Health and wealth a 2014 priority for one in four households
QUEENSLANDERS are aiming for better health and wealth, with almost one in four households listing this as their priority in 2014.
According to ING DIRECT's Financial Wellbeing Index to improve their financial position, 24% of Queenslanders plan to stay on top of their personal debt, 22% will spend less and 21% plan to increase their income.
Dieticians are warning Australians to avoid fad detox diets when making their healthy resolutions, and instead make realistic and achievable goals when dieting.
More than 200 dieticians across Australia participated in the annual Dieticians Association of Australia survey on which diets to avoid in 2014 - the Lemon Detox Diet came in first as the worst diet for the third year running, closely followed by SkinnyMe Tea and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge.
"What you lose on these detox diets, like the Lemon Detox Diet and SkinnyMe tea, is usually fluid, healthy gut bacteria, electrolytes - all the things that keep your body healthy, rather than fat," said DAA spokesperson and practising dietician, Melanie McGrice.
"And you don't need to go on a severe detox because your body has an inbuilt detox system - the lungs, liver and kidneys work every minute of the day."
"If you want to detox, nourish your body by cutting down on fatty, highly processed foods, alcohol and caffeine, and eat a balanced diet - making sure you get plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and water."
This is good advice for central Queenslanders as seven out of 10 people in the region are classified as either obese or overweight, have one of the highest rates of tobacco use, while one in five people are likely to be diagnosed with type two diabetes in the next two decades.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift encourages residents to resolve to have a healthier lifestyle in the new year.
"Up to one-third of all cancers in Queensland are preventable," she said.
Statistics: Queensland 2014
- 24% - improve health
- 24% - improve financially
- 10% - quit a bad habit
- 10% - undertake self- improvement
- 28% - not being able to get ahead financially
- 20% - job security
- 19% - the economy
Stick those resolutions with a new outlook
STATISTICALLY speaking, only 12% of people will fulfil their new year's resolutions.
However, Tara Neven co-founder and business director of Neuresource, a neuroleadership training organisation, said if we shift our focus we can achieve our goals.
You should focus on the things that will enrich your life and others.
Tara suggested changing our goals or intentions to build good habits or behaviour change would give us a greater sense of accomplishment than what just achieving a goal would.
"You should focus on the things that will enrich your life and others," she said.
"If they are purely about a bucket list or financial achievement, in the end the satisfaction when you achieve it may not be as great."
For example, instead of focusing on making more money, consider the way you use and think about money.
This year, Tara said, we should be focused on doing things that enrich our lives and teach us new things.