New Year | New You
This is not just another article about just another New Year’s resolution. This is not about getting pumped up to buy a gym membership in January, then cancelling it March when you hit a plateau. This is not about some fad diet that makes you gain back more weight than you lost in the first place.
This article is about nourishing yourself. This article is about creating a healthy body, mind, and soul through the decisions and changes you have the power to make. At the end of the day, everybody and every body is different! Which means you get the opportunity to figure out what works specifically for you.
You might have a friend or buddy who lost 80lbs on the Keto diet and kept it off for 3 years.
You might know someone who is a strict Paleo follower and got super lean super quick.
You might have a family member who counts and measures and calculates every bite they put into their body.
You might even know someone who simply tries to be mindful of what they eat by focusing on whole foods and meals that provide real nutrients to support their body.
Did you see a pattern here at all? That’s right, none of these people are YOU.
Figuring out what works for you is going to involve some trial and error, so be prepared for that! And never feel guilty or shameful about trying or failing or trying something new again. Just remind yourself to keep going, keep trying, keep pushing yourself until you figure out what your body needs. It is a process and it will take time. If you truly want long-term results, you need to put in the long-term effort. As enticing as they are, fad diets will only keep you in a constant yoyo of gaining and losing over and over again.
Here are some ways we recommend getting started on the right path to nourishing yourself!
Start with Baby Steps
Did you notice we said the word changes earlier? When we say that we didn’t mean big, huge and overwhelming changes. We meant small, yet significant (and consistent!) changes - baby steps you can implement each day to help improve your overall well being. Something is always better than nothing!
For example, if you’ve never exercised before, don’t suddenly dive into a hardocre workout routine. Start with something small like 5 squats every time you use the washroom. This way, you won’t get too sore to keep going each day but you will get into the routine of squatting several times throughout the day and eventually build up your endurance.
Or, start by choosing one new vegetable to include in your meals. Want more calcium in your diet? Lookup ways to add broccoli to recipes or different cooking methods to try out. Once you’re comfortable with one type of food, you can slowly begin introducing more nutrient-packed options.
Follow the 80-20 Rule
What we put into our bodies is important! In order to make the biggest improvement in your health, simply follow the 80-20 rule.
This is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness, keeping in mind that the 20% can be whatever level you are at. Maybe your 20% is the squats you just started doing, your daily walk with your dog, or maybe it’s your 3 times a week cycling class.
However your ratio works out, remember that what you eat matters! This will make the most significant impact on your health goals. Even people who have been working out consistently will find themselves hitting a plateau after a few months. Most of the time, a dietary change is required in order to continue making progress.
Choosing more nourishing meals and snacks can also result in almost immediate results such as unexpected energy boosts and finally clearing up that constant brain fog. Again, focus on baby steps and start by making small changes such as adding more veggies to each meal, cutting out added sugars, or drinking less alcohol.
Take Care of Yourself
Get enough sleep, stop worrying about things you can’t control, drink plenty of water and feel good about choosing to make your health goals a priority! The fact that you are even reading this right now means you are already taking the first step to becoming healthier and that is worth celebrating!
If you fall off the wagon, that’s okay too! We all end up in a rut from time to time and It is how we deal with it and how we change our behaviours, thought patterns and mindset that truly make the difference. The moments we are down are what empower us and push us to try again tomorrow! Life is short, so enjoy the moments and keep going!
For some it sounds cliche to start a new health regime in January. For others, it just makes sense. We say why not take advantage of all the new healthy recipes available online, the discounted gym memberships, or the incredibly easy way to order fresh, pre-portioned locally prepared food?
Whatever your goals are this year, we are here to support you!
Stay tuned for more tips on health, nutrition, cooking and of course, nourishment, throughout 2020!