Lifestyle Changes: Tips for Investing in Yourself in 2013!

Welcome 2013!  Where has the time flown?  So many of resolve not to resolve, and that may be a good thing.  Instead of challenging yourself with something you are not convinced about, how about just spending time reflecting on what you did accomplish in the past 12 months, what were some of your struggles and decide what you don’t want to do any more.  Learning from your mistakes around how you choose to eat, move,relax, plan and organize can be very powerful.  Instead of ‘one more thing’ maybe try one less thing, lighten the ‘to do’ list and perfect what is working.

Take for example you want to eat healthier.  That is a huge topic and it means different things to different people.  Define what you mean. Does it mean that you have started to eat a bit more chicken and fish, having a vegetarian meal once a week and decreasing red meat? Reducing packaged carb loaded foods.  If so- great.  There must have been a reason for that. Maybe it was something you read or heard that you can be healthier by reducing saturated fats,white flour and by doing that you are preventing certain diseases.  Your decision to eat healthier was a mindful decision that you wanted to incorporate in your lifestyle. Change,can be two steps forward one step back.  Start slowly and decide this is a forever change, especially if you feel better, drop a few pounds or just psychologically know it is better for you.

Reasons to add more fish in your diet:

  • good source of omega-3 fatty acids for brain health
  • low in calories and has important nutrients
  • omega 3s in fish may lower your risk of getting certain cancers
  • may improve some inflammatory conditions

Tips:

  • add canned tuna,salmon,sardines or anchovies to your salad instead of meat, skip the mayo and use oil and vinegar
  • keep frozen shrimp on hand for a quick stir fry instead of red meat
  • use frozen, wild caught white fish (haddock, cod, catfish) for stews or fishcakes ( if you are in a pinch)
  • Replace any two ‘meat’ meals during the week and replace with fish or beans.

 

Ounce for ounce ,white fish especially, has less calories  than red meat- bonus, you can up the quantity and enjoy the benefits. Looking for ways to improve your lifestyle should and can be adventuresome. Learn what didn’t work before, or what was difficult and streamline the approach.  Any attempt to improve the quality of your lifestyle will always be worth it.  There are no failures, only learning curves.

For support or guidance along the way, contact me for a complimentary wellness strategy session. You have nothing to loose, but a lot to gain.  Invest in yourself!

Be Well,

  Mary

 

wellbychoice@comcast.net                   978 282-0591

 

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