29 Dec, 2017
Let’s focus on small yet powerful everyday changes!
Another year is round the corner and so are your resolutions! Most of us use the New Year as an every time annual health seminar with ourselves only. Forbes once released a study where it was mentioned that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions, especially in terms of healthy diet and habits.
The primary reason behind the same is a long list of unrealistic goals. We surely think, plan and create a thoughtful list of healthy habits and lifestyle targets including exercising daily, dining out less, drinking less alcohol and aerated drinks, trying to quit smoking and so on...the list is endless! But at the time of execution, we either procrastinate because of work pressure or skip them because of our laziness.
In order to make our health resolutions attainable, it is necessary to bid adieu to vague fitness, diet and health goal’s list and instead focus on a personalised, actionable and short-term plan that is less daunting and takes care of overall wellness.
We have compiled some tips to make your ‘wellness resolutions’ journey easy and enjoyable:
Here’s an easy recipe for some – a delicious bowl of chick-pea salad. Call some friends over and enjoy it with a glass of fresh juice or smoothie.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Directions to make:
Open, drain and rinse the chickpeas, and then add to a large bowl.
Cut the cucumbers into quarters, lengthwise, and then chop into bite-size chunks. Cut the tomatoes into small wedges. Add the cucumbers and tomatoes to the chickpeas. You can add some cheese into crumbles on top.
In a medium bowl, make the dressing. Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, mustard paste, honey, and fresh coriander leaves together then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
Your healthy, fresh and nutriliciuos bowl of chick-pea salad is ready to eat.
Indulge in healthy (avoid junk food and carbonated drinks) and moderate eating (small quantities with increased frequency) and carve out the best exercise regime for weight loss that suits your body type and energy levels.
For example, you can mix and match cardio with weight training exercises and plan 5 small meals a day, instead of 3 heavy meals.
It is a well-known fact that the blue light emitted from screens on cell phones, computers, tablets and televisions restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm. However, we can’t generally avoid our gadgets because at times, we do have real work.
So, it is advisable to either reduce the brightness of lights in the room or listen to some soothing music for a good night’s sleep.
We will definitely go for the latter one.
It is always a smart move to stay aloof of seasonal/chronic diseases and infections by going for regular health check-ups and following preventive health measures.
Remember, your body is the only place you have to live in! Making unrealistic goals might sound fancier but at the time of putting it to practice, not being able to keep up increases the level of disappointment. So, it is always better to go for attainable, short-term but achievable wellness goals. For better results, consult experienced Dieticians and Nutritionists at HCL Healthcare Clinic.