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 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