Resolutions for Keeps - The New Indian Express

Resolutions for Keeps

Published: 05th January 2014 12:00 AM

Last Updated: 04th January 2014 11:59 AM

Though, there are no studies to prove it, “weight loss” tops the list of New Year’s resolutions. There is nothing to fret if it has featured or topped your list more than once. It happens with most. A medical practitioner has aptly defined resolution as “It’s ‘solution’, meaning you are solving a problem, with the prefix ‘re’, which usually means again. We strive to solve a problem again and again and again.”

So, continuing with the tradition we look at some healthy resolutions for 2014:

Keep a food diary: This gives you a more accurate picture of what you are consuming, so you can target areas for improvement. Include all snacks and drinks as these can massively contribute to your daily calorie intake. Identify the times when you are most likely to reach for high fat/sugar foods and keep healthy alternatives to hand.

Get some fresh air: Simply being in nature can have a big effect on an overloaded mind. Find a place in nature that speaks to you, whether it’s a spot in your backyard or a bench at a local park. Visit there regularly, even if it’s only for a short time.

Sleep more: Sleeping helps burn fat, decreases stress, improves immune system and boosts mood and mental clarity. If a night’s sleep doesn’t seem to give you a day’s energy, investigate your sleep quality. Put your phone to work with apps that tell you how much rest you got versus moving around the bed. Try Sleepbot or Deep Sleep.

Add something: Instead of subtracting soda, sugar or fat from your diet, make a resolution to add something. Add a serving of vegetables to every meal. Add protein to your snacks. Add two glasses of water to your daily routine. You’ll find over time that these additions will leave no room for unhealthy habits.

Go fishing: Aim to consume at least two portions of fish each week (one of which should be oily). Oily fish contains omega 3 fatty acids that protect the heart and seafood contains iodine, which is important for brain development and to regulate the body’s metabolism. Try using fish in stews and curries as an alternative to meat.

Take time to breathe: When was the last time you inhaled deeply, feeling your ribcage lift and your chest expand? Most people take only shallow breaths throughout the day. This limits the oxygen circulating throughout the body, leading to increased anxiety and higher blood pressure.

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