My pet peeve about resolutions: they’re most often associated with weight loss in mainstream media.
This time of year, we’re hit with diet ads left and right (Noom, Weight Watchers, Keto, etc.) Each sends the message that we need to lose weight to be happy and feel worthy. Each with its own set of diet rules, making nutrition even more confusing. It’s bonkers!
Join me in this Non-Diet Approach to Resolutions this year. Focus on nourishing your mind, body, and spirit.
9 Non-Diet New Year’s Resolutions
MIND | What can you do for your mental health?
1. Set healthy boundaries.
What area of your life needs greater boundaries? Perhaps it’s your time between work and personal life. Or maybe a relationship in your life needs more clearly communicated boundaries. Boundaries are essential to protecting your time, space, and energy.
2. Read one new book each month.
Something you might not know about me: I love reading! It’s my favorite bedtime ritual. Something is soothing about cozying up with a good book. What’s on your reading list for 2021? Commit to it! If you’re looking for inspiration, check out my 10 Books to Add to Your Reading List.
3. Find moments of mindfulness daily.
Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment. It helps us slow down, build awareness, and stress less. To make mindfulness a daily habit, check out this article with 5 ways to explore mindfulness beyond the meditation cushion. Mindfulness is your untapped super-power!
BODY | What can you do for your physical health?
4. Improve sleep quality and quantity.
When you hear the word “health” – what comes to mind? I guess that you associate health with nutrition and exercise. Am I right? However, sleep is vital to our physical health and cannot be overlooked. If you’re getting less than 7-9 hours of sleep each night, consider better sleep as a resolution.
5. Add variety to food choices.
Variety of food = a variety of nutrients. Ditching diet rules opens you up to trying new foods from the various food groups. You focus on what you can add to your diet versus eliminating foods from your diet. One of my favorite ways to add variety to my dietary intake is by trying one new recipe per week.
6. Explore joyful and intuitive movement.
If burning calories weren’t the goal, what type of movement would you choose? When the intention is to burn more calories or “work-off” food choices, it’s likely to experience burnout, lack of motivation, and dread exercise. Instead, align with joyful movement (finding movement you actually enjoy). You’ll experience greater mind-body connection, positive feelings associated with exercise, and a long-term commitment to moving more.
SPIRIT – What can you do for your spiritual well-being?
7. Invest in relationships that make you feel whole.
Surround yourself with people who lift you up. Give your time to people who give back to you. What relationships do you want to nurture this year? How will you bring that to life? For example, if you want to deepen your friendships, make it a personal commitment to call 1 friend a week.
8. Start a gratitude journal, showing appreciation for what you have.
Gratitude turns negative energy into positive energy. When we appreciate the good in our lives, the more good we attract. As the Law of Attraction states: what you focus on expands. Practice gratitude with my simple 2-Step Journaling Technique. Notice how your mood, mindset, and energy shifts.
9. Write daily affirmations.
Affirmations are a form of positive self-talk that can help you overcome limiting beliefs that you have about yourself. They are written in the present tense, about yourself, as if they were happening now. Make affirmations a regular practice to align with what you know to be true about yourself. Read my Top 20 Body Respect Affirmations for more inspiration.
If weight loss wasn’t the resolution, what goals would you set for yourself?
A Non-Diet Approach to Resolutions with Everglow Mentorship
Are you ready to find food freedom in 2021? Are you ready to ditch diets once-and-for-all? That’s exactly what I’m here to support you with as a non-diet dietitian! Check out the Work with Me page to learn more and schedule a free discovery call.