Stick to your New Year resolutions
New Zealand’s favourite wellbeing expert, Dr Libby, answers readers’ questions about living a healthier life.
Question: Like many people I set myself a NewYear’s resolution to lose weight. I started off well but after a few days I found myself grazing after dinner, eating foods I wouldn’t even normally eat. I feel frustrated that I can’t stick to something. Do you have any tips to help me stick to my resolution?
I think the judgment we pass on ourselves when we deviate from a set diet/nutrition or wellness plan is often more harmful than the action itself. Often this can trigger a downwards spiral and a feeling of ‘‘well I’ve blown it now, I may as well finish the whole packet’’ which triggers feelings of guilt, self-loathing etc.
Instead of getting up the next morning and treating it as a new day you are more likely to skip the gym/your morning walk, less likely to choose foods that nourish your body and more likely to experience feelings of helplessness.
Not exactly the headspace with which you are going to make choices to support your health and wellness goals.
Instead of judging yourself if you eat in a way that doesn’t serve your health, bring curiosity. Ask yourself ‘‘what lead me to make that choice?’’ and get to the heart of what the unresourceful eating is really all about.
Question: I’m suffering with bloating at the moment, I’m assuming due to some not so great food choices over the Christmas break. Do you have any natural tips to help bloating?
Bloating can be caused by a number of things, food intolerances, eating too much, poor digestion or a side effect of medication to name a few.
Finding the source of your bloating is the key to finding your solution but here are a few strategies that help ease bloating.
Take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each main meal to help aid digestion.
Enjoy chamomile or peppermint tea throughout the day. These are Email your questions for Dr Libby to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, only a selection of questions can be answered.
calming herbal teas that can be great to soothe an irritated digestive system. It’s also important that you keep hydrated.
Avoid drinking too much water just before, during or after a meal because it can disrupt digestion.
Focus on chewing your food properly. In the rush of modern life many people inhale their food. You should chew your food at least 10-20 times before swallowing. Some people find it helpful to put their knife and fork down in between bites to assist this process. Eating too fast can certainly impact bloating/gas and digestion in general.
Dr Libby is a a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker. The advice contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for direct, personalised advice from a health professional. Her new book,
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Being hard on yourself for not sticking to resolutions is often more destructive.