We all make New Year’s resolutions with good intentions. However, many of us give up after about 30 days of trying hard to stick to those resolutions. This is often because our goals are overly ambitious. Maintaining your New Year’s resolutions begins with setting realistic and attainable goals before you even start. Depending on your current exercise, eating, and relaxation regimen, it is best to improve each one of these areas incrementally. The motto is to start out low and slow so that you don’t burn out quickly. Here are a few tips from the Famous Foods team, to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!
1. Increase your physical activity level gradually.
You can start by adding 5 minutes to your workout routine for the first 30 days. Add a minute or two to your workout each month after the first. Make use of your smartphone by setting the timer so that you do no more or no less than planned. Do this until you are up to 45 to 60 minutes 5 days a week. Be sure to mix up some cardio with strength training and stretching. Also, include some exercise time outdoors for health the benefits fresh air and sunlight. And, always include at least one day a week for rest and recovery.
2. Be mindful of what you eat.
You might find yourself very keen to fix your diet that you purge every single processed item in your fridge and pantry. While this is great, it can be a shock to your body and have you running to the market for a giant bag of salty crisps that you devour while driving or walking home.
Once a week, replace one processed food with an organic fruit or vegetable. Say you have 3 pints of ice cream in the freezer. Take the one that is already half eaten and toss it. Replace that with some apples for a sweet, healthy, alternative dessert. Do this with cookies, candy, frozen pizza, etc. until you eventually have a kitchen filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and legumes. Give this time. It could take many months for your palette and digestive tract to acclimate. Allow yourself a cheat treat once or twice a week after your kitchen is free of processed junk food.
Remember to drink plenty of clean water as well. This will keep you hydrated, full, and detoxified. Also, try to cook more at home, even if it is just making a big salad of fresh vegetables and lean protein for dinner.
4. Play and relax as much as you work.
It is so important to nurture yourself with some fun, good relationships, and plenty of rest. If you work or go to school full time, or are a busy parent, try to find some time each week that is just for you. Schedule coffee with a mate one morning every month, call a loved one to chat one evening, watch a movie that gives you a good belly laugh, or play a video game with your kids.
Go to bed at a decent hour and plan to stay in bed for 8 hours, whether you sleep or just doze. Any rest is beneficial for proper immune function, cognition, and temperament. Meditation has also been found to help your body rest and repair, similar to sleep.
5. Making Better Choices
It is easy to make better choices, especially with your diet, by shopping at a community market that stocks wholesome, fresh, and organic ingredients. At Famous Foods we make the shopping experience fun, nutritious, and there’s always a familiar face to help you out!