The New Year is all about making resolutions, setting new goals for yourself, and for some people it is a time to start fresh. This can all be amazingly beneficial if you start thinking about what your goals and resolutions are before the new year begins. Unfortunately, many people do not start thinking about it until we have begun the new year and then when you begin working towards your goals you have already lost some time!
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What you want to do is think of your goals before January 1st comes along. What I tell people and clients is to come up with 3 realistic goals for yourself. An example of an UNREALISTIC goal would be to lose 15 pounds by Valentines’ Day (yes, I have heard that one before). Instead change that to I am going to limit my white sugar intake for 6 weeks. That goal clearly states what you are going to do, and a time frame for how long you want to do it for.
Below are some other tips and tricks to start the New Year out on the right foot!
- Figure out your main goals:
This can mean you write a list of three important goals you want to achieve during this year for fitness, health, or even three goals you want to set for your personal life (whatever that may mean for you!).
- Think and write down what kind of year you want to have
I know it might seem silly but writing down what kind of year you want to have is much more beneficial than just thinking about it and keeping it in your head. Of course, life always makes different plans for us especially in a year time span, however, you can tell yourself that you are, for example, going to make a conscience effort to not overly sweat the small stuff. Personal goals that will help you have a happier year ahead of you. The act of actually writing that down will allow you to be more aware of what changes you want to make.
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- Do not feel guilty if you slip up or make mistakes
Throughout the year do not feel guilty if you get off track. We are all human, and sometimes that means we get unmotivated, or make mistakes along the way and that is okay. As long as you notice the mistake and get yourself back on track to continue to try to better yourself, it is okay to slip up along the way. Do not feel guilty about it because then that is the point where a lot of people give up because they say “oh I already messed up why do I even bother” and that is not the mindset you should have. As long as you are doing your best to better yourself then that is all that matters.
Halloween can be scary for reasons other than the horror movies and creepy costumes. If you are trying to stay on track with your health this Halloween season, you can also be scared of all the candy that surrounds this holiday. I will be giving you some tips and things to think about when getting through the holiday to make it not as scary for you. Continue reading “TIPS TO SURVIVE HALLOWEEN | eatswithalex”
Hormones in our bodies as a whole affects our physical, mental, and emotional health. With modern day’s fast paced chaotic lifestyle, hormonal imbalances have become increasingly common. Usually, our endocrine glands produce the correct amount but stress, diet, and age can disrupt that. Hormones have many functions; they are responsible for complex processes such as metabolism, fertility, and growth. They also affect your immune system, sleep, and even your behavior.
Thankfully you can balance your hormones by living a healthier lifestyle and nutrient rich diet. Below I will explain some ways you can balance them out.
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How to choose a peanut butter:
Peanut butter is a great choice for a snack, whether you devour it from a spoon like I often do or have it with vegetables or fruits. One teaspoon of peanut butter is usually around 90 to 100 calories and around 8 g of protein. However, choosing the correct peanut butter is key. Continue reading “How to Choose a Peanut Butter”
Salmon has so many benefits to eat that most do not even know about, from aiding in brain function to helping keep your skin healthy we should be consuming more fatty fish then we do. However, knowing where your fish is coming from is super important because there is a difference between farm raised fish and wild caught fish. Can someone guess the better option? If you were thinking wild caught…you are correct. There are ways of fish farming correctly and safely for the consumer, however, a lot of places are cutting corners and making it not so safe. Below we will talk about the benefits of eating fatty fish and also share with you my recipe.
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Have you always thought that taking a daily multivitamin was benefiting your health and preventing illnesses? If so, do not worry, so many people think that they are a holy grail including myself before I started studying nutrition. 44% of men and 53% of women reported that they take a daily multivitamin, however the only groups of people who need to be worried about taking a multivitamin or supplement in general are pregnant women, people with certain illnesses, or people who need to be on a very low calorie/ nutrient restricted diets. Other than that studies show that multivitamins do not make a significant difference in the present or future health of someone who is healthy and can eat normally. All the vitamins and minerals that you get from a multivitamin can be easily consumed with a balanced diet.
Vitamin D supplements however, are safe to use especially if you live somewhere where there are drastic seasons (like Connecticut) and have the winter where not many people stay outside for long periods of time. Then I would suggest taking a Vitamin D supplement during the winter months. It is also good to take a Vitamin D supplement if you are a person who tends to stay away from the sun. Yes the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to our skin if we over do it and do not take precautions such as sun screen but a small amount daily is so beneficial for your Vitamin D levels. Some younger adults reading this may not be worried yet about illnesses such as osteoporosis, where the bones in the body become extremely weak and brittle, but you should. Calcium stores stop at age 30, so if you are reading this and thinking “I am not really sure if I have enough calcium in my diet” you probably do not and should start taking precautions. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium in the body and phosphorus levels in the blood which are both vital roles for bone health.
SUPPLEMENTS TO STAY AWAY FROM:
Stay away from supplements that have claims that sound too good to be true. “Fast and easy weight loss”, any claims to cure an illness or symptom (mood disorders, depressed moods). There is no magic product that will melt fat away while you are watching TV or sleeping. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news but any ad that claims you can lose weight without adding in any exercise is a lie.
**DISCLAIMER, I am speaking about people who are relatively healthy with no chronic diseases/illnesses. If your doctor has prescribed you to take a certain supplement, listen to your doctor or have a conversation with your doctor about alternative options. **