Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year.
Now tell me, did you make any resolutions?
Have you broken them yet?
Why do you think we manage to fall off our chosen path so easily?
Generally, we tend to set ourselves up to fail by either;
Raising the bar too high,
Not planning how to succeed.
For example: Let’s say you want to drink more water. Making a sudden leap to drinking 16 glasses a day territory will taste really bland and make your belly feel like a water bath at bursting point.
So ask yourself this, if you want to clean up your act, is cold turkey really the way to go?
Generally, in the absence of addiction, it is not necessarily a great recipe for success!
The trick with resolutions is to be realistic and to creep up on them one step at a time. After all, how can you expect yourself to be saintly when you are not even back to your normal eating and drinking regime just yet.
A much better approach might be to weed out a few glasses of wine and cups of tea or coffee and then replace them with herbal tea and boiled or cold water, perhaps flavoured with juice for now.
Next you might even manage to drop a few more less-than-healthy beverages and try a home-made juice or smoothie, perhaps even some water flavoured with lemon, mint, ginger or cucumber, if you just can’t stand pure H2O.
By being kind to yourself you can ease your taste buds away from sugar, caffeine, fizz & alcohol and edge towards the joys of proper hydration in just a few weeks.
None of us are robots, it’s ok to stray from the path now and then, even I drink a bottle of elderflower cordial over the holidays!
Being ‘good’ 80 plus percent of the time is often more sustainable and so better for your health, your energy levels and also your appearance.
Perhaps you’re just not sure how much to drink?
Does anyone really know the answer?
Well there is a lot of differing opinion on this front:
The classic response is 2 litres or 4 pints of water for adults, but some say that the larger you are the more you need, so for many of it is probably more like 3 litres or 6 pints.
My top tip is to drink gradually through the day though, otherwise you will urgently and repeatedly need to, as my Nan used to say, pay a call during the night.
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