A New Approach for a New Year

It is about that time of year again, when we do a quick self-assessment of the year about to end and commit to doing a better job of it in the year about to begin: making New Year Resolutions. I am right out there with you! Maintaining a regular pattern of deliberate physical activity has become my Waterloo. But I digress…..

The 3 most popular areas for resolutions are weight loss, general health and physical activity/exercise. One of the main reasons our resolutions start out strong and then fail by mid-February is that we tend to bite off more than we can chew (so to speak). Let’s make it easy(ier) on ourselves and combine 3 into 1: Wellness! After all, none of us really want to use that high-deductible insurance policy. So here are some strategies rather than resolutions for 2015. Feel free to pick, choose or ignore if you come up with something better on your own:

  • Aim to reach and maintain a healthier weight. For many of us, losing 10# may not get us to our “ideal” weight but is enough of a drop to improve cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose. Prevention is better than any expensive pill.
  • Get your stress under control. Learn to meditate or just focus on your breathing several times a day. Guess what? Those stress-related hormones coursing through your body cause your blood pressure AND blood glucose to rise. The same for your weight and cholesterol if you eat to cope with the stress.
  • Eliminate “all or nothing” thinking. We are not perfect. We are a work in progress. One slip does not become a relapse unless we let it happen. Get back on track before the negative voice in your head convinces you that you are a failure. Because  you are not a failure, you are simply human.

This year I am going to be accountable to a Fitbit. I’ll let you know how it goes.New year balloons

About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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