With the New Year the internet is swarming with new diet and workout trends and tips on living your best life. It can be overwhelming to navigate where to start and thus I’d like to suggest the following for consideration:
- Remove the clutter
Once the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, start by removing the clutter. Whether it is mail that hasn’t been read, overflowing expired food in the pantry, or clothes you haven’t touched in years - it needs to go! Also, consider less obvious clutter like being over extended with hobbies or keeping up with social media.
- Reconnect with your goals
Take time to reflect on what is important to you. Starting here can be a great way to help you set achievable and realistic expectations for yourself. From there, you can set up a step-by-step action plan on how you're going to achieve them!
- Rev up your activity
Start by finding something you enjoy. Are you one to embrace the seasonal sports or activities? Perhaps try snow showing or cross country skiing. Are you motivated by working out with others? Check out our group offerings here at the DAHLC! Or maybe you’d prefer to focus on increasing your daily steps by taking the stairs at work or walking laps around the local mall or school. Whatever it is, find something you enjoy and make it fun!
- Refuel your morning
Instead of skipping out on breakfast experiment with starting your day off with a nutritious meal to fuel your day. Try this orange and banana oatmeal parfait. Feel free to use citrus fruit of choice or add a bit more protein by using Greek yogurt.
- Remember your priorities
There is only so much time in one day and one person can only do so much. Give yourself permission to set boundaries to allow you to feel more balanced. Because at the end of the day, you should be your biggest priority.
Cheers to a New Year!
Kristen Blixt, RD