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  • Writer's pictureMauren West

Two Simple Tricks to Understand Your Nutritional Health

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

So you can change what's not working

Did you make a new year’s resolution this year?

Are you still going strong?

If so, congratulations! If not, you’re not alone.

Studies show that only 64% (on the high end) of people stick to their resolution for longer than a month. While that may seem pretty optimistic (it means two-thirds are still making a go of it on February 1st), I have a more sobering statistic to share: 20%…

According to U.S. News & World Report, just 20% of people are still keeping up with their resolutions by the second week in February.

Last year I shared a plan to help you make goals that stick by making them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Timely). If you’re struggling, now is the time to reset your resolutions to position yourself for success.

But first, before setting goals and charging after them, take stock of where you are now. If you want to lose weight – do you know how you put the weight on in the first place? If you’re looking to eat healthier – are you aware of just what your current diet consists of?…

Where are you now?

Here are two simple things you can start today to become more aware of your current state of health so you can set SMART goals moving forward:

1. Track what you’re eating in a food diary

We’re all busy, and our days often end up blending together. The only way to know just what we’re eating throughout the day is to write it down. Maybe you’re a heavier snacker than you realized… Perhaps you’ll see a pattern of dinners built on a base of pasta… Maybe you’re not eating enough…

You won’t know what needs to change until you understand where you are now.

Send me an email if you’d like a free copy of my food journal template to help get you started.

2. Measure your waist and hips

Get a cloth tape measure to determine the circumference of your waist (around your belly button) and your hips at their widest point.

Did you know you’re at a greater risk of developing pre-diabetes if:

  • For women: your waist measures greater than 35 inches, or the ratio of waist:hips exceeds 0.8.

  • For men: your waist measures greater than 40 inches, or the ratio of waist:hips exceeds 0.9.  

If your numbers are higher than you’d like them to be, now is the time to make different choices moving forward.

It’s never too late to take your first step toward change!

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