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Are your resolutions too much? Ideas to simplify and succeed!

January 3, 2011

Post New Years sometimes comes with guilty feelings, credit card debt and weight gain. Every year we make our list and by January 31 we are tossing it in the trash….

It doesn't need to be that way! Here is a round up of some alternative ideas for your health-related resolutions from experts like Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Oz and Pooja R. Mottl on the Huffington Post

1.    Aim to adopt a broader framework for health that can be sustainable instead of setting a ton of rigid, unrealistic orders that will leave you feeling disappointed if they don’t stick.

2.    Strive to learn about the best options for YOU (and you only)! Instead of jumping on the bandwagon of yet another fad diet, commit to take some time to investigate your own personal body and mind. What kind of eating habits make you feel best? What types of exercise do you enjoy and realistically do most often?

3.    Make the phrase, “No one knows you as well as you know yourself,” the truth! It can help you to become healthier and more connected to your own experience.

4.    Ditch diet goals like cutting out entire food groups that can lead to restrictive feelings and negativity. Try concentrating on eating whole foods—ones in their most natural state. You know the drill: focus on mainly plant-based items like veggies, fruits, whole grains, beans and legumes.

5.    Focus on all of the things that you CAN have as opposed to all of the “bad” things you “shouldn’t” have. Be less restrictive and become healthier and less stressed out about reaching your goals. It’s so much easier for your body to get all of the important nutrients it needs from simple, whole foods-- and there are so many options out there!

6.    Move Differently: If you get bored on the treadmill, try moving your body in different ways that feel enjoyable to you. Try engaging muscles that you don’t use in your day-to-day activities. Put on your favorite music and have your own personal dance party.  

7.    Like routine? Or enjoy exercising based on your mood or energy level? Try committing to moving in some way each day and have that be enough—quieting the judgmental self inside of you can be tough, but who wants to move when they are being yelled at all the time?

8.    Move less: Often New Year’s resolutions zero in on things like losing weight or exercising more, but possible deeper reasons for why they are issues in the first place may be good to investigate. Take some time to be quiet with yourself and evaluate what else might need some work (besides just eating and exercise habits).

9.    Stay positive. There are a lot of statistics that say New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick, but what is preventing you from being the one that does successfully follow through in creating real, sustainable change?

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