This is The Year
While New Year's resolutions may not be my thing - I don’t think you should wait for one particular day such as New Year’s Day to start living the life you want to live - I am a big believer in using any excuse in the book to start being the best version of you that you could possibly be.
Clients come to me with really specific goals: “I want to be able to wear my wedding dress on my ten-year wedding anniversary,” or, “I want to lose fifteen pounds by my birthday.” I love an objective goal because it really lets us know if the efforts that are being put forth are working.
As a seasoned dietitian, I always have my own goals for my clients above and beyond their own. I want them to be their most healthy version of themselves. My new book, The New You and Improved Diet, 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever, takes this to the max. Before clients even lose a pound, they may feel better - just by doing one of the small behaviors I am asking them to do (there are eight rules to change your weight and your life). Lucky you, I'm sharing a few secrets from some of the rules to help this be your year to be your hot, healthy, fabulous self.
1. Eat More, Not Less
For real, eat real food. One of the fabulous dietitians in my office always says she has never seen a client come to her office overweight or with medical problems because they eat too much produce. While you can overdo it on starchy veggies, fruit and higher fat nutritional gems like nuts, avocado and coconut, the point is well taken here: eat more vegetables, leafy greens and cancer fighting berries. Aim to eat your greens at lunch and dinner. Make that behavior one that is part of your identity and you will eat fewer processed foods, unhealthful starches and nutrient poor fare.
2. Breathe Your Way Thin
Let's face it, life is stressful for everyone. It needs active management or stress will pool in your body and destroy you from the inside out. You want to feel healthier? Get rid of it. Believe it or not, you can breathe it out. You'll need other tools in your artillery to ditch the negativity from your system, such as working out, journaling or other active coping strategies, but in the moment, nothing beats long, slow, deep breaths. Try it. It works. I promise.
3. Sip Your Way Slim
You already know that fit, healthy, wellness minded people drink water. Identify yourself as a water drinker, and not someone who always has a second café mocha at 3 p.m. every day. Yes, drink water with lemon or mint leaves, seltzer, tea, soup, and a little coffee and wine. Take out all soda, sugar laden beverages and diet soda and diet beverages from your diet. Your weight and wellness has as much to do with what you are drinking as it does with what you are eating (and many people find this new behavior easiest to conquer!).
4. Don't Get Stuck At The Gym
What I mean to say with this one is: you don't need to do conventional exercise to get the benefits of exercise. Lots and lots of people dread the gym, and therefore, it can become counterintuitive to make yourself go. Don't. Find a physical activity that you enjoy and you will be more inclined to do it and reap the benefits associated with exercise. Think outside of the box here: hard core gardening, hiking, walking your dog, playing Nike Xbox Kinect Training, and taking a dance class all count towards exercise. Also, if you planned to go to the gym and cannot, do not throw the day away! You can still do laps at the shopping mall or walk around the field at your kids' soccer game . . . that counts, too! Most important, schedule it in in a realistic manner, and be consistent. (You don’t need to say "I am going to exercise 7 days a week" if that is just too extreme for your lifestyle and schedule.)
This is the year. This is your year. Remember to start being your most healthful self with attainable and realistic behaviors, such as eating more produce, taking deep breaths to manage your in-the-moment stressors, drinking fluids that contribute to your wellness and moving your body more – and be consistent doing all of these things. My new book “The New You and Improved Diet” explains how all of these rules connect to and support each other. It also is loaded with recipes, tips, and 4 more rules to help you make this YOUR year. No good thing comes without a little effort, so embrace your hard work and cheers to a NEW YOU in 2013!
Keri is a contributing editor and advisory board member for Women's Health Magazine, and is the Nutrition and Health contributor for NBC's New York Live. She is regularly featured on national television programs including NBC's The Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, The View, The Talk, The Chew, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and CNN. Keri hosts an original series called "A Little Bit Better" which is featured on Youtube's LIVESTRONG Woman channel.
Keri resides in New York City with her children, Rex and Maizy. Whether she is training for a marathon, going to the farmers' market, or drinking her nightly cup of herbal tea, Keri lives and breathes a Nutritious Life while inspiring others to do the same.