I love the energy in the new year. I love the opportunity of a fresh slate. I love the optimism around making changes that build energy and confidence!
But one thing that bums me out is that only 8% of New Year’s Resolutions will be maintained past February. Only 8%!
So what makes that 8% successful?
I think it is a combination of a well thought out plan, and a shift in perspective.
PERSPECTIVE: All too often we try to make dietary changes by telling ourselves what we CAN’T have, as opposed to focusing on what we choose to eat. We channel our energy toward removing food, instead of adding. This year, before you create that list of foods you “can’t eat”… I challenge you to ADD foods that make you feel good. And a category of food that is awesome to start with is adding more fruits and veggies. The recommended daily amount is 5-9 servings per day (1 serving = 1 cup). How many of you are close to this?
As of a year ago, I sure wasn’t. I made this change last year and it was epic. I went from maybe one fruit/veggie per day to 6-9 PER DAY!
Yes it is hard work.
Yes I get sick of them sometimes.
YES THE ENERGY BOOST is worth it.
One of my favorite ways to add 3-4 servings in ONE setting is to add a smoothie as a side to any meal.
Whatever you decide to add to your plate this year I hope you do so with curiosity. Find out what foods feel great in your body and which ones lead you to feeling sluggish. Each one of you are unique and I guarantee each one of you processes food differently from the person next to you.
If you aren’t sure where to start try logging your food for one day, and rate your energy on a scale of 1-10 throughout the day (1 as low energy, and 10 being toddler-level energy). It is pretty cool when you start working WITH your body to find what feels good as opposed to that restrictive diet that leaves us all feeling empty (both physically and emotionally). And if you need a little more help with your PLAN come chat with me at DietitiansABQ.
Cheers and happy new year!