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A New Years’ resolution of a great new diet is a common one – whether it be health, weight loss, post-partum or just general wellness concerns that are making you want to switch up your diet to a healthier one, it’s sometimes hard to stay on track and disciplined when life gets in the way. Here are our top tips for keeping on track and getting the results you want from your diet in 2019.
Sometimes when we choose a diet, we cut out certain food groups or characteristics such as carbs or sugar. This can have positive results for some people, but if you cut out something you naturally lack in, you might find yourself getting sick, feeling fatigued and the most counterproductive of all – hungrier. Consulting a nutritionist, dietician or even just your GP before starting any new diet or health change is always a good idea.
Knowing why you want to diet will help you stay on track. Setting short term and long term goals can help remind you of your ‘why’ and reassure you that you are getting there. For example, if you are wanting to lose weight, a short term goal might be to lose two kilograms, where your long term goal is to fit into a goal outfit. Having these short term goals that you can meet along the way help reinforce that you are getting somewhere while making the main goal appear more attainable.
If you’re just crunching salads for the sake of it until you get to your goal and can go back to your old habits, you’ll quickly give up and revert back to your unhealthy choices. By making gradual changes that can be implemented permanently, you’ll have long term results and never have to worry about starting again.
It’s much easier to transform your lifestyle when it’s something you enjoy. Who says healthy has to be boring? Grilled chicken, zucchini pasta – even popcorn can be good for you! Do some research and find some recipes for foods that you generally like, and then incorporate those into your meals.
Wanting to grab take away when you’re late home from work, or something simple when the kids say ‘no’ to whatever you offer? That’s actually okay. The Tim Tams in your cupboard have been calling your name? You can have one! Don’t give up on your whole diet just because you veered off track a little – start again tomorrow and try not to ‘cheat’ for another week. Maybe just throw the Tim Tams out if you keep falling off the horse.
Speaking of grabbing something easy after a long day, a meal plan is one way to stay on track and make sure you always have something quick, easy and healthy available. Cooking in bulk and freezing meals like veggie packed bolognaise or chicken pesto makes life a little easier, and you can feel good about your microwaved choices. Even easier than a meal plan is an in-home meal cooking service. Here at HomeTask, we offer a ‘personal chef’ service, where one of our chefs can come to your house and prepare meals for you with fresh ingredients, correct portion sizes and even meals that are tailored to your dietary requirements. They’ll even clean up after themselves, leaving you with nothing to do but heat your meal when you’re ready for it. Catering to everything from calorie counting and ketogenic diets right through to vegan and gluten free, there’s the perfect, stress-free option for everyone, whether you’re busy or just still trying to work out this diet thing. Starting from as low as $100 for a mini cook and $150 for 5 meals (25 portions), we’ll help you kick your New Year resolutions’ butt in 2019.