New Year's Resolutions
So. Despite the great advice I gave you in December 😉 you’ve overindulged again. You’re probably feeling a mixture of guilt, despair, self-loathing…or just plain fat and toxic. Of course, you’re now keen to start the year on the right foot, with the latest exercise gizmo, gym membership or most promising celebrity diet.
So here’s a reality check: only about 8% of us manage to stick to our New Year’s resolutions and diets? Well, they simply don’t work.
FACT: the UK diet industry is worth £2 billion
…The frustrating thing is? THEIR SUCCESS is based on YOUR FAILURE to lose the weight permanently and the certainty that you’ll be buying into the next diet fad in a short while – having piled on a few more pounds for good measure.
Trouble is, it’s not just your weight (and bank account) that is suffering here. Your health isn’t improving from the dieting either. In my practice, I see many people who have not only added more weight after dieting, but are also developing all sorts of issues ranging from chronic constipation, IBS, skin problems and erratic blood sugar levels that lead them to develop irresistible cravings, mood swings, depression and constant fatigue.
Help is at hand! Here is some realistic, tried and tested, simple advice that will get you started on the right track:
- Best detox programme: also the cheapest, safest and most effective plan: sip your 1.5-2 litres of plain room-temperature water throughout the day. This will help combat gut and skin issues, constipation, fatigue, lethargy, liver and other inflammation etc.
- Don’t cut out any food groups: (unless advised to do so by a GP/practitioner) No food group is bad for you – carbs, protein, good fats, fruits + vegetables and some salt all have a role to play in your health. It’s when we over-eat one or more of these that things start to go wrong. So eat them all and enjoy – in moderation.
- Cut out sugar: at the risk of contradicting my last point, sugar is definitely one substance no one needs and eating it will make you want more and really disrupt your appestat (appetite 'thermostat'). A little xylitol (totally natural sugar replacement, made from the bark of the beech tree), stevia and occasional raw honey will be fine and give you that sweet taste that so many crave..
- Powerwalk: ditch the gym membership, buy yourself a decent pair of walking shoes and raincoat and walk OUTSIDE for 30 minutes a day, rain or shine. It’s free, good for you and you might even make new friends because you’ll be smiling the whole way.
- Be gentle with yourself – do things that make you feel A happy mind will often result in a happier body!
Have a great New Year and enjoy the New You!