December 28, 2015

New Year, New You: The 7 Habits of Healthy, Happy Individuals

7 habits of healthy happy individuals fruit and granola bar

New Year, New You

In the spirit of New Years Resolutions, I am sharing the 7 habits that have allowed me to find balance and joy in my own personal health and fitness journey.

Most people will start giving things up this time of year. They’ll start cutting carbs, staying away from sugar and fat, and focusing on results rather than behavior. And unfortunately, they will likely rebound by March, if not sooner. The most sustainable way to achieve long-term weight loss isn’t about what you give up. It’s about the healthy habits that you create and, in turn, become a lifestyle.

These 7 habits can also be found on the homepage and mobile app of my site.

The 7 Habits of Healthy, Happy Individuals

1. Balance. The 80/20 principle is not a diet, but a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss. Focus on eating real, nutrient-dense foods 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time, you can have more flexibility and freedom. No more feeling guilty about going to dinner and cocktails with a friend!

2. Consistency. Health is a habit, and consistency is key. Focus on building healthy habits like staying active and cooking at home instead of testing your self-control.

3. Don’t Crash Diet. I can teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight long-term. Cutting foods from your diet cold-turkey can lead to rebounds and unhealthy relationships with food.

4. Carbs are Your Friend. Especially slow-digesting, unprocessed, high-fiber carbs. Nothing drives me crazier than when I hear someone say, “I’m not eating carbs.” Unless you have a clinical reason to follow a ketogenic diet, understand that carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Their primary role is to provide the brain and nervous system with fuel.

5. Be Mindful. Examine the thoughts, feelings, and internal pressures that affect how and why you eat. Learn to be attentive and try to avoid multitasking while you eat. Aim to eat until you are satisfied, and try to avoid being stuffed or left starving.

6. Quit the Negativity. Negative thoughts about food can trigger overeating or under eating. Recognize that you have the ability to control how you react to these thoughts. Negative chatter and “fat talk” (i.e. “I’m so fat!” or “I can’t believe I just ate that!”) can cause a lasting detriment to your own or someone else’s self-esteem.

7. Progress, not Perfection. Set small goals aimed at improvement, rather than perfection. If you focus on being better, not being best, you can grow, bounce back from difficulties, and keep moving forward. Try to focus on the internal, not the external. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.

I’m here to help!

A lot of people know the why, but they sometimes lack the how. If you’re struggling with healthy meal planning, I am here to help! You can contact me on my services page to let me know what you’re looking for. And if you’re not already subscribed to Pretty Pretty Pineapple’s weekly emails, make sure to do so because I’ll be sharing my favorite low-calorie and guilt-free meals of 2015 later this week!

Happy Near Year!

xoxo,

Raquel

Bonus Tip: If you need some motivation for sticking to your new habits, I love this article: 5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail (and What to Do About Them).

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