Committing to a healthier you in 2021 isn’t as straight forward as you may think and takes much more than just eating right.
Registered dietician Claire Chewning, owns Yours Chewly Nutrition. She told 10 News the biggest misconception is thinking you have to do everything all at once. Chewning recommends starting with actionable goals that you can achieve in a short amount of time then add on more when you see fit.
With most of us spending more time at home than in past years and snacking away the day, Chewning wants to stress the importance of having a “What I can add” mentality instead of a “What I can take away” mentality.
“Adding on a fruit or a vegetable, maybe it’s adding on more sleep, maybe it’s adding more interaction and connection with those you love via zoom, like we’re doing here. It can be food related but I think we all have to remember that there are so many pieces to the puzzle so do speak when it comes to our health,” said Chewning.
The point is to be realistic when you set your goals so it’s actually something you can accomplish.
Chewly Nutrition was virtual before the pandemic, helping people across the country have healthier lifestyles through online appointments, an online course and a free Facebook group, Yours Chewly Goal Slayers. Things picked up in March 2020.
Chewning said the significant increase in business stayed steady throughout the year, but now there’s another spike due to the start of 2021.
She believes many people are focused on eating better for immune system health or other concerns the pandemic has brought to light. Regardless the reason, the start of the year is a great time to start.
“It’s really helpful and I think necessary in pandemic times and not, to think about what are a couple of things that you can do for yourself and your health both mentally and physically to keep you strong heading into the new year,” said Chewning.