The start of the New Year often inspires people to make changes to their life for the better. One of the most popular resolutions is one that relates to nutrition, whether it be a resolution to eat better, lose weight, or cut out certain foods. It may seem like a difficult hurdle once the new year starts, but there are some tricks you can use to increase your odds of success:
Make Your Resolution Specific
Resolutions that are vague and non-specific leave plenty of room to forget, or simply be uninspiring to create an actual change. Creating a specific resolution, or at least creating a set of specific resolutions, will be easier to plan for, and therefore, stick to.
Small changes are the way to win this race. If you create a grand plan that you intend to implement right off, it’s easy to get off track quickly. Stick to small changes that you include in your plan over time. For example, vow to drink an extra glass of water every day in your first week. Once you have a handle on that, move toward another habit, such as switching to whole-grain pasta and breads, and continue from there.
Having a positive attitude can certainly help, but don’t underestimate the power of positive language either. For example, instead of saying that your resolution is to stop eating candy bars at night, make your resolution to try one new healthy nighttime snack per week. Once you create the habit of trying healthier snacks, you’re likely to be less inclined to binge on candy bars on your sofa.
For additional resources, and more ideas to get healthier this year, visit Albany’s Healthy Living Center.