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Local Flavour: A new year, a new you
The new year is always a busy time for fitness clubs, and Pilates instructor Linda Mallard, owner of the Tsawwassen Wellness Centre, has a few tips for making your resolutions stick.
For many people, the resolution to get in shape doesn't last because it is motivated by negativity, says Mallard.
"A lot of people attack their resolution… because they are unhappy with themselves," she says. "But how can you come to a place of self-love, when you are coming from a place of self-loathing?"
Often people will exercise too hard and deny themselves food in order to lose weight, but that approach is unsustainable.
"It's almost like people punish themselves," says Mallard. "It's no wonder so many people quit."
It is important to listen to your body, she says, and if you are in pain, do not push through the pain. Proper nutrition is also key.
"You get out of your body what you put into it."
Mallard says to focus on an attainable goal with a positive outcome - such as wanting to live pain free, or being able to do a bicycle trip across Europe.
"When you approach it from a positive viewpoint… you'll have a greater chance of success," she says.
Quinoa mango salsa salad
1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water
300g grape or cherry tomatoes
½ cup purple onion
½ cup cilantro
2-4 limes (to taste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 or 2 chili peppers (optional)
Cook Quinoa to package instructions, and cool. In a separate bowl, make salsa by chopping everything into small pieces. Mix just before serving.