I don’t know about you but, for me, the year is rapidly winding down. And before we know it, the holidays will be here and then we will usher in a new year. And, of course, at the advent of a new year is when we typically decide what our new year’s resolutions will be. And, typically, many of us make resolutions having to do with our health. The most popular ones being losing weight, exercising more, and eating healthier. But, I have a different take, I like to set myself up for a healthier New Year way before it gets here. I think this time of year, when fall is here, is the perfect time to think about what I want to accomplish health wise because it’s right before the craziness of the holidays hit. This is when I like to really focus on what I want to work on to get stronger and healthier. So, I want to share my three part method with you. Here goes:
What do you want?
Ask yourself, “What do I want”? For example, in my case, I want to build more core strength and get more flexible. For you, it could mean eating more servings of vegetables and fruits. Or, how about learning how to make healthy meals at home, especially if you have been eating out a lot? Once you know what you want, get specific. Say that you decide that you will eat more servings of vegetables and fruits? Decide how many servings that will be. Will it be five or even more? Take your time with this step and really give it some deep thought, because this step is the foundation for all that is to follow.
Make a plan list
OK, now that you know what you want to work toward for your health, how do you get there? What you want to do is to break it down into manageable steps. The first thing to do is to make your plan list. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just make a list of what feel you need to get going. Now, don’t stress here, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Just start writing down what you think would be logical steps to get you where you want to go. For instance, say your “wants” are to learn how to make healthier meals at home and eat eight servings a day of vegetables and fruits. Logical items to add to your list might be:
- Research and invest in recipe books that feature healthy meals with lots of vegetables and fruits (two of my favorites are The Engine2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn and Eat to Live: The Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman)
- Google “Healthy Vegetable Meals” and “Healthy Fruit Recipes”
- Take a cooking course that features healthy vegetable meals and healthy fruit desserts
You get the idea. It’s not necessary to make a long list. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many steps. This is meant to be an enjoyable process. So, have fun! Try to incorporate foods you love. For example, do you love tacos (I do!)? Great! Investigate recipe books that feature healthy tacos. Do a search on amazon for healthy tacos and see what comes up. In my case, I searched for vegan tacos and I have been in vegan taco heaven ever since! If you’d like some tips on healthy vegan meal planning (works even if you are not vegan), CLICK HERE to check out my post on the subject.
Work the plan
Now that you have the steps you want to take in place, it’s time to work the plan. Decide when you will kick off your plan. Are you starting right now or are you waiting until the New Year? The point is to pick a start date. Then, decide in what order you will implement your steps and stick to it. Always remember that this is meant to be enjoyable and that you are doing something positive for your health. Because your health is the most valuable thing that you have. You are so worth it! To your good health!