Ahh, January. The time of year when many of us realise you may have over-indulged a little in the previous month, despite all good intentions. And now you are bombarded with adverts for diets, new year resolutions, getting fit, starting a new hobby etc, the majority of which are adverts designed to encourage you to spend more money.
Food wise, there seems to be a particular 'push' to get the ingredients for your meal to be delivered to you along with a recipe. All you have to do is follow the recipe and hey presto, you can enjoy a fabulous meal cooked with your own fair hands. This may work brilliant for some people but I suspect there are those that still wouldn't cook, even if the ingredients are ready prepared and delivered.
Numerous TV programmes tell you to 'eat this, don't eat that, do this, don't do that'. It can be incredibly confusing and overwhelming. Consequently, this can negate the good intentions of the programme.
So what is the right thing to do?
That's a very good question, to which there is no singular answer. Simply because we are all different, lead different lives and have different motivations. What is true is that there is no 'quick fix', if you want to improve your health for the long term. Just like the construction of the housing development I mention earlier, things will be ever evolving.
Thinking about food for the purpose of this section, the first thing you need to do is to think about what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. Then consider how you think you can achieve it by listing a dozen stages, the 12th being what you want to achieve. Without adding any timescales, think of the smaller steps you need to take BUT, work backwards. Start at no.12 work back to no.1, which is where you are now. If you need more than twelve steps then add more, and vice versa if you need fewer steps. Either way, it is a plan of action from which to begin. You might take three steps forward then one step back. Don't worry about it. Instead, consider if one of the steps was too big and needs breaking down further. Perhaps, you missed a step out. Review, rewrite and restart. Good luck.
One other thing....don't overthink it!! 😂