Monday, December 4, 2017

Guest Post: How to Get the Most Out of Your New Year's Resolutions

By Morgan Giannattasio, MS, RDN, LD, Dietitian for EduPlated, an online nutrition coaching platform. 


It is an age old tradition that when the New Yearcomes, we often make promises to ourselves that may include something to the extent of eating healthier, exercising more, losing weight, etc. Unfortunately, we often do not keep these promises that we make due to unrealistic expectations

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So how can we maintain these resolutions? One way you can do this is to set realistic goals for yourself. Instead of saying you will lose a certain amount of weight or aiming for a “bikini body”, try setting a realistic expectation that does not focus on a number. 

Examples of realistic resolutions:

• Reduce soda or sweetened beverage consumption
• Exercise at least 2-3 times per week
• Walk at least 10,000 steps per day
• Eat more vegetables and fruits, at least 3x/day
• Eat out less than 2x/week
• Learn to cook healthier
• Bring lunch to work 

To make your own realistic New Year’s resolution, choose adopting a healthy habit that you do not already do day to day, instead of focusing on weight or a body image. 

Tips for success:

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• Record your goal! 
Writing things down and recording your progress can be helpful to keep yourself accountable. 
• Figure out how will you accomplish your goal and write it down. 
If you are choosing to eat more fruits and vegetables, know how you would like to eat them (smoothies, in a salad, raw as a snack, etc.) and add them to your grocery list.
• Do not be too strict or hard on yourself.
If you have a slip up, don’t lose faith in yourself and give up, it happens! Just try and figure out a way to get back on track. 
• Do not focus on dates and timelines.
Adopting a healthy habit can happen any day of the year; you don’t have to use New Years as a time to begin your health journey. Don’t limit yourself to a certain date or timeline, start making healthy lifestyle changes any day of the year.

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