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New Year - New You .... Really???


New Year New You – most people make NY Resolutions. Do they last? Usually by the end of January they are all but forgotten about. We tend to make a big effort at the start of the year, but this wears off as we are faced with our normal daily routines and the struggles to accommodate those changes; our own behaviours and habits also stop us succeeding often.

What are the Top 10 Healthiest NYR’s?

  1. Lose Weight,

  2. Stay in Touch,

  3. Stop Smoking,

  4. Save Money,

  5. Cut your Stress

  6. Volunteer

  7. Go back to school

  8. Cut back on Alcohol

  9. Get more sleep

  10. Travel

How are we likely to stick to those NYR’s a bit longer?

  1. Be realistic with your goals, do not create an unachievable goal for yourself

  2. Make it positive, i.e. create a positive message for yourself

  3. Sit down with your weekly planner and fit your goals into your week, so make them realistic. Print out that planner and hang it up in your kitchen

  4. Check in with yourself every so often, maybe every week, to see how you are feeling with the change in your life, and is it working for you?

How can we achieve our goals? Draw lessons from the most successful people around: at the start of the year, sit down and make a list of goals for the year. Write down achievable goals for your personal and professional life. Focus on the most important ones to you first. Then figure out what you need to do to achieve them. Write all this down. Make a timeline for yourself, maybe in a diary or on a wall calendar. Try to be as detailed about how to achieve your 2-3 major goals as you can. And start taking action! Having it written down, and in steps, makes you accountable and can give you support when you feel things aren’t going well. It can help you stick to achieving those goals. This is a very powerful tool.

How do we improve our health in 2018?

If you are not exercising already, get moving. 30 mins light exercise (e.g. brisk walk) 3-5 times per week is enough to really make a difference to your health.

Eat more vegetables and start cooking for yourself. A wholefoods diet prepared at home is really the basis of a healthy life.

Consider taking multivitamins and maybe Vitamin D during the winter months.

Sleep! Most of us don’t get enough sleep. As it’s restorative for body and mind it is essential.

And if you feel a proper NCT of your diet and overall health are in order you can contact me at www.grassrootsnutrition.ie for an appointment.


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Greystones, Co. Wicklow

+ 353 (0)85 739 9603

alex.dobbs.nutrition@gmail.com

 

BSc, DipNT, mNTOI

Nutritional Therapy

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