Healthy Living in 2013 – Simple Tips for Sticking to That New Year’s Resolution
Guest Blog post from Keri Glassman, Expert Nutritionist and Author, on how to be healthier in the New Year
The holiday season is wrapping up, and with that, the time of year when many of us decide to make New Year’s resolutions that we hope will help improve our lives in one way or another. And for many people, resolutions focus on improved health and fitness. Even though I am not a big fan of resolutions and prefer to help people better themselves throughout the year, the New Year is a good time to focus on goals! In fact, a recent MSN and Impulse survey revealed that nearly 30 percent of people said they want to eat healthier in the New Year, either by eliminating junk food or starting a new diet, but 39 percent also cited ‘lack of time’ as the reason they’re not typically successful in sticking to resolutions.
I’ve joined forces with MSN to help provide some easy-to-follow tips and advice as part of MSN Healthy Living’s feature on the 21 Days of Healthy Habits. Each day will feature new content from me and a number of other expert contributors to help you discover the best plan of attack for a healthy lifestyle in 2013.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for getting started:
Think of every meal as a “Monday morning”:
- People too frequently throw in the towel after making one “bad” diet decision. Instead, think of every meal like a “Monday morning”. Don’t we all start the week off on a healthy note? If you compartmentalize each meal you will be much less likely to let one little slip throw you completely off track.
New Year, New You…Clean Slate, Clean Pantry:
- Clean out your pantry: Spend five minutes pulling out items that are either OLD, unhealthy, or you simply over-consume. Ditch ‘em or donate to a local food pantry and make room for NEW healthier foods. This also helps you get organized for meal planning.
Technology Is Your Friend:
- A recent MSN and Impulse study showed that more than 75 percent of people use apps or search online for health and fitness tips. MSN is a fantastic one-stop resource where you can quickly get advice, tips and inspiration. And for those of you on Windows 8, you can easily access MSN and a myriad of health tips on Healthy Living with the swipe of a finger faster than ever before.
Become a Planning Professional:
- Going out to eat? Have your strategy ready, whether it’s ordering a child’s portion, splitting an entrée, asking for sauce or dressing on the side, or having fruit for dessert.
- Write down a list of produce you want to eat this week. People who commit to a concrete plan to eat more fruits and vegetables are twice as likely to stick with that plan. Adding veggies to your meal can automatically help you reduce overall caloric consumption at the meal.
Exercise the Buddy System... Literally!
- Everyone knows it is more fun to work out with someone else, so ask around at work or in your neighborhood for a new weight-loss buddy. Finding someone you can brag to a little about your successes—or confess to when you’ve had a setback—will provide solid support, and may even provide a little healthy competition. In fact, studies show you work out harder when you’re exercising with someone you perceive to be in better shape than yourself.
Embrace your Inner Chef:
- If you were super busy with all of that last minute holiday planning, I’m sure cooking healthy dinners was far from the top of your list. Now that the New Year is upon us, take the opportunity to experiment in the kitchen. Try some new spices or a new kitchen gadget. Maybe you got a slow cooker for the holidays or a new mandolin. Give them a test drive with a new, healthy recipe!
Cheers to a healthier you in the New Year!
--Keri Glassman MS, RD, CDN and Author of The New You and Improved Diet