Julie Whittington, RD

Healthy tips from a Registered Dietitian

Make nutritious New Year’s resolutions

The time has come for New Year’s resolutions.  However, rather than the usual health resolutions you set each year and give up on by February, this new decade can offer the opportunity for setting some long-term goals that can make a real difference in your health.

When it comes to setting goals, perhaps the most important piece in continued success resides in monitoring.  Self monitoring through journaling, charting, tweeting or self talk is beneficial for some people.  For others, it may take extra help from a friend, family member or health professional.  Whichever method works best for you, stick with it.

As for the actual goals and resolutions, aim to make them realistic.  Though most may be challenging, the idea is that they will be achievable if you dedicate yourself.  If you have been unsuccessful with the set the same health resolutions every year, such as rapid weight loss or training yourself for a marathon, consider whether your goals have been realistic.  And, have you been willing to give up the alternative choices when it comes to achieving your goals?  Alternatives, such as getting chores done or not starving yourself often win out and are often a healthier or smarter choice.

So, this year, consider your options and what you and your doctor feel is best health route for you.  Decide who in your life will help to cheer you on (especially past February) and what is standing in your way.  Additionally, remember to not only make your goals revolve around weight.  So often, people aim to change weight without considering other important aspects of health such as stress level, physical fitness and good sleep habits.

If you set specific goals within different areas of your life, it can help more with overall health than just one or two goals focused only on outward appearances.

Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about your own 2010 resolutions:

  • Take 10 minutes daily to incorporate deep breathing or quiet time, to calm your nerves and allow yourself to then further consider your other goals.
  • Practice mindfulness while eating.  Slow (yet not too slow) eating that allows you to fully enjoy the eating experience and not become disconnected from why you are actually eating helps to maintain a healthy relationship with food and your body.
  • Work with a dietitian to determine your most healthful body weight range.  Then, you can set realistic goals to achieve or maintain healthful weight.
  • Work with a trainer to learn safe and effective exercise routines.  You can always then continue the plan on your own if you feel you can realistically do it on your own.  You can also find helpful information online or in some books and magazines.  Or, you may have a friend who can help you determine a good starting place for you.  It does not have to cost a lot!
  • Never forget to hydrate yourself!  Consider the amount of water you drink versus soda, alcohol and coffee.  Water helps us to concentrate, digest well, keep immunity strong and more.

So, no matter your goals, remember you can always achieve great things with your health if you set your mind to it.  And, if your goals are achievable and the rewards are desirable, you will be able to continue on, through the year, making improvements in your health!


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