I find that the dark days of January and February are often the hardest when it comes to staying healthy. As I’ve mentioned before, we set ourselves up for failure with New Years resolutions that include getting up at the crack of dawn and eating salads all day when it is cold, dark, and often wet outside. Add in a pandemic and forget about it! However, now more than ever, it is important to remember why eating healthy is important.
This time of year, when I find myself struggling, I like to focus on a long term approach to health. Too often, when we diet, we look for short term gains such as rapid weight loss. I encourage you, instead, to view new habits as an investment in a lifetime of health. Incorporating long term healthy habits will yield amazing benefits over a lifetime. Maintaining a lower weight, keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure in check, and exercising regularly will put you at a much lower risk for various illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiac disease. There are just so many benefits of eating healthy.
Yes, stepping on the scale regularly is a great habit to help you ward off weight gain and remind yourself of your healthy eating habits. However, I encourage you to view that number as a barometer of lifelong health. Bonus – you will see short term gains and benefits – but don’t stop there! Focus on the investment you’re making in your future health, and you’ll hopefully be motivated for life!
Sending you love and health.
Marilyn Polon (Soupermom), Co-Founder and CAO (chief anxiety officer) has been worried about Soupergirl since the company launched in 2008. Actually, even before that. Her career has also been random and fascinating. After twenty years as a speech therapist, Soupermom changed careers and became a volunteer coordinator. She then had a wonderful stint as a docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She was then dragged out of retirement by her daughter who insisted that they start a soup company. Could that be any more random?
All of the company’s recipes come from Soupermom’s kitchen. Honestly, she’s a testament to the power of healthy eating. Her hobbies include really long hikes, walking, doting on her granddaughters, and coming up with new recipes for Soupergirl. She is also a guru of all things health related but gets the words to every single song she sings incorrect. All of them. Loudly. Lastly, her laugh is contagious.