Thursday, 24 December 2015

New Year - New You! 5 Steps to Setting Goals in the New Year

Our amazing friend and affiliate at Insite Mind; Alisa Illich has put together a 5 step plan to set new goals for the new year. At Naed Nutrition we encourage the clean slate the new year brings, which allows us to forgive and forget the bad habits we had in the year that has past, and create new and healthy habits for the year to come!

Step 1: Understand what feeling stuck looks like

We often feel frustrated, regretful and depressed about the past, but we need to feel excited and inspired by the future! The first step to becoming unstuck is to take a step in the right direction and create action, therefore moving forward.

Step 2: Identify where you would like to create a goal

Have a think about what goal you would like to set for the new year. There are many areas in our lives that we feel stuck particularly around nutrition:
  • Weight loss
  • Health
  • Wellness
  • Fitness
  • Mindset

For each of the aspects you have connected with, do you feel stuck in the past or the future? Examples could be as simple as regretting that slice of cake you ate for dessert last night, or opting for a sleep in rather than getting up early for your morning run. Perhaps you are unstuck in future, not knowing how fulfil a desire to become healthier in the future.

Step 3: Alignment

Before we can take action to move forward in the areas we stuck in we must first align ourselves. This means we must get into the right head space and become inspired to make decisions and create actions. We can do this by:
  • Meditation
  • Appreciation
  • Breathing
  • Affirmations
  • Exercise
What are you going to commit to in order to move your energy into the right space before moving onto the next step? 

Step 4: Setting Goals

A useful way of creating powerful goals is through the use of the acronym SMARTIES..

S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Achievable 
R - Realistic
T - Time Bound
I - Inspirational
E - Emotional 
S - Success

Create a goal for the areas you identified in step 2. Examples could be to increase your exercise, lose weight in the new year, feel healthier or improve your health.

Step 5: Create an action plan

What am I currently doing to achieve my goal?

What are the things I need to be doing to achieve my goal?
What are some of the challenges I may face?
How am I going to overcome these challenges?
What actions am I going to commit to, to achieve my goal?

For example, rather than planning to meet your friends and family for lunch or coffee, plan to meet for a walk, or have a picnic at the park.

If you plan to eat healthier, write a shopping list to avoid purchasing unwanted unhealthy items and avoid ordering take away.

If you have a weight loss goal for the new year contact Naed Nutrition to discuss how we can help you achieve the,.
If you require additional assistance in setting goals and shifting your mindset contact Insite Mind 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Leftovers

We are often left with an expanse of leftovers after christmas dinner, which we often throw away or eat unwisely for the next few days, even weeks. Naed Nutrition have put together a few tips and tricks to help you use up those leftovers in healthy and smart ways!

  • First of all, plan and prepare! Talk to your butcher, fish monger, fruit & veg grocer, and ask family and friends to RSVP to your Christmas and New Year events, this way you don't waste money and preparation time from buying too much food.
  • Use everything! Nothing has to go to waste when it comes to carving up your Christmas ham or turkey. Keep and freeze the turkey carcus and ham bones to later make a hearty and healthy stock which can be used for an array of healthy recipes including soups, risottos, poaching etc. You can also freeze leftover slices and pieces of meat, ensuring you put them in a sealable container to later use in soups and lasagnes. Use all leftover cooking juices to make your own gravy, this way you avoid powdered gravies such as Grovox, that are high in salt, additives and preserves, plus the flavour of a home made gravy outweighs any pre-packaged variety.

Think healthy leftovers! 

  • Turkey roll ups. Simply place sliced cucumber, capsicum, carrot and avocado in a slice of fresh turkey and roll it up. A simple and absolutely delicious snack that is high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals!
  • Frittata. Use leftover rated vegetables and meat to make a healthy frittata. Simply place vegetables and meat in a ovenproof tray and cover with beaten eggs, bake until brown. This healthy recipe can be cut into squares and eaten alone as a snack or with a side of fresh salad for lunch, helping you to reach your 5 a day!
  • Salads. Use lean cuts of turkey, ham and even seafood in salads to add protein and keep you fuller for longer. Eating light salads and avoiding the leftover bread rolls and gravy will help you to feel light over the holiday season.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas & a Happy New Year!
Naed Nutrition