“I want to lose 10 kg by April.”
“No more rice!”
“I am not eating _____ (fill in the blank) until June.”
These are some of the resolutions some of you may have made at the beginning of this new year. While it’s all well and good to have health goals, often times these ambitious resolutions miss the mark. The truth is that diet plans involving deprivation, elimination, starvation, and general “suffer head” moves often fail. They are not sustainable, and sometimes create a different set of problems for your health.
This year, instead of obsessing over your thunder thighs, bat wings and slowly encroaching potbelly, why not simply try to live well? Shift your focus from the number on the scale and instead concentrate on relationships, spirituality, and physical activity. These are the solid building blocks to achieving superior health and happiness.
Here are some tips:
1. Nurture your relationships. Do your very best to be on good terms with your family, friends, spouse/partner, and colleagues. Stay in touch with an occasional call or email just to say “hey”, a Whats App or BBM message to check in with your circle of friends and family. This year, make time for the people around you and see how rewarding it feels.
2. Develop a spiritual practice. We are spiritual beings wonderfully and beautifully made. In order to develop a deeper connection with yourself, you need to feed your spirit. This may mean a fellowship at church, or going to the mosque or temple. It could be meditating or writing in a journal. What ever works for you, just be sure to treat yourself to regular daily quiet time – study, pray, meditate, recharge yourself – so you can stay connected to your Source.
3. Get physical. In 2014, tell yourself that sweat is sexy! Living a sedentary lifestyle totally brings down your mojo so you must include exercise as part of your daily routine. Working out brings clarity, keeps your mind sharp and makes you glow like only endorphins can do. So find a physical activity you will enjoy doing and get moving!
4. Nourish your body with whole foods. The food you eat is everything! When it comes to healthy eating, the same old-fashioned rules still apply: fill up on fresh fruits and veggies, drink water, cut out sugary foods and avoid fatty foods. Keep it simple.
5. Live in the moment. You owe it to yourself to be present and live your best life now. The past is gone, the future is not promised; all you have is NOW! Is there a hobby you have been meaning to pick up? A country you have always wanted to visit? A movie you have been meaning to watch? What do you dream about? Stop procrastinating and start taking steps towards making those dreams a reality.
May 2014 be your best year yet. Live Well!