When people learn I am a Nutritionist they start talking about food and all the miracles media normally proposes in their diets.
They often think that I have a magic wand and that I can provide a quick easy solution for their chronic issue, especially weight loss and even more specific for their belly fat.
That is how the diet industry makes its fortune, due to the fact that far too many people continually look for that quick fix that will work for them long term, but deep inside, we all know by experience that this quick fix does not exist, right?
But why even knowing that many of us keep in following and doing the fad diets? That’s rely on the fact that one can often achieve immediate weight loss, however the diet gets to a point where it can be too challenging or too restrictive to maintain it long term. In addition to that, most fad diets provide very little of nutrition education.
So, as a resolution for the New Year, if you want to lose weight or get healthier through diet, I urge you to improve your own nutritional knowledge (having a private consultation and/or reading trustable sources from Nutritionists and Dietitians, in particular the ones that are linked to a Professional Body, as that implies, they are in Continue Education).
After knowing more about food, how do we make the first step in changing our habits?
First it is important to understand that you now have to take the information and put them in practice.
We are creatures of habit, which means that, initially, it may be difficult, it may need some dedication and hard work on your part, but remember that this shall pass.
It is all about starting off small, tackling a few things at a time (include a new food here, stop eating sweets every day and so on). And most importantly, keep it consistent at the same time with being patient with yourself and the process.
It is a journey!
Remember that changing a lifetime of habits does not happen overnight.
I am going to share a few ideas diet resolution with you and I hope you can include one of them into your New Year.
-Eating at least one cruciferous vegetable a day (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy) – they all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are important to your health and that can detoxify the body.
-Having one day without meat: meat has its importance, but the reality is that in general, we eat far more than what our body needs. Normally, the ideal size of your meat should be the same size of the palm of your hand a day.
-Include seeds and nuts in your meals and/or snacks everyday: seed and nuts are a rich source of plant protein, have plenty of dietary fiber, are rich in good fats. They also contain many vitamins and minerals and a collection of plant chemicals with potential antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties.
-Substitute the industrialized stocks for homemade ones: the stocks we buy in supermarkets are full of salt, Monosodium glutamate and sugar.
-Start buying from a local and organic producer/ farm: buying things that are organic and produced locally, not only helps the local economy (not spending the money in a Big Company/Supermarket) and the environment (less transportation and fuel for that, less chemicals going into the soil thus the water) but it also improves your health.
Nature is wise and will produce exactly what your body needs for that season of the year.
May we all be able to quieten our minds and listen to our bodies.
Major, K. The Dietician Kitchen. 2020