The New Year sees so many of us making resolutions to make healthy changes in our lives many of which require us to eliminate something that has been a part of our lives for a long time.
But how many new years resolutions are broken by the end of January?
Let's make sure that this doesn't happen this year by changing the way we think about these resolutions or eliminations!
Don't stop it, swap it!
You want to eat more healthily and decide to cut certain foods out of your diet. Sounds great! But as soon as you want those foods again, if you haven't thought of an alternative to allow yourself, then you will fall at this hurdle. So instead of your new years resolution being "I will stop eating cake." turn it into "I will swap cake for fruit." You will be able to keep this one up.
I have learned about what certain inflammatory foods are doing to my body and have decided to eliminate gluten, soy, dairy, peanuts, eggs, corn, sugar and most carbohydrates from my diet to allow my digestive system to heal. Most are easy because I eliminated them long ago, but some - namely gluten, eggs and carbs needed to be replaced by something else, or I would go hungry and cave in! So I learned about the paleo diet, and learned from JJ Virgin's new book The Virgin Diet (which I highly recommend) and now I know what I should have on my plate. I switched my carbs for very small portions of brown rice and increased my protein (organic meat) and good fat (coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocados) intake so that I don't feel like I'm missing anything, apart from the weight that is dropping off me and the lack of horrible inflammatory symptoms like bloating, bumpy skin, wind, painful gut,... and I'm loving missing those!
Would you rather ...?
The other thing that I wanted to change was my alcohol drinking habits. I had been using alcohol to switch off from work, something I used to find hard to do without it. But since I accepted that it was better to use alcohol than to never switch off, I have been able to give myself more time off and now I no longer have the excuse that I need alcohol to switch off from work.
So Jarrod and I decided that when it came to alcohol we would always ask ourselves and each other this question:
"Would you rather have wine or save that money and go out for a great meal at the end of the week?"
"Would you rather have wine or save that money and go away for a city break each month?"
We are honest with each other about the amount of money that we would have spent on alcohol and we put that amount of money in a cocktail shaker (it seemed more appropriate than a jar!). Now we will make conscious decisions on spending that money on something we'd much rather do with it.
Do you want to carry on what you have been doing over and over, or would you rather choose something better for yourself now?
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