5 Strategies to Make 2017 Your Healthiest Year Ever
Another year has just begun and if you’re wondering if you are going to be able to keep your 2017 new year’s resolutions here are some thoughts to consider…
For many people the new year is a new beginning: a new chance to start fresh and to begin to do the things that we think we need to in order to get our health in check. But, for the majority of us, by the time February comes around, we aren’t continuing with our resolutions. We may even begin to feel worse about ourselves, and our health, than when we started off! This can lead to a cycle of negativity and feeling like a failure.
Read on below to see my top five tips about how you can shift to a more holistically minded approach when it comes to setting health and wellness goals for 2017.
#1 Start with WHY
If you haven’t watched the YouTube video ‘Start with Why’ by Simon Senek it’s a great resource to begin to understand this principle. Essentially, when you know WHY you are doing something it is much easier to actually do the thing you have set out to do. Whether it be waking up for an early gym class or opting for a piece of fruit instead of a chocolate bar, when you focus on your reason for the change in the first place it makes it much easier to follow through!
I often tell clients to think about how their lives will change when they reach their goals, and more specifically I get them to imagine exactly how they will feel when they continually make the choices that lead them closer to their goals. When you can envision and articulate the outcome that you want very clearly you become much more likely to reach your goal!
#2 Plan for success
We have all heard the adage ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’. As annoying as it may seem, it is 100% true. Successful people simply make health and wellness a priority. Saying ‘I don’t have time for X’ is actually just a euphemism for saying ‘I don’t value X enough to make it a priority’ (the truth hurts, I know!).
Two extremely helpful tips to realize your health and wellness goals this year: plan your meals and plan your workouts.
Whether this means scheduling your workouts with a scheduler, in your phone, or in a day planner, the point is to consciously make the time for exercise and treat it like an appointment – that cannot be missed!
As for meal planning, so many of my clients have so much trouble with this! The trouble stems partially from the fact that meal planning is a boring and monotonous task for some. Whereas for others, healthy meal planning is difficult because navigating the complex world of nutrition is a challenge. This is where a meal planning service can help!
NourishandGlow (www.nourishandglow.ca) is a super affordable weekly meal planning service designed by two holistic nutritionists (myself and my amazing partner Rachel!) which sends you a weekly meal plan, grocery list and recipe guide to help simply your life.
NourishandGlow will help you stay inspired with healthy new gluten free meal ideas, save you time, money and stop you from asking your partner that dreaded question “what are we going to eat for dinner tonight?”
#3 Put the focus on back on health
If your goal is to lose weight, I urge you to consider reframing your goal so that weight loss becomes a side effect of your good health. What I am trying to say is that weight loss doesn’t necessarily mean healthy.
Of course, if you are carrying extra weight it is a good idea to eat a healthier, whole foods based diet with reasonable portions so that the weight can come off. But, I strongly suggest that you look at the other, more holistic aspects of your health too: how is your digestion? how is your sleep? are your hormones balanced? do you have cravings and imbalances in your blood sugar? what is the impact of your mood and mental health on your eating habits?
Checking in with the other aspects of your health will allow you to take the sole focus off the number on the scale and allow you to focus on the contributing cause to the original health issue (plus, you will likely feel WAY better during the process!).
#4 Celebrate the small wins
When we get off to a running start come January, it is important to note that every single decision we make is leading us closer to our health and wellness goals. This is not to say that every food or exercise decision needs to be perfect (or ‘on track’), instead I am meaning to convey that the result of consistency is progress towards reaching your goal.
One extremely helpful tip that I share with clients often is to celebrate the little wins by keeping a journal of your wellness journey. This can be the wins you have each day or each week – whether it be making a good food decision or taking the stairs, it is helpful to acknowledge and reinforce that you are tracking towards your goal. Also, when you ‘fall off the wagon’ it can be helpful to review your progress to date in order to give you the motivation to keep going.
With so much information, and ever evolving industry trends, we can easily get caught up in the complexities of health and wellness. I promise that operating from the KISS principle and using your common sense will get you to meet your wellness goals: move your body MORE and follow the well-known principle espoused by food writer Micheal Pollan “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Good luck on meeting your health and wellness goals this year! #youvegotthis