Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions include giving up foods which are seen to be indulgent. Many do this in a bid to turn their health around, and often lose weight, I know I have in the past. However, this year I am looking forward to the delicious foods I can eat rather than focussing on what I can’t eat.
I view my food choices and exercise regime as a lifestyle choice rather than a temporary diet. The food I eat provides optimal nutrition for my body, is inexpensive and I enjoy it, which is arguably the most important factor for any diet. By mid-January I used to feel deprived with my willpower to resist sugary treats rapidly deteriorating. However, I no longer battle sugar cravings simply because they are non-existent.
Previous Resolutions vs On-going Evolutions
- Lose weight → maintain and improve health
This year, I don’t have a particular goal weight or body fat percentage in mind. I am more interested in knowing that I am healthy on the inside as well as on the outside. That being said, I am interested to see my body continue to change as a result of following a paleo, cyclic ketogenic diet and doing HIIT / weight training.
- Everything in moderation → some things in moderation, others in plentiful supply, a few best left altogether
In the past, I would eat “well” throughout the week and reward myself with sugar-laden treats at the weekend…somehow I saw this as being a balanced diet, likely due to its portrayal as healthy via media and advertising. However, now there are a few things that I choose not to eat, even in moderation: gluten, sugars (including high-fructose fruits), dairy (excluding grass-fed butter) and alcohol. Having experienced how I feel and how my body functions with and without these, it’s a no-brainer!
- Eat less chocolate → eat more chocolate
I eat high-quality dark chocolate a few times a week: no sugar crashes, no cravings, only health benefits. Before, sugary milk chocolate was my weakness but I’m sure that if I were to eat some now, I would find it far too sickly and even unpleasant.
- Stick to an exercise regime → listen to my body
Making a commitment to stick to an exercise regime can be a healthy habit for some people but it didn’t work for me. I would find myself exercising most days, even when I didn’t feel well which only exacerbated my health issues. Now my aim is to exercise a couple of times a week but if I don’t feel up to it, I don’t.
- Ice cream as a treat → Ice cream for breakfast
I received an ice cream maker this Christmas and have since been whipping up numerous batches of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof ‘Get Some’ ice cream, who knew ice cream could make you feel SO good! I’ll be posting a recipe for a mocha variation on the blog on Saturday.
This year, instead of making resolutions to create a “new me”, I will be continuing with my on-going evolution towards optimal health.