Remember small steps is all it takes to start a new routine. Choose one or two of these suggestions and tailor what works best.
Just the act of thinking about these items, gives the brain a rest from craving something less healthy.
It's surprising and rewarding to find once the positive behaviors have begun and the body gets use to the healthy changes they become the new norm.
Put away sweet treats from the holidays.
"Out of sight, out of mind." This could include freezing the items for a later time, giving them to friends or neighbors, or simply tossing them out.
Drink more water.
This will fill the stomach. Many times a feeling of hunger is actually a sign of dehydration.
Eat more fruit.
Many antioxidants are found in fruit. Substitute fruit when the urge for something sweets occurs.
In the winter months, clementines and pomegranates are an easy snack and are readily available.
Eat three meals a day plus a snack.
If your body is NOT getting enough nutrients or calories, it will go into "starvation mode" and begin retaining fat to prepare for the future.
The other information in this book includes exercise, yoga and plans which will provide a healthful guide even if blood pressure isn't an issue.
Walking is an easy activity which can be added into a daily routine.
For this examiner, finding an incentive, like photography while walking or walking with a friend, is helpful to get started.
Climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator whenever possible is good.
Have a support system.
Let's your friends and family know your goals. This examiner's current goal is to lose ten pounds or ten inches in ten months, for example.
Find someone who has similar goals and encourage one another.
Plan something positive for the near future, go to the movies, try a new recipe, buy something new at the farmers market, do a craft or artwork, make a new friend,
Recognize small accomplishments.
Take care of you!
Best wishes for a healthy and happy year to come!
Did you enjoy this article? If so, please click the "Subscribe" or "Sign up" button above to receive alerts each time a new article is published by Pamela Jacobs.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments, farms or farmers markets I should visit.
Check out Colchester Farmers Market Examiner on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Thank you!