HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It’s that time of the year again and I am SOOO excited for the New Year and what God has planned for me! I set the bar pretty high for myself and my 2020-year goals are off the chain! How about you? Have you set up some goals yet? I mean real goals – NOT Resolutions. I don’t believe in resolutions because resolutions are a set up for failure. But that’s another conversation for another day.
As we start preparing to cap the year by remembering our successes, we also have to set goals and start looking forward to the new changes that we can do in 2020 and with this comes the resolve to, once again, hit the gym, get fit, and be ready to rock that beach body when summer rolls in.
It goes without saying that most of us indulged a bit more than we should have this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a grand slam comeback! It doesn’t have to hold us back from what we know we want to accomplish this year and every year thereafter. Are you feeling what I’m saying?
Okay…let me cut to the chase right now and steer you in the right direction so you can skip the mistakes you’ve made in the past.
On top of a lot of people’s New Year’s Resolutions is to go on a diet. Yet a good question to ask before you dive into the newest fad is this: Is a diet what you need–or do you need to be more mindful of your nutrition as we welcome the start of a new decade?
If your vision for 2020 is a healthier you, then you may want to understand first how diets work and what nutrition truly means. The difference may surprise you since most people assume that diet and nutrition is the same thing.
Diets are a dime a dozen. Some diet regimens promote particular types of foods and others count caloric intake. However, what appears to be common in most of these diets is the restricting or limiting of certain types of foods.
Most people think this is a common sense approach. They think if you cut down on the food you eat, you will likely expend what you eat and have no more left to store. Not true. There is more to this than simple mathematics.
Did you know…(Don’t faint when you hear this) that a plateful of white carbohydrates and processed meats, half a liter of cola, and a slice of cake for dessert can already have over 2,000 calories–which is roughly the necessary caloric intake for one whole day? On the other hand, it is possible to eat that same amount of calories in three square meals, with snacks of fruits, nuts, and coffee or natural coconut water in between.
What makes a diet less healthy and incomplete, as a practice is that counting calories is never enough. You can limit your caloric intake to 1,500 calories a day, but if you keep eating white carbohydrates and other junk food, it will not contribute to a healthier lifestyle and you’ll still run out of energy before your next feeding time. That’s a big reason why people are always tired.
But if you look at the nutritional value of what you eat, it will make a huge difference. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, it will aid in better body building exercises AND you’ll be able to eat more calories than the norm. Yet you’ll be healthier and weight loss will be a breeze.
So as we “ROCK OUT” into this new beautiful decade include in your new goals one change at a time. This year, think of “quality” over “quantity.” Think of food that makes you feel good inside out instead of limiting the amount of food that you eat. Instead of counting calories, check the nutritional label of foods. Swap unhealthy calories with healthier options. Take the time to list down foods that give you better energy throughout the day.
Keep this practice up, and you’ll be rocking that beach bod for the entire 2020 and beyond!
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Go ahead..take that Next BIG step!