New Year’s resolutions rarely stick. Why? We often set ourselves up for unattainable goals. But you can’t start by climbing a mountain if you’ve been lounging on the sofa eating chips for the past five years. Similarly, you can’t replace a steady diet of Big Macs and French fries with boiled chicken and steamed broccoli. It just doesn’t work like that.
So forget the huge grand plans of a New Year’s resolution. Instead, we’re going to focus on SMALL changes that are the secret to transforming your life. Here are our secrets for ways to detox your life in 2018.
Review your diet
Do you often have stomach pain, bloating or other gastrointestinal issues? If you don’t have a condition or medication that is causing this abdominal distress, you might consider taking a look at the foods you’re choosing to put into your body.
Even if you are eating a generally healthy diet, you might be surprised at some of the foods that commonly cause issues for people. Here are the top ten:
- Dairy products
- Beef, pork and lamb
- High FODMAP foods (carbs that are fermentable, osmotic and poorly absorbed)
If you think that you might have a food sensitivity, try eliminating that food from your diet for two to eight weeks. Before making any radical changes to your diet, please consult with your doctor. You might also consider getting tested for Celiac Disease.
After eliminating these foods from your diet, keep a food diary of not only what you eat throughout the day, but also how you feel. Do you have high or low energy levels? How does your stomach feel? How are your bowel movements? After taking a break from the foods that you have chosen to eliminate, notice any changes in your body after working them back into your diet. Any discomfort might indicate a sensitivity to that particular food.
Make healthier choices
Eating healthier is a gradual process that takes time. Trying to overhaul your diet completely is often not sustainable. You only have so much willpower. If you are trying to eat healthier in 2018, think small. Once you have made progress with smaller changes, you will naturally gravitate toward bigger, healthier ones.
For example, start by committing to eating a piece of fruit in the morning with your breakfast. Or always swapping out fries or chips for steamed vegetables. Once you have gotten used to this change, try something else, like eating one vegetarian meal a day or swapping steak for fish.
You might be surprised at how your taste buds and cravings change as you incorporate healthier changes into your diet. This actually makes it easier to make healthier choices in the long run, and you set yourself up for success. Take the time now to write down one to three small changes that you can commit to today.