We are at that time of the year when a large number of us are still suffering from the excesses of December, with the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Interestingly, if you are finding it hard sticking to that harsh regime or resolution you made at the turn of the New Year to cut down on your food and alcohol intake, you are not alone. It is estimated that around 50 of the population makes resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but only about 8% of us actually keep them going!
As a nation, we commonly overeat and drink during the month of December, then in January/February work hard to cut just about anything unhealthy out of our diets. However, it is far more important to create a sustainable diet that you can stick to that includes treats now and then. It is also important to give consideration to the types of treats you actually choose to have as part of your eating plan, as these will play a part in whether or not you can stick at losing weight and eating healthily.
The general thought is that if you choose treats that are healthy in a less obvious way, it might be much easier for you to feel satisfied while maintaining self-control so that you don’t fall off the wagon, so to speak.
These could include things such as:
Olives, pumpkin seeds, salmon, nuts, avocado and dark chocolate are just some of the things that are high in fat. However, it is fat that is essential to your brain and, what’s more – they taste great too! As well as being great for your brain, these types of foods help you to control your mood, fight against fatigue and also could help you control your weight.
Although there has been much in the media about the dangers of excessively seeking that golden brown glow, as with anything in moderation, sun tans can be beneficial. Spending just 20 minutes walking in the sunshine allows you to soak up vitamin D which reduces stress and strengthens your bones.
A Cup Of Coffee
One of the latest arguments in the “is coffee healthy?” debate is that drinking any kind of coffee, including decaf, could reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Although there are many experts that support this claim, coffee should be treated like any other stimulant and only be drunk moderately.
If your body is craving something, it is better to fulfil the craving rather than trying to replace it. So the next time you want to eat that brownie or bowl of ice cream, it is better than having extra chips.
Allow Yourself To Get Hungry
It is obviously very easy to eat when you are feeling sad, angry, bored, and stressed and when it’s convenient. Mindless and unnecessary snacking is another very easy habit to start. One way to break these kinds of habits is to plan (even just for one day) all your meals and your snacks and make sure you take time to properly enjoy them and stop eating when you feel full, regardless of what is left on your plate.
AXA PPP Healthcare have a special tool on their website called Shapeshifter which allows you to take a glimpse at your body size and shape if you lived every day like it was Christmas. The results might shock you into considering a more balanced diet for the whole year.