12-Months to a Happier and Healthier You

Happy New Year!!

If you are the type of person who likes to set New Years’ Resolutions or just take stock of where you are now and where you’re headed this year, then keep reading.

There are 12 months in this year and each one gives you the opportunity to improve your nutrition if you so desire.

Let’s jump right in and brainstorm some health-promoting behaviours for the 12 months of the year.

Here are some ideas that I’ve come up with to get you thinking – please take them or leave them. Feel free to use the following inspiration as a guide only. 

January

Set boundaries with yourself and others. An essential part of taking good care of yourself!

Can you put your weight loss desire (that most people have) in a box under the bed? I don’t know where I heard this analogy from originally, but really love the message it sends.

February

Breakaway from dieting.

Not convinced that dieting is all that bad? – read this and this.

March

Don’t take notice of people on traditional and social media that are negative, encourage dieting, weight loss, preoccupation with food/body and just make you feel bad about yourself.

Cease the comparisonitis – you are enough and worthy.

April

Bring your awareness to your eating behaviours.

Can you focus on how hungry you feel before and after you eat and also your thoughts, feelings and moods before and after you eat?

May

Listen to your body and respond appropriately. Eat mindfully, eat intuitively.

June

Drink enough water.

July

Find joyful movement.

August

It’s time to focus on self-kindness.

  • Let’s treat your body with respect.

Respect your body by meeting its basic needs of food, water, shelter, warmth, love and rest. Once you’ve mastered the basic needs then you can move onto meeting your psychological and self-fulfillment needs.

  • Talk to yourself like you talk to your grandmother.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…..including yourself!

You could also try rephrasing the negative sentence you said. If you are saying “Look at my legs, they are fat”. Say instead, “I am having a thought that my legs are fat”. This will help you to see what you are thinking and telling yourself is not often the truth.

You can also say something positive like these legs are amazing. They allow me to walk, run and jump and so on.

September

It’s time to create or refine your self-care routine.

Check out this article for lots of nutritional and non-nutritional ways to care for yourself.

October

Now, let’s prioritise sleep!! Do you have a sleep routine that helps you settle into a restful sleep? If not, check out this article detailing the importance of sleep and how certain aspects of nutrition affects sleep. You may get some ideas about how to use nutrition to improve your sleep.

November

Get regular checkups – GP, dentist, dietitian, podiatrist and so on.

December

As the year comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that was, celebrate and revisit your goals for next year.

Share this article with your friends and family and let’s have a  nutritious and happy year.

For support, contact me, or if DIY is more your style, grab a copy of ‘30 Days to a Better Relationship With Food and Body’ ebook.

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