By SRK Editor
| Last updated January 11, 2019
Eating healthier and getting in shape is one of the most common new year resolutions. If it is one of yours, great, but you have got to realize “I’m going to eat healthier this year” is one of those well intentioned, but little-defined goals that isn’t nearly as easy done as said. It is perhaps exactly this reason that new year resolutions are hard to stick to: the exact goals and how-to is seldom defined.
If your intention is to eat healthier, you will have an easier time accomplishing it if you’re able to break down your big goal into bite-sized mini-goals. It is with this in mind that we have selected key healthy eating tips we have found from registered dietitians to share with you.
Too big of an undefined goal can lead to lack of focus and, ultimately, a failed goal. Defining smaller goals necessary to be reached to get to your final destination allows one to actually achieve the intended objective. Having a to-do list that you can check off on the way to a larger goal can also give you a feeling of accomplishment, pushing you to work harder and faster towards your desired objective.
Work to reduce your sugar intake, little by little.
“Cutting back on sugar is a gradual process and doesn’t happen overnight, but once you start to cut back on it, you’ll realize you don’t need as much of it as you once thought. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. One easy thing I like to do to cut is use Truvia Nectar, because it has 50 percent fewer calories than sugar. I put it in my Greek yogurt, tea, or anything else I usually put honey, sugar, or agave in.”
— Chelsea Elkin, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
Add vegetables to your meals, even if it means breakfast
“One health-protective habit I often recommend is aim to fill half of every mealtime plate or bowl with non-starchy veggies. For most people (including me!), that’s easier to do for lunch and dinner than for breakfast. So, my eating resolution this year is to include veggies in one way or another at every breakfast. I see plenty of non-traditional breakfasts in the future!”
Jackie Newgent, R.D.N., culinary nutritionist and author of The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook
Cut down your alcohol consumption, and ensure it’s only on the weekend
“Not only does alcohol intake add empty calories to the diet, but it can lead to poor diet and fitness decisions the following day. My rule of thumb: Skip out on the alcohol during the week and save that special glass of wine for weekend activities.”
Nora Minno, R.D., C.P.T., an NYC-based registered dietitian and personal trainer
Be mindful of what you’re putting in your body
“A big goal of mine for the new year is to eat more mindfully. The last couple of months have been super-hectic and I have found myself rushing through meals more than usual. [This year], I want to take more time to taste and appreciate everything that I put in my mouth. Food is such a delightful sensory experience, and a privilege! Furthermore, there’s evidence to suggest that practicing mindful eating may assist with portion control, weight management, and possibly even digestion, which are all important factors for long term health.”
— Edwina Clark, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., and head of nutrition and wellness at Yummly
Get into meal prep and cook larger batches for later meals, it will make the difference!
“A weekly meal plan can help you eat better, save money, and time during the week. I really like this type of resolution because it is positive, no restriction, doesn’t involve dieting.”
— Rebecca Clyde, M.S., R.D.N., C.D., blogger at Nourish Nutrition dragon fruit smoothie bowl
Stock your pantry with fewer sweets and high-calorie snacks.
“Resolving to never eat a sweet again takes a lot of effort and can create a feeling of deprivation. A more realistic resolution would be to create an environment in which you can consume fewer sweets without having to rely solely on your willpower. Research shows that when sweets are within arm’s reach or even within our sight, we are much more likely to consume them than if we have to go out to the store to buy them.”
Patricia Bannan, M.S., R.D.N., author of Eat Right When The Time Is Right
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