You know, it’s right around the corner – January 1st – the dreaded New Year’s Resolution. When thinking about lifestyle goals…Are you in better shape today than January 2016? If the answer is NO, it’s only logical you will have to change your strategies, right? How can this year be different? Looking back at 2016, what got in your way? Here are 3 common roadblocks…
1. Perfectionism: Cutting up your cauliflower into perfect florets isn’t necessary. I have been known to whack a head into quarters and shove it into a baggy on my way out the door. That plus the single-serve hummus will get me through the afternoon snack time. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Get over yourself already!
2. Someone else’s agenda: You allow someone else to impose their values on you. Changing your lifestyle, shedding old habits, may also mean shedding time with certain friends because, like it or not, your mom was right, you become who you hang with. You will not insult anyone when you tell him or her you are making a decision to be healthier. It has nothing to do with them. Besides, you may even inspire someone else to strengthen his or her resolve.
3. Your self talk/story: What ARE you saying to yourself? What is your automatic behavior? Have you listened lately? How has that served you in the past? You may think, “I just don’t have the willpower”, “I’m just not able to…” or “My mom (or other relative) is this way therefore so am I” or “I’ve tried everything and nothing works.” This is just NOT TRUE. The Internet and my office are filled with success stories. Blowing one meal or snack DOES NOT require you to blow the whole day. Going to a party doesn’t mean you’ve blown the whole plan. It just means you need to start making healthier choices the very next time you are faced with a food choice. You can regain blood sugar control and cravings sooner with this approach.
After 25 years in Functional Medicine, guiding thousands of patients through lifestyle transformations, I have learned a few things about making a good decisions for resolution. Try these steps to Emotional Intelligence:
1. Take a few minutes or seconds to really think…What I am about to eat?
2. Do I really want this and why? Am I eating out of some emotional reason? What am I feeling? Name it.
3. Is this a nutritious food? Or, am I wasting calories on junk?
4. How will I feel later if I eat this high-sugar or white flour food? Will I have a headache or will my energy crash?
5. Do I have time to feel that way? How much more could I accomplish if I felt like I was on the top of my game all the time?
6. Find an accountability partner, someone who wants you to succeed and will keep you on that path.
7. Use My Fitness Pal or similar app to log everything
It’s NOT going to be comfortable at first. But, in time, this will come naturally and your new habits will replace your old self destructive behavior. Stay uncomfortable and wait until you check yourself in December of 2017!