Here’s why we really should be avoiding the temptation of the next diet 2023….
Trust me, as a former fad dieter – I know how tempting the New Year Diets can be.
It is time to embrace a realistic and wholesome mindset when it comes to setting New Year resolutions, because let’s be honest, putting yourself on a crazy diet will only last short term. The healthy life has to have a ‘forever’ mindset.
This wholesome mindset is the key to long-lasting changes that will continue throughout the year.
Thousands of JSHealth community members have achieved incredible physical and mental results by following our philosophy!
So, here are my top nine tips to get you started.
- Start small – You don’t need to try and do it all, especially in the first week. Trying to completely overhaul your life overnight is overwhelming, and you’ll likely become so exhausted that you lose your motivation. So, scale back that list of resolutions, and focus on making one or two small changes each week for the year ahead.
- Think balance at all times – Life should be about balance in every way! Enjoy all foods moderately and eat foods that make you feel good. Follow the JSHealth nutrition philosophy in our App and Books.
- Learn to cook healthy meals that are easy and delicious – Don’t assume that you need to whip-up fancy, complicated meals. Our JSHealth recipes are here to show you how easy healthy cooking can be.
- Drink more water – If you’re healthy, aim for at least two litres a day. If you’re struggling, try to keep a large bottle of water on your desk at work and add lemon juice and fresh mint for a bit of extra flavour. Take a few big gulps on the hour. Being dehydrated can make you feel tired and hungry!
- Embrace rest – Stress is the root cause of a lot of issues, especially poor gut health. My suggestion is to spend 10-20 minutes every day in a ‘stress-free’ zone – this could be taking a nap, reading a book, having a bath or going for a bushwalk. Set boundaries with social media and technology. My health rule is to switch off your phone and computer by 8pm!
- Be flexible – Aim to eat well 80% of the time and allow yourself a window of 20% for indulgence or imperfect eating. Putting pressure on yourself to eat well 100% of the time generally backfires – we tend to give up, overeat and binge on the foods we feel we’ve been missing out on. So give yourself permission to indulge in moderation and enjoy one or two treat meals or snacks a week. Trying to eat well 100% of the time generally backfires – allow yourself to indulge in moderation
- Don’t follow what your family and friends are doing – Your friends mean well and they might have great ideas, but what works for them could be vastly different from what you need. Focus on your unique body and nourish it accordingly
- Be kind to yourself – You may not be able to twist yourself into Crow Pose or run 10 kilometres, but give yourself credit for trying. Love and appreciate yourself for all the amazing things you do, and know that even those things took some time and practice.