Need a sustainable post-Christmas eating plan?


Dietitian Miriam Mullard says your post-Christmas diet plan needs to be sensible and balanced. "Fad diets don't work and quick fixes won't last.”



Dietitian Miriam Mullard

For many, January is a time to think about new starts, healthy habits and getting back into a routine. But it is also the time when we throw ourselves into diets, detoxes and cleanses in an effort to make up for the excesses of the silly season. 

Massey University’s Nutrition and Dietetic Centre is running an eight-week weight management programme starting next month, to help people reach a healthy and sustainable weight.

Dietitian Miriam Mullard, from Massey’s College of Health, says people may gain about two kilograms over the festive season, which isn’t always easy to take off. “Any post-Christmas diet plan needs to be sensible and balanced, as fad diets don't work and quick fixes won't last.”

She says losing weight and keeping it off is more than just thinking about the right food and exercise. “It’s also about motivation and mindfulness. Thinking about why we eat, what we eat and how we eat.  Mindfulness is about being fully aware in the present moment and accepting ourselves and our experiences as they happen in a non-judgmental way. It is more about how we eat, rather than what we do or don’t eat.”

Mrs Mullard says mindless eating is linked to overeating, stress and increased anxiety. “Eighty-one per cent of New Zealanders do other things, like reading, texting or working while eating, which has been shown to lead to overeating. Mindfulness trains individuals to notice thoughts, emotions and sensations that would have usually gone unnoticed, leading to a happier and healthier relationship with food.”

A previous participant says the programme completely changed the way she thought about food. “I am learning to be more mindful, both about what I eat and how I eat. This programme has offered me a comprehensive guide to eating well and in the process, I’ve developed a much better understanding about nutrition. Best of all, it’s not a diet, it’s a sustainable eating plan that I can tailor to my lifestyle.”

During the weight management programme, participants will learn the secrets to weight loss success, including:

- Dietary balance                                

- Healthy meal planning

- Mindful eating                                              

- Reading food labels

- Overcoming emotional eating                      

- Navigating the shopping aisles

- Exercise and motivation                   

- How to manage special occasions

- How to boost your metabolism

Each session lasts 90 minutes and incorporates tailored advice and guidance from the expert team at Massey’s Nutrition and Dietetic Centre.

Programme starts: 23rd February

Cost: $250

If you wish to join the next group, contact Sarah Journeaux:

09 213 6653 extn 43653 or nutritiondieteticcentre@massey.ac.nz

www.massey.ac.nz/nutritiondieteticcentre

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