1. No eating in front of the computer: How can you enjoy your food if you’re paying more attention to that awesome GIF or that ridiculous Youtube video? The truth is, you can’t. If you’re eating in front of the computer, chances are you’re just shoving food into your mouth mindlessly while most of your attention is devoted to something else. Part of healthy eating means appreciating and enjoying your food. This way, when you’re finished with a meal you’re aware of feeling full and satisfied, which means you’re less likely to go looking for snacks later. I’ll admit, I still have a really hard time not doing this! Not so much with meals, but snacking… oh snacking! I could probably sit in front of my laptop and eat 10,000 almonds without even realizing it. Which is why in 2012 I’ve banned all food from coming within 10 feet of my computer. My keyboard looks cleaner already!
2. Only eat while you’re eating: This one sounds so dumb, but honestly, how many meals do you eat in front of the TV or with your fork in one hand and your smartphone in the other? You can finish that game of Words with Friends after you’ve finished feeding your tummy. It’s the same idea as not eating in front of the computer. When you’re eating… Eat! Concentrate on your food and how good it tastes. Enjoy it! I’ve started to make a very solid habit out of sitting down with just my plate and nothing else every time I have a meal. No books, (OK, sometimes books..girl loves to read!), cell phones, TVs, or any distractions. Just me and my food!
3. No use of electronics 1 hour before sleep: Seriously give your eyes and mind a rest. If you have trouble falling asleep or just aren’t getting enough sleep, a study by the National Sleep Foundation showed that the use of electronics, especially in the hours before bed, could be the culprit. Make a vow to power down the computer and silence the smart phone at a specific time every night. Devote your electronic-free time to learning something new, reading a book, or maybe even Yoga! (Which brings us to the last feel good, good habit!)
4. Do yoga before bed: Actually, it doesn’t even have to be Yoga. Just relax a little before you hit the hay. Try a simple meditation, stretching, or an easy in and out breathing exercise. It will help you to relax and calm your mind so that you can fall asleep quicker and clock in more of those much needed Z’s. I swear, you’ll feel like a new person in the morning!
What other good habits are you working to form in 2012?