family and friends can provide emotional, mental and physical support
to help reduce the signs and symptoms associated with high stress.
But did you know that the people you associate with often have similar
habits - good or bad. To improve your health and chances of success,
try to associate with friends who have healthy habits. Join a
goal-related group to help you achieve your resolutions; for example,
a walking club to help keep moving, cooking classes to eat healthy, a
meditation workshop to stay cool and calm, or any other type of
activity to support the health issue you are looking to improve.
Track Your Progress
Keep daily notes or comments for your personal information. Be
completely honest with yourself. No one else has to see what you are
writing. It's surprising what you may learn! For instance, when you
journal EXACTLY what you eat, along with the portion and/or calorie
content consumed, it may be more than you originally thought. Often we
forget about that "handful" of nuts and seeds, or the coffee (with
double cream and sugar) we consumed on the run. How about that large
tablespoon of ice cream you ate after dinner to curb that sugar
craving? It all adds up and generally more quickly than originally
thought. Keeping an exercise or healthy food journal helps to increase
motivation as you get to "see" the many positive health steps you've
taken. Then give yourself a solid pat on the back (or reward) for all
Doing the Doable
You can fulfill your health goals with planning, patience, and
persistence. And remember, that a successful journey to better health
requires not only focus and commitment, but kindness to yourself too.
Michele Sevier Biography
Michele Sevier, DNM, DAc, is an educator and advocate of natural health
and healing. As an independent advisor to Nutrition House, she is
actively involved in many facets of integrative medicine including
research, the formulation of specialized supplements, and providing
natural health solutions to the general public through Nutrition
House's 'Ask Our Expert' service at www.nutritionhouse.com.
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