New Year, New You?

Happy 2018! I hope it’s treating you well so far. I know there have been plenty of posts about New Year’s resolutions already, but this is for those still working on them now that the holidays are well and truly over.

My ideal routine includes being careful about what I eat – no refined sugar, low fat, no wheat or dairy. But it’s very hard to keep that up over the holidays, even if I don’t do a traditional family-type celebration. There are a couple of weeks where it all just goes by the wayside. Alcohol has little attraction for me, but the sugar and fat are a different story. Let’s just say I discovered Krispy Kreme doughnuts this December, and leave it at that.

So, come New Year, I went back on the wagon, stricter than before to clear out all the gunk. I’m managing so far, but I find that accomplishing anything else is a struggle. I’ve often wondered why, but I found a couple of resources that do a pretty good job of explaining it.

Ten tips on keeping resolutions, Robert Kelsey – I especially liked the bit about how “If your idea of celebrating your success is to immediately fall off the wagon, you haven’t actually solved the problem”. So true. The point is to find some kind of reward that’s consistent with the new lifestyle you’re trying to create.

Steps for Effective Change, Karyn Hall PhD at PsychCentral Blogs – why change can be difficult – the limits of willpower

Stages of Change: How to Keep a Resolution, Kendra Cherry – preconditions for change, psychological model for stages of change (precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse – note that relapse is common and doesn’t mean you’ve failed as long as you regroup and get back on the wagon again!)

Any improvement is better than none, so don’t be afraid to make a small change. For instance, if you normally drink sodas with sugar, cutting back on them could be a first step toward a healthier lifestyle. To get you started, check out this piece in which Pepsi claimed that a dead mouse would dissolve in Mountain Dew.

And there’s nothing saying that you can only make changes at the New Year. For detoxing, it might be easier to wait until spring, when it’s warmer and lighter – more incentive to get out and about and heavy food is less attractive.  Traditional Chinese medicine recommends detoxing in the spring. So it’s never too late!

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