Tomorrow starts a new Year and for many it is synonymous with new changes and goals, especially when it comes to Health & Wellness. We set goals with the best of desire: drink more water, eat more salads, do sports, leave soda, lower those extra pounds … And we take out the paper and write these goals that look promising in theory, but perhaps in The road we see that we are not making it. Then we demotivate and finish throwing in the towel. Does it sound familiar to you?
It turns out that we, human beings, want everything for yesterday. We do not give ourselves the time to understand that all change implies an internal and external work. Breaking or neglecting habits with which we have lived for years is not an easy thing, but not impossible. If we want to leave the soda and replace it with water then let’s not start with 2 liters of blow; try to drink 2 to 3 glasses a day the first week, then increase one more the next and so on until you achieve your 2 liters and you have left the soda completely.
The same goes for the weight and it’s something that I constantly see in consultation. The goal is to lose 10 or 15 kilos. When I ask how long it took to gain that weight, the answer varies: they can be 10 months, 18 months or up to 4 years. But we want the result in 1 month and we forget that this increase was also a process, and if we want return to our healthy weight and keep it long term, then we have to go in reverse, little by little, until we return to the desired weight.
With this I want to tell you, and most of all remember, that creating habits is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. It is not easy and could even be uncomfortable and challenging. But you can if there are Patience and perseverance. Instead of looking for giant and perhaps unrealistic goals for this 2020, I propose to focus on little changes what you can do every day: take 1 more glass of gua, use the stairs instead of the elevator, change the mid-afternoon cookies for a fruit or a handful of almonds, before reacting for a second and take a deep breath, leave the cell phone 30 minutes before going to sleep and start reading a book.
Take the time to really think about what you want and what is the best way to achieve it within your means. Treat yourself this new year the intention of wanting to change in a healthy and sustainable way. Invest in learning about nutrition and how to eat properly. Try to play sports, the one you like best, and start small, without demanding too much. Remember that if we set small and feasible goals, the path becomes more bearable, attainable and durable. Happy New Year!
Maca Bustamante, Nutritionist: @macawellness