Maybe that is a little harsh but let me clear the air on this once and for all...
DIETS DON’T WORK.
We can agree there, right?
Personally, I have been on diets before. Yup, I totally lost weight while I was on them.
(Hear me out.)
But as soon as I deviated from the plan, or counting the points, or measuring something out, it all fell apart.
Because nothing really changed.
My relationship with food didn’t change. I was still craving those “naughty” foods but depriving myself so I couldn’t wait for a “cheat day”. I wasn’t able to eat outside of the diet in the real world and still maintain a healthy weight.
It was just a temporary "fix". Nothing permanently changed.
Making temporary changes to your life that feel like torture are just never, ever, ever going to change your life long term nor make you anywhere close to happy.
So let’s just agree that when we swear we want to make changes in the New Year, starting a “diet” is not the way to go.
If you want change in the New Year forget about temporary changes that only disappoint.
Think long term.
Think of the healthiest, happiest version of you and work backwards.
For me, it was all about small, simple changes that I learned to love.
Water, for example.
Once upon a time I didn’t drink enough water. I changed that, little by little. Now if I don’t get somewhere between 60-100 ounces of water a day I feel it. And it isn’t a good feeling. I don't like that feeling and I always do what I have to in order to fix the situation. It is a simple and healthy change that I made years ago that is still a constant in my life.
In honor of the New Year and the idea of making 2018 amazing (which includes you being your healthiest and happiest self, of course) let’s focus on these 3 small and simple changes that are going to make a big impact on your life.
1. Crowd out the unhealthy stuff by crowding in the good stuff. Don’t deprive yourself anything. Instead, add more! Add more veggies, more fruits, more laughs, more movement, more self care. Add more, more, more. What you will notice is that by adding more of the good stuff you have less time or room in your life for the “other stuff”.
2. Think about how you want to feel at the end of the day and work backwards. One of the first things I do in the morning is say a positive mantra and think about the end of the day. Do I want to feel satisfied that I finished a project? Do I want to look around and feel happy that I made time to tidy up? Do I want to be proud to know I loaded my plate with veggies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Whatever feeling I want to have, I focus on it in the morning and move toward that goal.
3. Stay hydrated. One of the simplest and healthiest changes you can make for yourself is to give your body the hydration it needs. Once you do this all sorts of good things happen to your body.
There you have 3 simple ways to make 2018 healthier and happier without denying or depriving yourself of anything.
You can do this. This new year is going to be full of amazing things and achieving goals. I look forward to being a part of that journey with you.
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