Happy New Year! Are nutrition and fitness part of your New Years Resolutions?” I hope everyone is getting off to a fresh, healthy start in 2012! Many people make New Years Resolutions to eat healthier and exercise more. “Changing your eating habits” and “joining a gym” are oftentimes in the top 5 goals in the New Year for most people. However, just saying you want to “cut out fried foods” and “add at least 30 minutes of exercise per day,” doesn’t actually mean you’re going to do it. It is a huge leap from the “saying” to “doing,” because you have to make the commitment to yourself first. Then, you need to implement the behavior modification second and follow through with it lastly.
Note: The picture above is the Mediterranean plate with hummus, babaganoush, and quinoa taboule from the cafe, Le Pain Quotidien. I love this cafe- everything on the menu is healthy and delicious! They are all over Los Angeles. Check the location nearest you!
Many Americans seem to have trouble with change because we are creatures of habit. People are usually flustered by anything that disturbs the normal “ebb and flow” of life. However, change can be a GOOD thing! Sometimes it can make us feel nervous or challenged, but these can be seen as positives when you look at them in the long term as benefiting your health. As a Registered Dietitian, I am trying to shift your view of health to a preventative approach, instead of only making a change when there is a problem. For example, you don’t want to eat fried food and saturated fats in abundance daily when you know it will drive up your cholesterol (on top of having a family history of heart disease). If this can be related to your life, you’re only asking for a disaster. By being preventative and making a change before the problem occurs (i.e. diagnosed with type II Diabetes, kidney disease, etc.) you can live a longer, healthier and happier life!
Some health issues are out of our control. However, my goal is to prevent the ones that we can control through nutrition, fitness and lifestyle behavior modifications and manage the already diagnosed health issues or diseases. Variety, balance and moderation are key components in the nutrition plans I design for Nutrition For Body And Mind. You do not want to make goals that are unattainable, because you will likely not follow through with them. Make a realistic timeline of events that fits your lifestyle. Get the support of family and friends!!
Having a strong body helps to give you a strong mind. For example, when my mind is foggy or I feel stressed about work or the 100 things on my “to-do” list for the day, I go for a run or do yoga and then my mind is clear and I am much more efficient with my work! The tasks that seemed overwhelming now seem manageable. Nutrition For Body And Mind will help you find your life balance and stick with your goals in the long term. Accountability is key to success, so regular nutrition follow up’s are key to staying on track.
To schedule a nutrition consultation or personal training session, contact Courtney Walberg, (Registered Dietitian, Certified personal trainer and Founder of Nutrition For Body And Mind).
Note: the picture on the right is of Jerusalem artichoke soup from 1833 restaurant in Monterey, CA. So delicious! If you’re ever in the area, I recommend stopping in for at least an appetizer!