Then our calendar quickly reminds us that the New Year is here, and that this grace period has come to end. Now we must brace ourselves of having to deal with the consequences for a week or two of overindulgence (GUILTY!)
Reality Check Time!
Following the emotional rollercoaster comes the infamous "new year, new you" taglines and all the associated implications between needing to wait for January to change the habits that have accumulated over the past eleven months, and that suddenly caring for your health becomes of utmost importance for the next 30 days - sound familiar?
Welcome to the 2017 New Year's Resolutions Survival Tips' Series
Now, that we've gotten that out in the open, let's talk about sustainable approaches to ACTUALLY becoming a healthier version of you and your family for the entire year, and not just for the first month. In this blog series of tips for being a healthier and happier version of you, I'm highlighting six practical and sustainable tips.
Eating healthy and exercising more are two of the most common goals that I hear for New Year's resolutions. While I think it's great to focus on our fitness more and eat more nutritious foods, these changes don't seem to last long for most people. Not to mention, stress levels keep skyrocketting year after year, as reported by more than 70% of North Americans. So, how can we slow things down and mentally prepare for another year where we can bring these goals to fruition?
In this blog series, I have prepared some of my favourite nutriFoodie 'survival tips' for you and your family to have a happy healthy New Year and make lasting changes.
I find early January to be very positive as many people are incredibly motivated for a fresh start and in a good mindset to make changes. In order to work on changing our behaviours and making long-term changes, we need to start slowly and make small goals we can build over time.
nutriFoodie Survival Tips for 2017
Tip #1: Plan Ahead for 2017
- Planning ahead as a family can help to keep each other accountable and set realistic long-term goals. Children get excited when they have something to look forward to and enjoy helping parents to achieve goals. Scheduling family activities help to create stronger bonds between parents, parent and child and children and their siblings.
- Personally, I take time early in January to set *realistic* goals for the year on a personal and professional level, and I constantly read my resolutions every month to keep on top of them.
- How to do it: Sit down as a family with a yearly calendar and pre-plan big family goals, special family dinners and celebrations, adventure days, vacations etc. Add in monthly activities as you go along. Reflect on goals, accomplishments and any setbacks at the end of each month together and keep each other on track. On a weekly basis, pre plan some food for relaxing days (see our recent blog post for some extra tips) or do family menu planning, grocery shop and meal prep at the start of each week.
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