Well it’s February already and we’re still loving all things Swedish. After the hygge of winter, I like to take inspiration from another Swedish word, ‘Lagom’ which translates into ‘to have just the right amount’
In this world of excess and all the stresses a modern lifestyle seems to bring with it, this simple expression is so refreshing and liberating and sums up the Swedish psyche beautifully.
Lagom is going to be my theme for 2017 and I intend to apply it to all things, not just material ones. At the beginning of the year, we’re bombarded with celebs telling us how good they are and telling us what we should do in 2017. Well that’s all very nice but setting unrealistic goals means unrealistic expectations and can result in unwanted stress. Who wants more stress?!
I am always amazed at how New Year’s Resolutioners give up smoking, go on a diet and take up a new form of exercise all at the same time. That’s a lot of change in one sentence…and a lot of commitment! Give yourself permission and the luxury to focus on one thing at a time this year.
So, as going sugar-free seems to be the latest thing, and if you want to lose some weight this year (and this is the most popular resolution) then here are some very simple steps to shed some pounds effortlessly and without any drama.
1. If you take sugar in your tea or coffee, stop.
Habits take about 2 weeks to break so initially, your beverage will taste strange but try re-tasting it. Imagine you have never had tea or coffee before. Explore the flavour of the drink without the distortion of sugar overriding all the flavours. Smell the aroma; do you notice how it smells slightly different without the sugar in it? Think about your drink and how it feels when you drink it. Think how much happier your heart, pancreas and waist line will be.
And there you are…as well as taking one small step in weight loss, you’ve just experienced a quick session in mindfulness too!
2. Don’t take sugar? Try to replace a processed snack (biscuit, breakfast bar, cake, chocolate) with a couple of handfuls of nuts and / or seeds, a piece of fruit or some carrot sticks, just out of the fridge so they’re nice and crunchy.
3. If you already do steps 1 and 2 then try to skip one snack, morning or afternoon and see how you get on. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water along the way. Symptoms of thirst are often mistaken for feelings of hunger so think ‘thirst first’
4. And try to go for a good paced walk a couple of times a week – no phone gazing! Look around, breathe, be in the moment and enjoy the sound of silence. Listen to the sound of your feet hitting the pavement / grass / sand / concrete / mud. Listen to your breathing.
Just a couple of good walks a week can help reduce stress, cholesterol and improve posture and muscle strength so your body will love you for it!
Spread the Lagom!