You CAN make those New Years resolutions successful with a little help and some support.
How to make a healthy resolution that will last beyond January
Tired of setting New Year’s resolutions but not actually getting anywhere with them? Have no fear, Lisa Ireland, your local Loblaws dietitian, is here to help you learn how to eat healthy without the hassle, giving you a fresh start in 2019.
Many factors beyond the scale play a role in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight that you might not be aware of.
Weight management is a priority for many of my clients, especially right after the holidays. Below are some facts to consider in kicking off your healthier New Year.
Tips to Achieve a Healthy New Year
- Eat balanced meals
A variety of foods such as vegetables and fruit, lean proteins, and whole grains at each meal will help keep you full and meet your nutrient needs. Diets that recommend eliminating a food group can become restrictive and set you up for failure.
- Eat Regularly
Meals or healthy snacks should be eaten regularly, ideally, less than 4-6 hours apart. A nutritious snack will help keep your energy levels and productivity up.
- Think before you drink
Flavoured drinks are often high in calories but low in nutrients, and this applies to more than just juice, pop, and alcohol. These hidden liquid calories can be a source of stubborn weight gain. Choose water (flat or sparkling) as your beverage of choice instead.
- Be Mindful
Be aware of different physical, emotional, and environmental cues that cause us to eat. Pay attention to your eating experience. Take a few more chews with each bite and enjoy a meal without distractions.
- Get enough sleep
The number of hours of sleep you get changes the amount of the hormones, ghrelin and leptin that your brain produces, which control when you feel hungry and can cause you to overeat.
- Follow a program
Pickering Loblaws will be hosting a group program designed to provide the support you need as you start your journey to your unique healthy weight with the support of a registered dietitian (fee for service).
- Learn how to read nutrition labels
Many people look at labels and think they understand what they are eating. After coming on the tour, they realize there is always more to learn about how to fuel their bodies better Next free Label Reading Tour: Saturday, January 26 from 10 – 11 am.
Small Changes, Big Impact
- One meal at a time
Focus on one meal at a time rather than trying to restrict your diet for three meals a day. It will feel like you’re making progress without having to make it so difficult on yourself.
- Start fresh
Don’t overcompensate for behaviour that happened previously (i.e. the holidays) – it won’t do you any good in the long term. Be mindful of that behaviour to help transition back into a normal routine.
- Slow and steady wins the race
Skip fad diets for gradual lifestyle changes. It’s easier to keep up and maintain.
For more information about my services, please contact me:
Lisa Ireland, RD
In-store Dietitian, Pickering Loblaws