And just like that, it’s 2016! We hope you have had a wonderful holiday and are feeling well rested and ready to tackle the New Year.Below are 5 pointers to help you to get back on track and into a healthy routine.
- Stock the cupboards with guilt-free goods to ensure
no tempting as you turn over your new leaf! Ensure you have go-to staples such as canned tuna and legumes, a full fruit bowl and salad ingredients in the fridge. Store left-over Christmas treats in opaque containers on the top shelf – out of sight, out of mind we say!
- Rally for routine – one of the easiest ways to get back into healthy habits is through organisation and planning ahead.
Take packed lunches to work and make shopping lists – this will prevent you from straying from your 2016 regimen.
- Away with the alcohol! After December’s indulgent period, aim to reduce your alcohol intake during the week – wine spritzer on weekends only! The perfect mid-week summer evening sundowner is sparkling water with a lemon wedge and cucumber swizzle-stick.
- Get into the groove and move! Yes, get back into your exercise regime…the World Health Organization recommends at least 150min/week of vigorous activity. After a holiday of well-deserved relaxation, kick-start your daily activity by taking the stairs, cleaning the house or rearranging furniture. Work-out whilst ticking off those dreaded “New Year’s Resolutions”.
- Don’t set unrealistic goals. Far too often in the New Year, we fall into the trap of setting the unattainable and become despondent when, “surprise-surprise”, we can’t achieve our objectives. Set one main goal with little steps to reach it – those you can tick off as the weeks roll by.
Other Helpful hints!
- Include at least 200g of vegetables at both lunch and dinner
- Snack on veggie sticks in between meals or 1 portion of fresh fruit
- Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water daily
All of the Dietitians from Nutritional Solutions wish you a Happy New Year! May 2016 bring joy, good health & happiness.