Resolutions that work
New Year, new resolutions – and if you’re like most people, it will include some goals for getting healthier. But 80 percent of resolutions fail by February, and it’s not just you and I that fall short; even the pros have a hard time sticking to their resolutions. What gives? A goal without a plan is just a wish, says Lindsey Kane, a registered dietitian nutritionist. “The good news is, there are some tried-and-true strategies for making good habits, the key to keeping your resolutions,” she explains.
“I resolve to eat more mindfully”
Between our phones, TVs and computers, we are bombarded with distractions during meal times. This can have serious negative health effects, leading you to choose less healthy foods and to mindlessly eat more than you need. The solution? Turning off devices and paying attention to your food, says Sara Patton, a registered dietitian. “I am going to practise ‘intuitive eating’ which will help me become more in touch with my body’s needs – eating when I’m hungry and stopping when I’m full,” she explains. “This includes planning to take my time with my meals and not eating in front of the TV or computer.”
“I resolve to reduce my food waste”
How many times have you carefully packed away leftovers…and then forgotten to eat them? Basbaum’s solution is to schedule a “plan-over” meal once a week where she uses leftovers to create a new, healthy meal. “For example, if I plan to cook a dinner of grilled chicken, broccoli, and sweet potato one night, I will make extra grilled chicken and broccoli and turn it into a chicken broccoli penne pasta the next night,” she says. “I will have avoided wasting food and will save myself time in the process.”