This Year Resolve to Make Healthier Choices!

Many people kick off the new year resolving to diet. This year resolve not to go on a
diet, but resolve to Make Healthier Choices all throughout the year. Start out each week
with a plan to make one small healthy change to create long term healthy habits. Slow
and steady wins the race. Eat a piece of fruit after dinner most nights instead of dessert,
carry a water bottle with you to increase your fluid intake and paying attention to portion
sizes are just a few ways to resolve to a healthier you.
 
Find new ways to eat fruits and vegetables
  • Scramble your favorite vegetables with eggs or add it to an omelet. 
  • Add fruit to yogurt, cereal and oatmeal
  • Reduce your portion of meat at a meal and have an extra serving of veggies or a
    salad
  • Try hummus with carrots, celery, cauliflower, or other vegetables
  • Guacamole…It’s heart healthy and delicious!
  • Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies
Eat more mindfully
  • Step away from your phone, computer or TV while consuming meals and snacks
  • Pay attention to what you’re eating.
  • Take the time to chew, taste and enjoy the food.
  • Be mindful of eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full.

Stay Positive!

  • Don’t beat yourself up about enjoying a food that’s not as healthy. Food can be tied to a
    lot of problematic feelings for many people and this can lead to emotional eating. The
    trick to avoid getting stuck in the trap of “eating your feelings” is to look at your food as
    providing nourishment to the body.
  • Don’t give up!!
    • One bad meal or day does not cancel out all your efforts. Get back on
      track at the next meal. Every new day is an opportunity for a fresh start.

For a more personalized approach to meeting your nutritional goals, consult our Registered Dietitian, Eileen Conneely.

 

References:
1. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2. Fruitsandveggies.org
3. Reader’s Digest