With another year gone, it is that time of year again to promise yourself that you will eat healthily, hit the gym often, and fit into that outfit that you’ve been holding on to for years. In other words, it is that time to create those New Year’s resolutions. Here are some simple pointers from our providers to help you achieve your goals.
Rajae: My recommendation is moderation; it is about quantity and quality. I'd like you to focus on this in the new year. It is about what you eat and how much you eat. The critical point here is balance. I always tell my patients it is okay to treat themselves once in a while, but we only have one body, and we need to take good care of it so that it lasts in good health for an extended period.
Patty: All I can say is that a busy mind is a healthy mind. Taking up a hobby or keeping busy with other enjoyable interests may help to stick to your resolutions.
Focus on what you are putting on your plate. Aim for half the plate to be salads and the other half to be meat and carbohydrates. Also, try to exercise for 30 minutes a day at least four times a week. Exercise doesn't have to be heavy impact; it can be brisk walking or cycling. Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks as much as possible. It's ok to have your favorite beverage in moderation!
Instead of having one significant health goal for the year (which can be quite daunting), think of smaller, more attainable goals you can work towards each month to help you succeed at your big goal for the year.