Tips for healthier habits this New Year

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With the most wonderful – and indulgent – time of the year wrapping up, and the New Year just around the corner, it’s not unusual to resolve to practice healthier habits, such as eating a better diet coupled with frequent exercise.

But despite best intentions, sticking to resolutions can be tough – especially if they’re a drastic departure from how you normally live your life. Whether your aim is to trim your waistline or to not succumb to so many snacks, the trick to seeing success is to set yourself up with manageable goals you can actually meet.

And with the below tips, you’ll be well on your way to the secret ingredient of keeping your resolutions and achieving a new and improved you: willpower.

shutterstock_155644700Avoid biting off more than you can chew

If you’ve been a full-fledged carnivore your whole life, going vegan cold turkey may not be the best approach to sustaining a healthy diet. Instead, focus on adding more nutrient and fibre-rich veggies, fruit and grains to your diet, and limiting sugar and fats.

Plus, with Tofutti products, such as our Tofutti Slices, Sour Supreme, Better Than Cream Cheese, and a range of non-dairy frozen desserts, transitioning into a diet free from animal products will be that much easier – and more successful.

Don’t wing it – have an action plan

Studies suggest that half the people who make a New Year’s resolution don’t get passed February without breaking it. The good news is that most people who fail to reach their health goals lack a game plan – not the discipline to do so.

If more exercise is what you’ve set yourself up to achieve, plan a workout strategy that suits your schedule and lifestyle. And take baby steps. Start by walking for thirty minutes twice a week, and progress to include jogs, weight training or playing a sport you enjoy.

Reward yourself, and learn from failure

Taking measures to improve your health and wellbeing isn’t about deprivation – it’s about feeling your best. So when you do reach a milestone accomplishment, don’t forget to treat yourself to a reward. You’ve earned it.

 

And should your diet or training regimen take a turn for the worse, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, take note of what triggered your relapse, learn from it and get back on track to a healthier you.

 

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? If so, how do you plan on keeping it?

 

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