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Keeping Up with Your Resolutions

11/01/2016 by Kate 1

If you found yourself faltering over your new year resolutions at the weekend, do not despair as you are in good company, more people have given up on resolutions after a week than are sticking to them. It doesn’t mean we have to give up on them for good, but we might need a bit more help to keep on the straight and narrow than we thought.

We are all individuals and so there is never a one size fits all approach that will work for everyone, but these tips are all research based and from personal experience I find them really helpful when making a lifestyle change:

  1. Focus on adding good stuff rather than obsessing over what you are giving up. For example, don’t just leave a gaping hole in your diet where sugar or chocolate used to be, but explore the shelves of your local health food for interesting ingredients you can try out or enjoy more fresh fruit, your favourite fruit that is, don’t try and force yourself to eat things that you really don’t like.
  2. Track your progress. There are some great diary apps now, but any beautiful notebook will do the trick just as well. When we keep notes of what we eat, our exercise and our progress, whether that’s our fitness levels or our weight, it has been proven to make us much more likely to keep going.
  3. If you find an exercise or new healthy foods that you enjoy, they will become part of your lifestyle, rather than just a short-term blip. It’s amazing how many different options there are now on offer, from heated outdoor lidos to live streamed classes you can take at home to running apps that will have you reaching 5k from a standing start in surprisingly little time. And there are so many healthy foods to try out, a simple thing like sautéing our kale in coconut oil has won us over to the green side.
  4. Commit to change. This is probably one of the main reasons so many of us struggle with resolutions. To genuinely make a change we need to first contemplate, then raise our consciousness (e.g. fully acknowledge how many pounds overweight we might be, how many units of alcohol we have really been drinking on average or how truly unfit we are), prepare for it (give away tempting chocolates to colleagues, clear diary for shopping, cooking and exercising, find recipes we want to cook), and then act. All to often we jump straight to the action part, when we aren’t really convinced deep down it’s such a great idea or haven’t thought it through.
  5. Repeat, repeat, repeat. It takes about 30 days to create a new habit, so until that time you need to exercise your willpower muscle. This is why breaking big goals up into little ones for the day and week really helps. The changes you make need to be things that you can realistically achieve with how your days are currently set up. If you need to rush to nursery to pick up your children after work and then make dinner and get them to bed, you are more likely to be able to create a healthy habit at lunchtime, for example. Be honest about what you really want and how you can do it.

We were taught a wonderful meditation last week than can work for any kind of manifestation, whether healthy, wealthy or wise.

Find a quiet space where you can take a few minutes each day. First all you need to do is to focus on your breathing. In… and out… In… and out… When you are feeling focused on the breath, begin to breathe as though through the heart for a minute of so. Then take a deep breath through your heart and enter the garden of your inner imagination. Hear the birds and notice the flowers, the trees, all the details. Walk to an empty bed of fertile soil and over the next few minutes plant the seeds of your hopes and goals. Give them a nice water and bless them for containing everything they each need to grow and fulfil their potential. Sit for a moment in the garden before gently bringing your breath back to your tummy and then bringing your attention back to where you are sitting or lying. Simply spend a few minutes each day watering the seeds and notice how they begin to grow. If one should stop growing or not appear, you can plant that seed again.

It’s a lovely way to draw in energy and also set your intentions.

Happy January.

Win a copy of Magic Soup

27/02/2015 by Kate 56

SOUP IS MY JUICE I’m thrilled to say we have 5 copies of the book, Magic Soup, to give away to Flat Tummy Club readers. All you need to do to enter is pop a comment below. Tell me your favourite soup or a memory of soup from your childhood. Thanks and Good Luck! xx […]

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Giving up on ‘giving up’

14/02/2015 by Kate 2

We’ve just tried to get through January without chocolate and then along comes Lent, another traditional time of abstinence, and all during the coldest months of the year for us here in the Northern Hemisphere. There is something I like about really applying our minds to something that is, after all, designed to do us […]

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How do you talk to your water?

4/02/2015 by Kate 0

We went to an inspiring talk at Alternatives last week by Anna Parkinson, author of Change Your Mind Heal Your Body. Anna had been diagnosed with a brain tumour; initially her doctors told her it would have to be removed by risky survey, but in the end they couldn’t operate as it was so deep […]

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Top 10 Foods for Boosting Your Immune System

23/10/2014 by Kate 0

There are so many bugs going around with the change of season. We’ve been passing colds back and forth in our house like nobody’s business, so it’s time to give our immune systems a helping hand with a few extra ingredients. Here are 10 of the top immune boosting foods, and our favourite recipe ideas […]

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Keeping the weight off

28/01/2014 by Kate 0

Losing weight, at least for a couple of weeks to start off with, isn’t always the hardest part. We are highly motivated, will put up with feeling hungry a bit or eating according to a set regime because we see what a difference it can make before our very eyes. So why is it that […]

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Want to kick the sugar habit?

29/09/2013 by Kate 3

I’m not quite sure how exactly it happens except that for so many of us, one day we realise that the occasional bar of chocolate, biscuit or mini magnum has become the one part of our daily routine we can rely on for comfort and a little bit of joy. It seems so unfair that […]

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Mindful Eating

1/08/2013 by Kate 2

I really felt for the women on the milkshake diet last night on Channel 4’s Food Hospital programme. I’d go mad! It was great to see, however, that we are all individual when it comes to finding what will work for us. One woman on the healthy food diet reversed her type 2 Diabetes and […]

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Healthy Summer Starts Here: Day 4

11/07/2013 by Kate 0

A day in the life of flat tummy club First thing: herbal tea or hot water with lemon (have plenty of water and herbal tea throughout the day) Breakfast:  Bircher Muesli Breakfast Cups (granola, berries, banana and natural yoghurt layered in a glass or small bowl, add a little milk to serve) Breakfast Smoothie Snack […]

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Healthy Summer Starts Here: Day 3

10/07/2013 by Kate 0

Day 3 Shopping and Detoxing If you have unhealthy foods lurking in your cupboards or the fridge then rather than eat them yourself to finish them off give them away or just bin them. I know it feels like a waste but I’ll never forget an author saying to me ‘why treat your body as […]

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