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5 Popular Resolutions and Simple Tips to Stick to Them

 

5 Popular Resolutions and Simple Tips to Stick to Them

According to this Forbes article, 40% of us will make New Year’s resolutions, but just 8% of us will actually achieve our New Years’ goals. Look at the various lists of resolutions popping up today and you’ll likely see those listed below. In fact, you probably included a few of these on your own list of resolutions.

Let’s make 2014 the year we increase that 8% statistic! Use the tips and resources below to stick to resolutions and turn them into healthy habits!

1. Stress less

  • Set your cell phone timer to ring every hour with a reminder to take 5 or 6 deep breaths and get up from your desk to stretch your legs
  • Minimize morning stress by prepping your breakfast the night before using these ideas
  • Consider a daily meditation practice. Apps like Breathe2Relax and HeadSpace are both really helpful and easy to use!
  • Keep a gratitude journal that you write in daily.
  • Practice “4-7-8” breathing 2-3 times each day (Breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts, and exhale for 8 counts)
  • Consider swapping 1 of your cups of coffee for tea, which has special nutrients that provide an even caffeine buzz

2. Lose weight/get fit

  • Skip the fad diets. Instead of following a fad diet, join a program like Weight Watchers, join a local hospital’s healthy eating group, or work with a registered dietitian. Consistently eating well should make you feel energized and empowered.
  • Sip tea after dinner. Nighttime is often when stress-eating rears its head. Not only does sipping herbal tea provide soothing relaxation, it also provides hand-to-mouth movement that snacking does, but without the excess food intake.
  • Avoid “all-or-nothing” thinking. Extreme goals usually aren’t conducive to everyday life. You’re likely to feel like you’ve failed and drop exercise and healthy eating all together. Instead, set one or two small “health & wellness” goals and stick with them until they become habits. Then move on to a few new goals.

3. Eat healthier

  • Make more meals at home. Check out the recipes at BumbleBee.com, CookingLight.com, EatingWell.com, and CJNutrition.com for ideas and inspiration.
  • If you find that the only veggies on your plate tend to be those that accompany dinner, aim to fit a serving into each of your other meals. Add some sautéed spinach and salsa to your egg sandwich in the morning, crunch on carrots and hummus as snacks, and load up your sandwich with plenty of lettuce and tomato at lunchtime.
  • Think of willpower like a muscle — the more you focus on and use it, the stronger it becomes. Remind yourself of this as you make each healthy choice, like cooking dinner at home. Before you know it, what once took willpower will be habit.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you get off-track. The most important thing you can do is get right back on track. Don’t try to starve yourself to make up for the extra calories. Just get right back into your healthy eating rhythm!
  • Grab some simple spices and use them on everything savory! Garlic powder, smoked paprika, and freshly ground peppercorns are delicious on anything from veggies to fish. Chili powder, ground cumin, curry powder, and a salt-free Italian seasoning blend are also handy ways to add mega flavor to food as you start cooking more at home. 

4. Drink less alcohol

  • Treat alcohol as you would any other treat, like dessert or fried food — have it in a small amount and really savor it.
  • Look closely at WHY you drink. If you love the flavor of a great locally brewed beer, then have a glass and really enjoy it. If you use alcohol as a medication, such as having a glass or two of wine to put you to sleep at night, or heading directly to the liquor cabinet when you’re stressed, seek alternatives that accomplish the same purpose. Sip herbal tea at night before bed to relax, or call a friend to meet up for a walk-n-talk when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • Sip water in between every drink when you’re out for social occasions.
  • Evaluate how your friends and family affect your drinking. If you have friends who pressure you to drink more than you want to, or who don’t want to hang out unless you’re drinking, consider hanging out with them less often and opt for spending the majority of your social occasions with friends who like to do non-alcohol related activities.
  • Take an honest look at how much you drink and your drinking patterns, and seek professional help if necessary.

5. Better work/life balance

  • Sit down with the people in your household each week and discuss everyone’s upcoming schedule together.
  • Schedule in the work and social events that are most important to you ahead of time. Make these events of equal priority and schedule less pressing items around them.
  • Find a good mantra or quote that inspires you to work towards ongoing balance and flexibility, or find inspiration and tips from other people who have sought to find this balance. Here are a few quotes from famous women.
  • Look at your current friends, family, and co-workers and be honest about who respects your time and who violates any of your boundaries. This will be personal for everyone and there is no right or wrong set of criteria, but it is worth thinking about in order to be aware of when and where you can create time in your life.
  • Be 100% present at work and 100% present away from work — avoid being 50% present 100% of the time. We like these simple yet powerful tips.

Are you making resolutions this year? Are they on this list?


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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
Jan
CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods