5 Steps to a Slim and Healthy New Year

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 9.23.35 AMWith Christmas over and New Year’s approaching what’s the easiest and most effective thing you can do to recover from the excesses of overeating, and the blame, shame and self criticism that goes with it? Here are some simple actions you can take to change your habit and jump start your way toward a healthier, slimmer, happier 2017.

#1 Do not step on the scale.   Why rub it in?

#2 Do not give up on yourself. Ever. This should actually be # 1.

#3 Throw out the “frankenfoods” (not made by nature) in your fridge and cupboard and do not replace with same. A good place to start your hit list would be anything that contains canola, safflower, soybean and cottonseed oils. These are the worst offenders, and have contributed largely to our overweight and malnourished population. You will find them in practically every un-food on the shelf. Unfortunately, and contrary to marketing myths, chemistry does not improve on nature when it comes to food.

#4 Start your day with whole foods, eat all you want of those, and then, repeat. Simple!   Purchase only quality whole foods and you will save on your grocery budget as you buy and eat a lot less.

#5. Eat Mindfully. This is the hardest step, but if mastered, can create the most change. How to eat mindfully?   Pay very close attention to your eating behavior.  Slow down the process and really notice how you act around food. How quickly do you reach (or grab) for the next bite? How fast do you bring it to your mouth? What size of bite do you habitually take? Do you gulp your food down or savor the taste? Do you chew fast or slowly?   Do you eat for pleasure, out of hunger, habit or nervousness, or to appease someone else?

As your awareness grows, so does your health. Happy, Healthy New Year to You.


signature_w_heartCathy Lidster, Health Educator, offers free nutrition classes monthly. She can be reached at Centennial Building Wellness Centre, 250-819-9041, www.cathylidster.com, or cathylidster@gmail.com