The advent calendar is empty and Santa has gone into hibernation for another year.

But don’t worry – The Travelling Dietitian in Singapore is now live and ready for action! I’m here to bring you the latest updates in nutrition research, help debunk some of those myths you’ve never known whether to believe and motivate you to feel your sparkling best!

I’ve been hearing some familiar statements this week. Perhaps you’ve heard (or made) some of them too!

Why did I eat three portions of turkey on Christmas Day? Did I really need that red wine at the end of the day? Why have I left my running shoes to gather mould over the last few weeks of festivities? I just wish those boxes of chocolates would magically disappear so I didn’t have to look at them every time I open the fridge!!

So where do you go from here?

To begin with, let’s focus on the positives! I had an excellent Christmas Day, spending time with friends and family, having lots of laughs, reflecting on the great things I have in my life and how fortunate I am. Of course, I ate and drank too much but I had fun and know it’s a special day that only comes around once a year! The end.

This is all we need to remember about the festive period and now it’s time to move onwards and upwards into 2012. The more we dwell on what we call ‘unhelpful thoughts’, the tougher we are on ourselves and the harder it is to achieve our goals. Let’s be honest – you weren’t alone in overindulging this Christmas!

Here are some of my tips to help you move on and look forward to what’s ahead next year:

  •  Recognise that a lapse from your healthy lifestyle is a normal part of change. The important thing is to move on and to learn from what led you to go off track for a little while
  •  Try to get back into your normal food and activity plan as soon as possible
  •  Challenge yourself to think more positively by focusing on helpful thoughts as opposed to unhelpful thoughts. Is there any point thinking about how tight your jeans now feel? Actually no – just try to think about how great you are going to feel and look once you are back into your exercise routine
  •  Set yourself one goal at a time and give yourself a timeframe to achieve it in. Once you feel confident that you’ve achieved your goal, move on and set a new one.
  •   Set goals that you know you can achieve, particularly when you are starting to make lifestyle changes. This way you will feel amazing when you have achieved a goal and excited to set a new one
  •  Think about why you want to make changes to your lifestyle. Write these reasons down and refer back to them on a regular basis
  •  Be kind to yourself. Praise yourself when you’ve achieved a goal and focus on what you’ve achieved already rather than what you still have to achieve
  •  Enjoy yourself – this is your key to success!

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2012. I hope we can stay in touch and I look forward to keeping you informed on what’s happening in the world of nutrition. Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know how you plan to kickstart 2012.

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