How to ease into healthier habits after the festive season?
January 15, 2018
Firstly, let us start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
Most of you will have enjoyed the holidays by spending time with family and friends, not doing much and eating lots of rich food. Some have made New Year’s resolutions.
January is here so how do you ease into/go back to a healthier lifestyle? What can you do to make sure you follow through with your resolutions?
Here are a few tips:
- Give yourself time : It is estimated that creating a habit that will stick may take up to two months or more. Keep a journal where you record the actions you have taken and the results you have achieved. Don’t be too hard on yourself: the essential thing is to get started and to carry on!
- Drink more water : Healthcare professionals recommend that we drink at least 1.5 L of water a day. Try to eliminate sugary drinks and caffeinated liquids. Green tea is a healthy option if you want a hot drink (it is winter after all).
- Get moving : 30 minutes of exercise a day is enough to keep you healthy. You can make small changes like using the stairs instead of the lift, going for slightly longer walk. Or even getting off the bus a couple of stops earlier. Take regular breaks at work and try to get up at least once every hour.
- Be mindful when you shop : If you want to eat less unhealthy snacks or drink less sugary drinks, buy them in smaller quantities or don’t buy them at all! Save yourself the temptation. Remember to do your grocery shopping after you have eaten as hunger makes you prone to buying more food.
- Become a chef : Home cooked meals tend to be healthier than take-aways and ready meals. Try to use as many fresh ingredients as possible: fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Prepare your lunch at home to avoid the meal-deal option: it will make you healthier and wealthier!
- Don’t skip meals : Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so try to eat in the morning: porridge, cereals, toast, fruits. There are many tasty options available. Don’t skip a meal, and do try to adapt the quantities you eat to the time of the day, going from substantial to lighter meals as the day goes by.
- Balance is key : If you wish to eliminate a specific type of food from your diet chances are it will be challenging. To avoid temptation, frustration and eventually giving up, don’t go all in at once but try to reduce quantities progressively instead. Allow yourself some cheat days too.
- Have fun : Appreciate the efforts you are making and be kind to yourself. We are all different and there is no panacea so learn to know what works for you and what doesn’t. Enjoy the changes you are implementing, knowing this is a long-term commitment.
We hope this advice will help you. Let us know how you get on and share your stories with us!