Staying Motivated in the New Year – Resolutions for Nutrition
by Lisa Metzgar, PhD
Staying Motivated !
Every year at this time we look at the past year and see what we can learn from our experiences to make new goals for the New Year. Making goals for our health is usually on our list. Eating healthier, exercising more, and ridding ourselves of harmful stress are all part of our goals for a better year.
I don’t need to tell you that eating more fruits, vegetables, and lean protein should be a part of your goals. We all know this fact. Drinking less alchohol and caffeine, eating less sugar and processed foods will end up on your list of goals. As a nutritional consultant I have found that people know what they SHOULD be doing. I can educate you on the benefits of certain nutrients, tell you what you should be eating, tell you that you should drink more water but that isn’t what makes you do it.
So what is the key? If we all know what we should be eating, what we should be feeding our families why don’t we?
The key is motivation. Your WHY! Your WHY must be sincere and in line with what your true values are in order for you to succeed with your New Year goals. Just because the doctor tells you that you should eat better or you will become diabetic doesn’t always mean that you will follow his or her orders. Oh for a little while you will but then what happens? You start falling back into the same habits you always had. Stress will be your excuse, laziness, lack of time you name it the excuses will win.
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So how do you change? I suggest you sit down with yourself and really think about what your values are in your life. What does your family mean to you? In an ideal life what would that look like in 10 years if you had everything you needed? How do you want to feel? Be very specific in your description of your future you. Picture yourself there now and write it all down. Write how it would feel, look like, every detail you can put into your definition of the perfect you. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what you can imagine so go for it really feel it! Then start writing small steps on how to get there what is one thing you can start today to get you on your way? Is it to start eating one more vegetable a day? Drink more water? Get rid of the processed food in your cabinet? Anything you can do to start the process is a step in the right direction.
Next…I suggest that you start listening to more motivational input. We as a society get very caught up in the negative media. The music you listen to, the shows you watch, the news you listen to can be very damaging to our psyche. Start reading inspirational books, listen to positive messages from people like Jim Rohn or Zig Ziglar, watch positive television shows like the Biggest Loser. I find that if you shift your thinking energy flows where thought goes.
My husband and myself are both very educated in the health field. I have a PhD in Holistic Nutrition and he was a personal trainer and spin instructor yet we along with most everyone have to constantly motivate ourselves to not indulge in our vices too often or at least do our 10,000 steps everyday. In the past few months we decided to help motivate each other and keep each other accountable. The results we both have lost about 10 lbs and feel wonderful. We both know what we need to do to keep ourselves healthy but it doesn’t always happen. Even knowing what I know about food and nutrition I too have to stay motivated.
Here’s to a healthy and Happy New Year in 2010!
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LisaMetzgar, PhD,she received her BA in Biology from UCSD, is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and received her Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition.
Lisa has taught body mind retreats in San Diego, Seattle, and Australia and currently has a practice in Reno, NV where she does nutrition counseling.Lisa's passion is to educate families about a healthy lifestyle.
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