After the holidays, we all get on a kick to get healthy, but many of us fall off the wagon. 92% of all New Years Resolutions fail, but that may be because we are not setting intentions for our health goals. We all want to be healthy, but are you truly defining the real reason(s) that you want to get healthy?
Here are some tips that I want you to think about when setting your health goals:
1.) Know your purpose. Why do you want to get healthy? Do you have kids, or are you trying to have kids? Do you want to see them walk the stairs at graduation and to see their children grow? Or, do you just want to walk around the grocery store without your joints hurting? Have a reason for why you want to get healthy. I always say have a “Why That Makes You Cry.”
When I was diagnosed with Melanoma, my whole life shifted. I knew I needed to be healthy for my girls and my husband. THEY are my reason to stay the course of eating whole foods and taking natural supplements so that I can be at my most optimal health. They are my Why That Makes Me Cry. I also know that I want to have an impact while I am here on the next generation.
What is your purpose for getting healthy? If it is a loved one, keep a picture of them somewhere (in the kitchen so you will make healthy choices or in your car so you will go to the gym). Seeing this photo frequently will remind you of your health goals. And, if you make a mistake, and we all do, don’t beat yourself up! Just go right back to eating healthy… not the next day, but the next meal!
2.) Education and Motivation. It is so easy to just listen to what the marketing tells us is healthy. You can’t just fall for the marketing campaigns that say foods are healthy when they are not. You must get educated. This is why I love to share how simple it can be to just read labels instead of reading the marketing on the front of products. Once you learn to do this, you will feel empowered to make healthier choices!
Also, staying positive will help you stay focused on your health goals. Find motivational material or books that motivate you and breathe life into your mind. There are many great motivational books to choose from, and my main source of motivation comes from The Bible, the true spoken word. You may find that having an app on your phone that sends you daily motivational quotes or messages works better than reading a book. Whatever works best for you, just do it and be consistent. You won’t believe what reading motivational material will do for your mindset! It absolutely feeds your soul.
3.) Spring Clean the People in Your Life. Find people that will truly support and love you in this journey, and “Spring Clean” those that do not support and love you. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people that are on the same healthy page that you are on will enable you to be successful and also help others to be successful in their health goals.
Spring Clean Your Foods
Did you know that there are foods that effect your mood? If you are in a funk, and you think you are eating healthy and counting calories, but you still feel bad and your moods are low, get to the truth about which foods really nourish your body and mind vs the foods that negatively impact our bodies and minds. What you may not realize is that diet foods and packaged foods can literally be effecting your mindset. Here are ingredients that you should STAY AWAY from because they alter your moods.
- artificial colorings (look for names like “Red 40” and “Yellow 5” on labels)
- artificial flavorings (including vanillin, used in synthetic vanilla)
- artificial sweeteners (Acesulfame-K, Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose)
- BHA, BHT, and TBHQ preservatives
- High fructose corn syrup
These ingredients have also been linked to ADHD in many children. Eating whole, nutritious foods will alert your body to snap out of this funk.
Did you know that you can Eat Your Prozac? Literally! If you are on anti-depressants or feeling down in the dumps, there are foods that can help lift your mood like cashews and organic turkey which both have tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that our bodies cannot make. It produce niacin (a B Vitamin) which helps the body produce serotonin, the chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and helps with sleep.
Below is a list of foods to keep in your pantry and refrigerator that are mood-enhancing: