A Healthy Perspective

Breaking bad New Year’s habits may not be as difficult as it seems. A new year is right around the corner, and for most people now is the time they start creating their great New Year’s resolutions. For some people these don’t even revolve around health or nutrition at all, but the majority of them do. These range from crazy obnoxious ideas of losing 100-200 pounds within the whole year, to completely cutting something out or “cold turkey.” 

Now, I’m not saying those aren’t accomplishable but I am saying they are extremely high and far from reach.  I’m going to take you through the steps you can take so you don’t end up being a “New Year’s never-resolutionist.”

The first key or tip I tell everyone is to make your goals reachable.  What I mean by that is starting small, by starting small you can make weekly or monthly goals that are not only obtainable but are reasonable.  According the Forbes magazine, the University of Scranton did research over the percentage of people that dropped or stopped their resolutions, and this went on to only eight percent of people actually complete their resolution.

One thing to remember while taking this journey is to not let percentages, or acquisitions bring you down, by using that feedback and the feedback you get from completing your weekly or monthly goals can help give you the energy and positivity that you need to continue on.

After knowing your goals, the next key is understanding what portion control is.  Portion control gets a bad rap in the nutrition industry.

When you tell someone to control the portions they are in taking, they tend to do extreme cuts in portions and do crazy things with their food intake that they shouldn’t.  Understanding portion control is understanding serving sizes.  For most college students, we have an all you can eat buffet right around the corner, so by limiting how many plates you take can help cut portions, but also by not overloading your plate.  Websites like www.webmd.com and www.everydayhealth.com have several tools and quizzes that can help you understand portion control and using your hands or fingers to measure serving sizes.

One final key left that you can take with you on your journey to a healthier you is enjoying it!  I know what most people are saying, why is this key?  Why are you telling us to enjoy it?  When Americans are looking at something to accomplish as a means of enjoying it, you’re more prone to completing that goal.  Some tips to doing so would be finding a friend that has the same goals as you do.  By getting a friend to do this with you gives not only you but your friend an accountability buddy.

Another tip would be getting adequate sleep, you should be getting around 6-8 hours of sleep every day. By controlling your sleeping patterns can reduce stress and give you the proper energy you need to crush the next day and everything you plan for that and for the future! With that being said, don’t fall into the flaws that Americans have put into place about resolutions.  Create your own, use the keys and control your destiny!  It’s hard, but it’s not impossible.

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