Published on January 15, 2021

Healthy for Good in the New Year

picture of fruit and vegetables

A New Year is a great time to reflect on the past year and refresh for the new year. Oftentimes we set the bar high only to burn out early on. In fact, two weeks into the New Year, about 30% of people give up on their resolutions. More than half of resolvers barely make it six months before throwing in the towel.

Instead of setting so many resolutions, try a more balanced approach to last you all year long:

  • Ditch the diet – diets are just restrictive rules that prevent us from enjoying life and being healthy. Be leery of any eating plan that cuts out complete food groups.
  • Eat balanced – instead of cutting out, think of foods to ADD in. Fruits and vegetables are low calorie and full of fiber and nutrients. Adding more produce leaves less room for foods from a package, which are usually higher in calories, fat, sugar and sodium.
  • Be mindful – become fully aware of your hunger cues; only eat when you’re hungry. Eating mindfully allows you to make choices that feel good to you, so it’s not about “good foods” vs. “bad foods.” Deprivation may be the main reason you struggle. If you crave chocolate, allow yourself to have a mindful portion or maybe satisfy that craving with a palmful of dark chocolate chips. By doing so, that food no longer becomes “special” and there is no need for “cheat days” because your diet is balanced.
  • Show mercy – No one is perfect all the time. Remember you control the food; it does not control you. Don’t let the food guilt lead you deeper into overeating or giving up. Let each healthy choice be a positive spiral upward to continue making healthy choices.
  • Enlist the troops – Enlist support from friends or family members. Accountability is key to keep the motivation going.

Instead of setting so many resolutions, try a more balanced approach to last you all year long.