So, it’s nearly 2024! Where has this last year gone? Like countless others, I’m gearing up to embark on a journey towards a healthier me in 2024. But what is the best way to do this? Well, what if I told you that chocolate doesn't have to be off limits – in fact including it in your diet could improve your chances of success. Yep! You heard it here first. So as we roll into the new year, let's ensure we are setting ourselves up right, by using the lessons from 2023 to create some realistic goals we will actually be able to stick to! So, keep reading for some helpful tips and tricks to set yourself up for success in 2024.
Celebrate all these victories as signs of progress, emphasising that each step in the journey contributes to the bigger picture.
So, grab yourself a notebook, your new 2024 diary, or open your phone notes, and start writing down the insights you've gained from the past year. What worked well that you want to keep going with? What caused you to slip up or get in your way of progress? Use these notes to help you come up with your goals for the new year. Be practical and SMART! (SMART = specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-based) Just remember, setting realistic goals is your key to success.
When it comes to 2024, consistency and patience are key. Recognise that results take time, aim to focus on the journey rather than the destination. By managing expectations and allowing for gradual progress, you'll begin to make sustainable habits and achieve your goals without the burnout.
I understand the desire to cut out all ‘naughty treats' in your quest to lose weight, but if saying no chocolate is a really big deal for you, we both know that resolution isn't going to last! Besides, here at Nutracheck we want you to lose the idea of labelling foods as 'good' and bad'. Whilst I’m not saying your favourite treats should be your main source of energy, being healthy doesn't have to mean having a diet without any pleasure.
Just remember it's all about balance and eating in moderation. We believe in the 80:20 approach: eat nutritious foods 80% of the time so you can afford to relax a little the other 20%.
A healthy body goes hand in hand with a positive mindset, so aim to tackle stress proactively, concentrate on the things that bring you joy, and keep in mind that maintaining a balanced mindset is key to a successful journey. Pay attention to your mental and emotional well-being just as much as your physical health.
For many of us, eating is entwined with our emotions. If you know you are an emotional eater, you may find the 'Diary Notes' section of your diary particularly helpful. You can choose an emoji to sum up your day, and note down any feelings that you know have impacted your food choices for that day. The Nutracheck website, part of your membership, also has a helpful feature called Food Triggers (look for the link above your diary). There are lots of articles about dealing with emotional and situational triggers, with practical tips to help.
It's also important to recognise that there may be times on your weight loss journey when you need to take a breather and press pause. This is a helpful blog for such occasions – When to take a break from dieting.
You don't have to navigate this path alone! Reach out to friends, family, and health professionals. Building a network of people to encourage you and go-to sources for advice not only makes the journey more manageable, but also boosts your chances of long-term success.
Nutracheck understands the importance of maintaining a strong support system, that's why we have a Forum for members to connect with one another. You can talk to like-minded people and share your highs and lows!
New for 2024 – we have a brand new feature, 'Link & Share Account'. (You'll find it under 'More' in the app). You can link your Nutracheck account with friends and family who are also members, to see each other's diary, progress and recipes. It's a great way to be prompted to fill in your diary! Plus feeling accountable to each other can really help keep you on track too.
I invite you to kickstart 2024 by joining our '3 Steps to Success Challenge'! Starting on Monday 8th January, it's free to join!
The challenge will last 3 weeks and it's all about simple changes to build healthy habits that will last all year long. So why not join us and make 2024 your year! For more details and to sign up, click below.
As you reflect on the progress made in the past year, let it serve as a stepping stone towards a healthier 2024. If you set achievable goals, celebrate victories, learn from challenges, and approach the new year with positivity and determination, I can almost guarantee you're in for a fabulous year!
Nutritionist Beth Furness (ANutr), holding a BSc in Nutrition and Health, is deeply dedicated to applying evidence-based knowledge to all aspects of nutrition. Her passion lies in fostering healthy relationships with food, ensuring that everyone maintains a balanced and sustainable approach to nutrition.