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Is Changing Your Diet One Of Your Resolutions?

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05 January 2017

It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking about their new year’s resolutions. Penning impossible goals at the front of a new diary in the hope that this will help cement it in your mind, and lead to success.

 

But we all know it’s not quite that simple. Let’s take a look at what has to be one of the most common resolutions each year - losing weight and eating more healthily.

 

It gives you a rather broad focus, and this can be the problem for a lot of us, according to one expert.

 

Speaking to Indy100 from the Independent, Nicole Gravagna, who has a PhD in neuroscience and is the author of MindSET Your Manners, explained you need to think about what your resolution means to you.

 

“To make significant changes in your life, you are going to have to get to the bottom of what you really mean when you say you want to get fit,” she asserted.

 

Gravagna goes on to set out four steps that you need to take to be successful at making significant and lasting change in your life. Firstly, you need to write down or say out loud your resolution.

 

Secondly, write down or say out loud what changing that aspect of your life means to you. The next step is to think about your relationship to that meaning and then finally to ask yourself whether you are prepared to change that relationship.

 

If, after arguing and reasoning with yourself, you arrive at a positive yes to that final question, the changes you implement are likely to stick, she says.

 

So, if changing your diet to make it more healthy will be your new year’s resolution, what can you do to stay on track, aside from the steps suggested above?

 

A good first step is to decide what is actually healthy for your body - and also to eliminate the foods you dislike. It’s no good deciding to have porridge for breakfast every morning, for instance, if can’t stand the texture. Be realistic about what you can achieve.

 

There’s no excuse nowadays to not eat well, with the wealth of options for sourcing healthy, sustainable and delicious ingredients for a host of meals. If you eat a lot of meat, for example, you may want to consider replacing one portion a week with seafood instead.

Last month we highlighted the benefits of indulging in Scottish salmon fillets, especially in the winter as the fish is high in protein and tryptophan, which can have a calming, stress-relieving effect.

 

Meanwhile, BBC Good Food points out that salmon contains high quantities of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as being a good source of potassium, selenium and vitamin B12 - all of which are good for your body.

 

And another great reason to add salmon to your diet is the wealth of delicious recipes available using the fish. Whether you want to grill it, bake it or turn it into fishcakes, it’s sure to be delicious and goes exceptionally well with green vegetables such as asparagus, beans and peas.

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