The Truth Behind New Year’s Resolutions

The Truth Behind New Year’s Resolutions

As we begin February this year, I am reflecting back on New Year’s resolutions, wondering how many of you set them a month ago and how you might be getting on with them… Personally, I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of the New Year. The transition from an old chapter to a brand-new, unwritten one and the opportunity to reset, start over and reflect on how I desire this new phase to be has always filled me with excitement and got my imagination and intention-setting skills on fire. Throughout my teenage years, when I was stuck in a diet-binge cycle, weight and body-related resolutions would always be at the very top of my long list every year. ‘I will lose 10 kilos this year’. ‘I will give up chocolate’. ‘I will get Christina Aguilera’s abs’ (who was then also a teenager and, as she later shared herself, was being forced by the music industry to be ‘toothpick thin’) ‘I will exercise for an hour every single day’. And so on… The emotional ‘high’ I would get by simply fantasizing about these goals coming true, along with the collective wave of fresh, new beginnings’ energy that was all around me, made me feel unstoppable and so very determined to accomplish what I had in mind, certain that my determination alone would be enough to carry me all the way to my much-desired goal (my dream body) and break through any obstacles that might get in my way. ‘This is THE time that I will finally do it’, I remember thinking to myself. And I would start working really hard…but...
How to deal with the Over-abundance of Food over the Holidays

How to deal with the Over-abundance of Food over the Holidays

As we’re now just one day before the New Year’s Eve, I would love to offer you some support and step-by-step guidance for the days to come, which can be quite challenging, especially if you are concerned about food, your weight and body. From tomorrow onward, big, shared meals will make it back into our daily reality, with the over-abundance of food that always comes along. And, as lovely, fun and connecting these occasions can (and should) be, they can also bring up so much anxiety, worry and pressure for us, before, during and after the meal –they definitely have done so for me, in the past. Some of you will be worried that you’re going to over-indulge, over-eat, and put on weight, as a result –which you know is bound to make you feel guilty and resentful minutes later.. Others of you might already be determined to suppress your appetite and desire, and eat very little, very ‘clean’, very neatly –which might help you feel ‘safe’, but will also take away all the pleasure, relaxation and enjoyment that are the whole point of such celebrations.. And that’s such a shame. So, what can you do differently this year, so as to both enjoy to the fullest these beautiful moments, and not have to worry about the consequences either? KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR STABLE: Eat often throughout the day and do NOT skip meals, so as to not allow your blood sugar to drop. Low blood sugar makes you feel weak and jittery, and you’re much more likely to overeat and binge on sugary and fatty foods, simply because your...