Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas, and are ready to start a New Year. Typically at this time of year people make resolutions about what they hope to achieve during the coming year. Typically most people don’t keep them either! At church on Sunday we had a talk about resolutions, and when we were asked what our previous year’s resolutions were, no-one could actually remember, so I think its safe to say that we all generally have good intentions but that they don’t often go much further.
I’ve learnt a few things this year about my eating habits, and in case you fancy making your own resolutions, I thought I would share my thoughts in the hope that maybe one or two of these ideas will work for you. Don’t forget that different things work for different people, but that there is no harm in giving something new a go.
- Reducing carbohydrates in your diet can assist weight maintenance: This year I have consciously lowered my carbohydrate intake. I’ve eaten less bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and breakfast cereal. I’ve probably eaten slightly less sweet stuff too, but not as noticeably. By the end of the year I have managed to achieve a more steady weight maintenance without the assistance of keeping a food diary.
- Advance tactics can lessen the impact of buffet meals: This year I have planned in advance how much I am going to eat at buffet meals and bring and share type meals. Whilst my plans do not always fully come to fruition, I think overall I ate less than if I had not had a plan at all.
- Teamwork or support from other people can motivate you: This year a friend of mine also had success with low carb eating, and some close relatives lost weight for a family occasion. Hearing their experiences and sharing my own made me more enthused to keep my own weight down.
- If you find a way of eating that you enjoy you are more likely to stick to it: I enjoy eating low carb breakfasts and lunches, and find an evening meal more satisfying if it is low carb rather than low fat. This makes me more inclined to stick to this way of eating even if its more work.
- Consistency is the key to exercise rather than frequency or intensity: My exercise levels have been nothing to shout about this year but I do regularly take a lunchtime walk at work. Just keeping up this level of exercise, 5 x 30 minute walks a week has enabled me to continue to maintain my weight.
- Eating sugar early in the day can make you eat sugar ALL day: I do like something sweet after a meal, and a square of chocolate or two or a small scoop of ice-cream after dinner is sufficient. If I have a cake mid morning, I find it hard to resist eating cake or chocolate throughout the day. Whilst part of this response is in my head, I think part of it is chemical as well. My body seems to reset to “normal” overnight and I’m okay again the next day.
- Consistently drinking water is good for you: I’ve had some headaches this year, and making sure I am well hydrated seems to have reduced the frequency. I am drinking up to 3 litres a day and haven’t had a headache for a month. Obviously its anecdotal evidence and there are other triggers too but it’s worth trying if its something with which you have a problem. I don’t just drink plain water, that includes weak tea, green tea, and fruit and herbal tea.
Whatever your resolutions are, I wish you all the best for 2013 and beyond!