Starting Your Healthy Eating Resolution

The wonderful New Year’s Resolution, or mid year’s resolution, or any time resolution so many of us make to ourselves: I’m going to start eating better! Often times this is easier said than done, trust me, I made this resolution many times before I actually stuck to it and I still have to get myself back on track from time to time. Here are some tips I learned along the way to help me get started and stay on track.

1) JUST DO IT! Nobody ever goes to the gym and says, “I really wish I had just stayed on my couch.” Unless of course you do something crazy and hurt yourself, then maybe you may have wished you stayed on your couch. We often regret those days that we should have made it into the gym but we just didn’t for whatever excuse we give ourselves that day. The same goes for eating healthier and getting our nutrition on the right track. Some days, maybe all days, we just want that pizza. But, you are less likely to regret and more likely to feel better about the healthier choice, your body will be happier too! So just do it! Get up and go to the gym and pick the healthier options.

2) START TODAY! Often times when we know we are about to embark on a new nutrition challenge or “diet” we set a start date for ourselves then we over indulge until that day because, well, “I’m not going to get to enjoy these foods EVER again!” (we are so dramatic).  Or, well, at least for a month, or X amount of time. First of all, this isn’t true, you can still leave some wiggle room for your favorite foods even on the healthiest of diets. Second of all, you are setting yourself up for failure with this type of thinking. Third of all (and last of the of all’s), why set yourself back even further by spending one more day or even one more meal eating things that are keeping you from your goals??

3) RE-START AT EVERY MEAL! If that’s what you need to do. I’ve heard people say many times (and used to be guilty of saying myself), “Well, I already messed up my day by eating a crappy lunch so I might as well continue eating poorly for the rest of the day. I’ll start back tomorrow.” NO!!! Even if you eat a poor lunch every day for a week, 7 poor lunches is much better than 7 entire DAYS of poor meals.  If you miss a good breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, whatever, get right back on track with your next meal.

4) NO EXCUSES! When we don’t reach a goal, we often make excuses for our failure. Making excuses is our way of rationalizing why we didn’t succeed in doing the things we wanted to do We can actually talk ourselves into further failure because we start to believe and live out our rationalizations! So, missed a meal? Didn’t eat your veggies? No water today? That’s A-OKAY. Refer back to tip #3, get back on track, but don’t make excuses for yourself.

Do you have some advice for starting – or sticking to a new healthy eating resolution? Let us know in the comments section!

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