I used to be one of the 63%* of people who don’t keep to their New Year resolutions. I am now one of almost half the population that don’t make resolutions at all. I’ve realised that they don’t work for me.

I’ve been wondering whether starting the year from a point that there’s something wrong with me that needs fixing is a good idea. Here’s a thought: what if I started from the point that I am doing my best, that I mostly do make good choices all year and that, although I am not perfect, I am ok. This helps me to go a little easier on myself, stops me beating myself up and keeps my self esteem intact. Studies have shown that the worse you feel about yourself the less self efficacy you have and this increases the likelihood of relapses (1).

This isn’t to say I don’t reflect and make changes where necessary but I do this on an ad hoc basis throughout the year. What I need after the festivities is not resolutions but to get back to my usual sleeping and eating patterns and, for me back to yoga and meditation. Although not complete, these are the basic things that recharge me. You may need different things but one thing we all need for energy and good health is to eat well.

A few months ago we put together a 7 Day Plan for a family friend (FF) who wanted to eat healthily and lose weight. FF has a very busy life so we needed to make it easy to follow (hence, lunches are usually bought or leftovers but evening meals cooked from scratch) and we wanted to encourage FF to keep moving and incorporated this into the programme too. If you would like our 7 Day Plan which is free, please click here

WaistWatchers – lose the midriff weight the healthy way
Our next intake starts on 14th January. This is our own unique healthy weight loss programme which targets fat around the middle – a marker for several health conditions. For more information click here

The Lost Art of Fermentation, 28th January 6-7.15pm
As our clients know, we regularly recommend fermented foods to support beneficial gut bacteria and the immune system. YogaBodhi are hosting a talk which will teach you how to make your own enzyme-rich fermented foods at home. For more information click here

Rose Holistic Treatments
From the beginning of February, Anne-Marie Rose will be offering massage and reflexology at Nourish. We can recommend her wonderfully relaxing and wellbeing-enhancing treatments. For more information, click here

Very quick Blueberry Energy Bars
If you need a little something for pre or post exercise or to sustain you during a long day, these are very simple to make and filling.
2 cups creamed coconut
2 cups fresh blueberries (fresh or frozen (thawed))
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 Chia seeds

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture is smooth. Line an 20 x 20 cm tin with parchment, leaving enough room for some paper to stick up the sides. Place the mixture into the tin and spread it out evenly. The mixture is very thick and you may need to wet the spoon or spatula to help spread it evenly. Once the mixture is in the tin, gently press down using the extra sides of the parchment paper. Place the tin in the fridge to firm up. This should take approximately 30 minutes. Once the mixture is firm, lift out of the tin and slice into squares using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.

For more recipes, ensure that you ‘Like’ our FaceBook page where we intermittently post meal ideas etc. Click here

Our plans for the new year include some new talks, cookery workshops and continuing our professional development. We will keep you informed.

In the meantime, we wholeheartedly wish you joy, health and prosperity in 2016.

Maria and Emma

*ComRes/Bupa survey November 2015
(1) Shin H1, Shin J, Liu PY, Dutton GR, Abood DA, Ilich JZ Self-efficacy improves weight loss in overweight/obese postmenopausal women during a 6-month weight loss intervention.Nutr Res. 2011 Nov;31(11):822-8. 10.1016/j.nutres.2011.09.022. 

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