We’ve interviewed some of the brightest minds in the fitness, health, and wellness space to see what THEY advise to be the best version of YOU in 2019. We asked them to chime in on a range of topics – from lifestyle habits, to nutrition, from fitness, to personal development. Enjoy these gems!
Angelo Sisco, on Lifestyle and Habit Changes
2019 can mean many different things to YOU. Whether you had a great, gray, or crummy 2018 here my tips to be the best version of yourself in 2019:
- Sleep – I am amazed at the amount of people that believe it is a badge of honor to sleep less than 7 – 8 hours a night. Those of you who sleep less than 7 hours you are walking around drunk and don’t even know it. The benefits of a good night’s sleep are researched and documented all over the internet. Bottom line: prioritize good sleep.
- Compassion – I don’t mean for other people. I have found that many people can cut other people a break, I’m talking about self-compassion. Let yourself off the hook for being human. Laugh at your mistakes. Fall in love with being human, and trying your best. The rest is not up to you.
- Journal – Truth is we are all our best teachers. The issue for many of us is that we do not have a way to let ourselves look at our lives objectively. Journaling solves that. 10 minutes a day (set a timer) and write out anything that is on your mind. Let it flow. As soon as the timer rings, read what you wrote from a perspective of the words not being true of false, just words. From there, you will realize your intuition has all the training it ever will need, and all you needed was to learn where to look.
- Play – Stop taking life too seriously. If all you can do is talk about work, your relationship, and/or family, I got news for you, you’re a f*cking drag. Get out go play for sake of playing. Yep! Just like you did when you were a kid. Go have fun WITHOUT expectation. You will feel a new lease on life.
- Communicate – In fact this should be OVER-communicate. Say how you feel, when you feel it. That doesn’t mean have emotional outbursts, it means sharing your feelings when you feel them, apologize when you mess up, be courageous. Let the emotions out of you. We ALL have them, we ALL go through them. The difference between the happy and unhappy is their ability to process, and communicate them effectively.
2019 is just starting. Possibilities are endless. Think of the 2020 version of yourself and make that version of yourself proud.
Steph Gaudreau, on Lasting Nutrition Changes
One of the most impactful ways of looking at nutrition habit change that I’ve seen with clients (in the New Year or at any time) is to chunk things up. It’s so tempting to go “all in” on a program, trying to change everything at once because it can be like wiping the slate clean. And while – in my experience – that type of overhaul works long-term for a small number of people, it’s typically not the norm. It’s easy to get overwhelmed.
One of the nutrition approaches I recommend is starting with one meal instead of making global change to everything you eat in a day. In particular, I love suggesting a savory breakfast. If you’re currently eating sweets for breakfast – which also tend to be notoriously low in protein and fiber – try switching to a non-sweet breakfast. It could be meat and greens, eggs, soup, stew, or even leftovers. When you front-load your day with protein and keep yourself off the blood sugar rollercoaster by opting out of sweets first thing in the day, the results can be pretty astounding!
The other big picture view I get my clients to think about is taking an additive approach to their nutrition, and this is particularly helpful for those with a history of dieting, one where they may have only focused on cutting back, restricting, and avoiding certain foods. By adding a little more protein, a new veggie, some carbs, bone broth, egg yolks, fermented foods, etc. there’s less energy around lack and missing out. The hope is that these additions will begin to crowd out food choices that make people feel less good.
Simple and sustainable changes, for the win!
James FitzGerald, on Personal Development
1. Start studying philosophy and existentialism. Keep asking questions on why we are here, without looking for an answer, but more so to help one decide upon their reason for doing anything everyday. Study readings and contributions on consciousness – what it is, what it is not – and why it might matter.
2. Keep moving, daily. Not moving is dying. Move because you can, not because you are using moving for another reason to fix other issues.
3. Measure your life. Diary every night, track your food, track your energy and movement consistency – you will learn that the journey is measurable and keeps you autonomously responsible for yourself.
4. Fill your day with things that challenge you and inspire you – all day, not for a few minutes. If you do not have this in place, start building the resources to get there to make this happen.
Les Alfred, on Self-Love and Lifestyle Change
My #1 tip for being the best version of yourself in 2019 (or any year for that matter) is to create lifestyle change out of a place of self-love, instead of self-punishment.
Often times at the beginning of the year, we want to make lifestyle changes to “punish” ourselves for where we felt we may have fallen short the year before. That’s why it is so easy for resolutions to fall by the wayside. But if you set goals and resolutions from a place of self compassion, by inviting better habits into your life and creating space for them to foster and grow, you’ll be way more successful.