Did you set a resolution to eat better? Most people do. But what if I told you something different. For most, New Year’s resolutions tend to be short-lived and expensive. I do believe in goal setting, but I don’t embrace the whole “resolution” idea. Through my own trial and error, I’ve had as many errors as the next person. I mean seriously, Oprah is the newest spokesperson for Weight Watchers. She claims to make 2016 the year she gets her best body. We’ll see. Oprah is still trying.
Try this approach: use the month of January to regroup: get your feet underneath you, brush yourself off from the holidays and settle in. Maybe some much needed rest is what you require instead of a “beat down” in the gym. This is the time to clean up your life, slow down and figure out where you see yourself over the next year. Once you feel more grounded, then you can clearly see where you need to go. Think of ONE nutrition goal. Then, think of ONE old habit you can ditch to make room for a new habit. All new habits get you closer to your ONE goal. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
- Have coffee with real cream, butter or coconut oil instead of sugared creamers
- Make lunch your biggest meal and skip the salads. You’ll feel fuller longer.
- One piece of fruit daily…skip the fruit at breakfast
- Drink more water than any other beverage
- Limit alcohol to weekends only and only one night.
- Eat animal protein at each meal.
- Make sure you eat meals instead of snacks.
- Eat 90% of your foods from whole food sources. (Fruit juice is not a whole food source.)
So, if you’re raring to go this month, then go for it full blast! Otherwise, go easy on yourself this month. You have permission. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, run-down or just not motivated, then this is absolutely not the time to start a new habit. Chances are you’ll fall into the “failed resolution category” and that’s not a good way to start off a new year is it? Nourish, rest and prepare for new beginnings ahead. By the way, it always starts with food.