Hey, how’s your New Year’s Goal going? Typically we always think of a New Year’s Resolution that has to do with our health – and actually, they say that is exactly what the majority of people do. And typically, by Feb 1st their new health goals were just a memory.
I’m still hanging in there with mine, and doing pretty good if I do say so myself!! And yes, one of my New Year’s Goals had to do with living a healthier lifestyle. So today I’m bringing you a quick diet trick that I read recently in Winter 2012 Prevention magazine.
Change your thinking and you’ll change your behavior. Hope you enjoy the following…
THINK ABSTRACTLY: When debating whether or not to indulge in that chocolate croissant, try envisioning the flaky pastry as a negative concept rather than a delicious treat.
Ohio State University researchers have found that associating foods with abstract ideas (identifying an apple as “longevity” and a candy bar as “energy crash,” for example) helps people resist temptation and opt for healthier choices.
Here we are again….deciding what new things we want to accomplish, and a lot of times the things we want to accomplish have to do with our diet.
One of the ideas I want to encourage you to do is to change how you look at the word “DIET” – start to think of it as not something you go on and off, but as a lifestyle change. And commit to figuring out how to change your current ‘diet’ to a healthier eating lifestyle, so there’s no more thinking of “…..I blew it, I’ll start over tomorrow….” STOP THAT THINKING. It doesn’t work – never has, never will.
Change is hard. And it’s easy to get discourage when you try and don’t get the results you were hoping for. But the reality is that just making the effort is, in fact, progress.
Change is not an event with an exact start and stop point: it’s a process.
Each step you make, even if it’s a relatively small step such as making the resolution to change, is still a step in the right direction, bringing you closer to your ultimate goal.
It’s also important to recognize that even if you take a few steps back, it’s not the end of the world. If viewed and used correctly, the missteps can serve as learning opportunities, helping you become better prepared for the next log of the trip!
So here’s to CHANGE and hoping you will have a new year full of new thinking for a healthier YOU.
I’m typically not one to cruise the internet looking at videos, but I stumbled upon this video that just brought a smile to my face. If you’re a wife, maybe you’ll recognize some of the humor and sentiments in it! Sometimes…husbands just can’t get it right. It’s only one minute and 57 seconds, go on – enjoy.
Pushing yourself really hard is NOT the only way to make a workout count. A new study from Pennsylvania State University shows that middle-aged women get more of the positive benefits (such as an energy and mood boost) from less intense activity.
“Moderate exercise like brisk walking is more pleasant, especially if you’re a newbie,” says study author Steriani Elavsky, assistant professor of kinesiology. “You’ll be more likely to stick with it.” Make sure you can carry on a conversation while moving.
Banana, peppermint or green apple stimulates weight loss. In a study of 3,193 people, a whiff of these scents helped subjects shed about 5 pounds a month – even though they made no changes to their diet or exercise routines.
(Source: Alan Hirsch, MD, director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago)
Have you caught yourself making healthier choices or decisions this week?
You seem to point out all the things you do wrong to yourself all the time. How about flipping the script in your head and make a decision to start counting all the things you did right – or good – for yourself this week and keep building on that success.
And may I add….how many tears you will have to cry too! If you have a dream – to be healthier, to have better relationships, to get that right job….whatever it is – wake up everyday and work toward that dream.