Now that Thanksgiving is over, many of us are feeling a little heavier and our clothes are a bit tighter. It is that time of year when food seems extra abundant and overindulgence is widespread. The days are shorter and colder. We find ourselves spending more time in our cozy houses eating comforting foods and this can contribute to unwanted weight gain. But it doesn't have to continue on like this!
Here are some tips for getting yourself back on track if you have temporarily lost your path:
1. Develop an Optimistic Attitude
This is one of the main keys to success. If you are feeling bad about yourself, it is important to change your perspective and think only positive thoughts. Do not dwell on your mistakes; nobody eats perfectly healthy all the time. The past is the past and since there is nothing you can change about it, all there is to do now is to focus on ways of improving the present and future. This is the first day of the rest of your life!
2. Review Your Personal Health Goals
Sit down with a nice hot cup of tea and take some time to reflect on what exactly it is that you are striving for as far as your goals. Be very specific. Rather than say "I would like to eat better," say "I would like to eat five servings of vegetables each day" or "I would like to stop eating foods made with white flour." Write these down on paper and put them up on your fridge, on your mirror, or even as the background on your computer.
3. Give Your Kitchen a Makeover
Go through your pantry, fridge, freezer and cabinets and toss out (or donate) any and all foods that do not fall into line with your health goals. Make a list of health-promoting items that you need to stock your kitchen with and then head out to the grocery store to buy them.
4. Keep a Food Journal
Use FitDay to track your food intake. Recording the foods you consume will keep you conscious of your food choices. This tool can help to prevent mindless eating.
5. Schedule Exercise Into Your Day
Take a look at your schedule for the upcoming week and figure out when you can get in a half hour walk or a yoga session. Have a realistic plan ahead of time and stick to it. Buddy up with a pal and pencil in exercise dates right into your calendar. Be sure to pick activities that you actually enjoy doing!
Try using the above ideas to get yourself back to where you want to be. There will always be setbacks and yet there will always be chances to regain control and start anew. Remember to believe in yourself, be kind to yourself, and don't ever give up on working towards your goals.
Corinne Goff is a Registered Dietitian who is absolutely passionate about food, health, and nutrition. Corinne has a BA in Psychology from Salve Regina University and a BS in Nutrition from the University of Rhode Island. As a nutritionist, her objective is to help people reach their health goals by offering a personalized holistic approach to wellness that incorporates natural foods and lifestyle changes. She works together with her clients to develop daily improvements that they feel comfortable with and that are realistic. She believes that the focus on wholesome, nutrient-rich, real food, is the greatest possible way to become healthier, have more energy, decrease chances of chronic disease, and feel your best. For more information, please visit her website at RI Nutrition Housecalls.com.