I know only too well that it's really easy to let those resolutions slide and forget about the reasons we made them in the first place. If your plan was to get fitter, healthier or lose weight then chances are you probably made those resolutions when you were feeling low, a bit lethargic or didn't like what you saw in the mirror. What often happens is we lose motivation, start feeling low again and go back to our old habits of eating the wrong foods (many of us comfort eat when we feel a bit down) to make us feel better...and there starts the vicious cycle of comfort eat - feel bad - comfort eat.
I've always been fairly fit and healthy and love the outdoors, but when I started my business at the end of 2012 I needed to work longer hours to build up my business, and after a few months my good habits went out the door and instead of going for a run and eating healthy food every day, I started eating a lot more carbs (which convert straight to sugar in the body), exercising less and working long hours, using coffee and toast with loads of honey to keep me pushing through those tired moments. Before long I couldn't function without coffee as soon as I woke up each morning and found myself reaching for sugary snacks such as chocolate biscuits and doughnuts between meetings to keep me going!
Not So Sweet Sugar
Over a period of weeks I started to feel more and more lethargic and after doing lots of research I figured out that the excess high carb foods and sugar in my diet were making me feel ill. The answer for me was to cut caffeine and sugar from my diet completely (this included all alcohol!), to eat good carbs early in the day (porridge, brown bread) and to eat some protein with every meal to keep my blood sugars stable.
Since I cut sugar from my diet, I am feeling 100 per cent better and have lots more energy. We hear and read so much more now about the damage sugar can do to the body causing adrenal fatigue, weight gain, insomnia and a host of other health nasties (I read recently that sugar is the new tobacco), so next time you reach for a quick fix such as a chocolate bar or can of fizzy drink (even the diet ones have sweeteners) you might find a handful of healthy nuts or an avocado will make you feel much healthier and fuller for longer!
I made a few resolutions when 2014 dawned...one was to get fitter and healthier, another was to try new things this year (my man took me diving for the first time last year and despite feeling terrified beforehand I really loved it!) and my third resolution was to enjoy every minute of our downtime either in the evenings or at the weekends and not to waste a single second of precious time. So far, so good on No.1 and No.3...now I just have to find something new and different to try. Watch this space!