Quitting Sugar 2016 + Tasty Zucchini Spaghetti Recipe It’s the time of year again to re-motivate ourselves, stick to our goals and improve our lives. It’s a great time to make new health goals and start fresh, especially after all those Christmas treats over the holidays. I’m not going to lie; my new year’s resolutions usually go something like this: lose 30lbs, floss my teeth more and be happier. Easier said than done hey? Sure, there is nothing wrong with having those intentions, but if you don’t have a good plan, support system and good reasons behind doing them, they will likely only last a few weeks.
How to achieve healthy goals:
- Make a plan. What are you going to do each day, week and month to reach your yearly goals for 2016? I am a visual person so I like to write it out on a note book or make a spreadsheet on the computer. Whatever works best for you, just make sure you get it in writing with details of how you will reach your goals. Remember to periodically check up on how you are doing and make adjustments if needed.
- Have a good reason. If your goal is to lose weight or be healthier in 2016 but you have no desire to stop eating the bad treats you love or to work out, it’s going to be hard to reach your goal. Sit down and figure out what the root (motivation) is behind your goal. Once you have a good reason, you can recall that reason when you are discouraged or when you falter. This will help you stay motivated to reach your goal.
- Support System. Tell someone about your goals; a family member, a friend, or social media. Besides yourself, let someone keep an eye on your progress. You need to be held responsible for your actions and trust me, it is way easier if you have a support group helping and cheering for your success when you are struggling.
I decided to not put a weight loss number on my health goal this year. I instead picked one bad habit I wanted to eliminate in order to improve my overall health. My goal this year is to cut out all refined sugar from my diet. Some people think that it is a little bit extreme, but after making a plan, talking it over with my support system, and doing a little research to understand the limitless health benefits, I am excited and determined to keep this goal for all of 2016. Other goals I have I won’t discuss today, but the same method of setting goals applies regardless of whether you have 1 or 10 goals. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Make sure to focus on just a few goals for the best results.
My reasons for quitting sugar in 2016:
- I’ll think more clearly and have more energy (that will help me, especially with my studying).
- Reduce blood sugar problems including; fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, poor concentration, forgetfulness and digestive problems.
- Improve my overall health and nutrient stores (sugar uses up your body’s stores of vitamins and minerals while providing you with next to none! Talk about an unfair relationship).
- Increase the functioning of my brain (high sugar consumption is linked to mental health and has been related to a lower I.Q. of 25 points).
- Improve my mood (sugar is related to aggressive behavior, anxiety, hyperactivity and attention deficit, depression, eating disorders, PMS, and learning difficulties)
(Information found in Patrick Holford’s book, “New Optimum Nutrition for The Mind”. Chapter 10 pg. 87-88)
Tasty Zucchini Spaghetti
Step 1. Wash and grate (using the Veggetti) zucchini into thin veggie noodles.
Step 2. Mince garlic and cook with olive oil on medium heat until slightly brown.
Step 3. Add diced tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Step 4. Add a few tablespoons of pesto and mix until even.
Step 5. Add the zucchini
Step 6. Combine together and let cook until the zucchini is soft.
Step 7. Enjoy!