Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions

Many of us make new year’s resolutions saying “this year will be the year!” Then we are disappointed when we do not achieve our goals. Things seem to fall by the way side around the end of January or February. We think “Maybe next year.” But your resolutions can still be achieved! The key is to set a series of smaller incremental goals that you can reach. Once you have achieved step one then step two is not that hard to obtain and so on. Changing habits such as poor eating/ overeating, drinking too much coffee, smoking and not exercising take work and it is unreasonable to expect those ingrained habits to change overnight. Here is a list of easily obtainable goals to get you started on the path to a healthy lifestyle!

Goal: Cut back on junk food. Substitute junk food with healthy food by eating from the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables a day. Start by increasing the number of servings by one per week until you reach your goal. Try filling ½ of your plate with vegetables at each meal.

Goal: Decrease the amount of food/calories eaten. Eating more whole foods will keep you full for a longer period of time. Be sure to eat whole grain foods. Also be aware of high calorie foods. E.g. that double chai latte has a lot more calories than a chai tea. Frequently we drink our calories by consuming pop, juice and specialty coffee drinks. Drink more tea and water. If you don’t like the taste of water try squeezing a lemon or lime into it.

Goal: Decrease the amount of red meat consumed. Try substituting chicken, turkey, fish, beans or tofu one meal per week. Gradually increase the number of meals without red meat. You’ll see a healthier you and savings on your grocery bill!

Goal: Limit coffee to one cup per day. Start by downsizing your coffee per serving. Try substituting green tea for coffee if you are having caffeine withdrawal.

Goal: Quit smoking. Make a commitment to yourself. Going cold turkey works for some people while others respond better to decreasing the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Find the method that works for you.

Goal: Exercise 3-5 times a week. Start off with a walk after dinner for 20 minutes then start extending the amount of time and the distance you travel. Walking is a great way to lose weight and it is cheaper than a gym membership!

Once you have achieved these goals you can build on them until you become the healthiest, best you!

Happy New Year!

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