Stick to your New Year res­o­lu­tions

New Zealand’s favourite well­be­ing ex­pert, Dr Libby, an­swers read­ers’ ques­tions about liv­ing a health­ier life.

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH -

Ques­tion: Like many peo­ple I set my­self a NewYear’s res­o­lu­tion to lose weight. I started off well but af­ter a few­days I found my­self graz­ing af­ter din­ner, eat­ing foods Iwouldn’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’msuf­fer­ing 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

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