Setting your New Year goals is essential when thinking about your health and overall well-being. Whether focusing on losing 5 pounds, gaining 5 pounds or completely detoxing, setting your goal will help you attain positive results; It can even help you to go beyond these same goals.
Health and nutrition will be at the top of many people’s new year resolutions but not everyone will find it easy accomplishing these goals. Fortunately, we’ve put together a little guide to goal setting, how to inspire you and help you rethink how to achieve your nutrition goals.
Think about yourself and the issues that are affecting your life or areas you want to improve. Be it malnutrition, overweight, or underweight, identifying these predicaments and their sources will help you define your goals precisely.
Set Small Goals And Small Steps
The bigger your health goal, the harder and more frustrating it is to achieve. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 13 pounds by Christmas,” why not say, “I want to start eating healthier while at work? It’s obvious that with some preparation and will power this is easily achievable.
You can control what you are doing right now, not what you will do in four months. Smaller, shorter-term goals are much more motivating.
Be More Specific
To increase the chances of achieving your set New Year goals, define your motive and narrow down to the aspects that will help you prosper. Deciding that you need to eat a healthier diet to lose weight is great; however, you need to be specific with what will complement that idea!
Start with simple meals which have all the nutritional values you require. Try and prepare the meals at the beginning of the week so that you have your specific meals for each day. Setting realistic goals will help you evaluate the risks that will lead you to success or failure.
If your New Year resolution is unreachable, you will have to respect it and reconsider a realistic and attainable goal.
Create Motivation From Within
Sometimes we become so obsessed with where we WANT to go, we forget where we really ARE. We forget to take advantage of our health, our strength, and luck. Improving one’s health and well-being is a noble destination, but it’s also good to enjoy the ride.
So, the next time you’re in the kitchen preparing your healthy meals, be proud of what you’re doing and enjoy it as much as possible. This will help you to achieve your New Year nutrition goals.
Maintain A Balanced Diet
Consuming a balanced diet is one of the core units of achieving your nutrition goals. Incorporate organic fruits and vegetables for good nutrition in your meals and limit fats and sugars. Moderately enrich your diet with herbs or spices such as turmeric (with black pepper), ginger, and cinnamon: these elements have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which help in preventing chronic diseases.
Drink water regularly in small quantities and pay attention to your acidifying/alkalising foods. Indeed, a less acidifying and more alkalising diet can reduce fatigue, inflammation, etc. Various studies show that you should drink about 1.5 litres of water a day, or 8 glasses a day.
Eat Slowly, Eat Less
Your body requires some time to recognise that you have taken enough food. By eating at a small pace, you will have little desire to overeat.
Visualise Your New Body
How are you feeling? What clothes do you wear? Try to imagine the future body you are going to get through the efforts to eating healthy.
Keep A Food Journal Instead of Counting Calories
Maintaining a food diary is less restrictive and allows you to see if your diet is varied and if it contains enough fruits and vegetables.
After recording a few weeks of your diet, you can then compare where you are with your goals and if so what you need to change or add to press on with achieving these goals. You will also be able to determine what foods you should eat in small quantities or what foods to cut out for good.
Do Not Go Shopping When You’re Hungry
When you are hungry, you are forced to buy more food (and not always good food). During this period, you might end up stocking unnecessary food on your body. So avoid going shopping while hungry if you want to maintain a healthy diet.
Do Not Be Too Hard On Yourself
If you have a bad day, forget about it and praise yourself for all the other good days you’ve had. Take a little time out to have a think of where you are with your goals and hopefully how far you’ve come.
Avoid Processed Foods
The popularity of processed food products is on the rise. The main reason is that it is convenient and affordable. However, with all the sugar, salt, preservatives and fats, processed foods are not something you want to eat if you want to be healthy.
In supermarket shelves, processed or ultra-processed foods flourish. However, when they become the basis of our diet, they are harmful to our health and cause many chronic diseases.
One major nutrition goal should be to limit and completely avoid consuming these foods. It might seem hard but committing to your goals will save you big-time!
Following our simple guide, setting your New Year nutrition goals should be easy. In a year, you will look back with great pride and take note of your accomplishments.
Once you have achieved your goals DON’T stop there. You will have shown that you are more than capable of setting and reaching goals so why not have a think about the next year ahead and what goals you feel you would like to achieve.