New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

With the New Year approaching, many people are making resolutions to eat healthier and lose weight, but we all know how hard it can be to stick to them for the whole year.  Why don’t they seem to work?  How can I make a resolution that will last through 2010 and beyond?  What are some good nutrition resolutions for the coming year?  Find out by listening to this episode on Resolutions You Can Keep!


New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep – Podcast Transcript

Hi and welcome to nutritionally speaking.  I’m your host, Michaela Ballmann.

That time is here again—the time when everyone seems to be focused on the new year and their resolutions to get organized, learn a new language, eat healthier, and lose weight.  As you can expect, in this episode, I’m going to focus specifically on nutrition and diet-related resolutions.

Though I’ve never been a big fan of such resolutions, I do see that they can be valuable for some people if they’re done right.  Now some may want to know why I’m not fond of resolutions.  Here’s why: most people make crazy resolutions that they are never going to be able to keep and then suffer from discouragement and disappointment when they can’t meet their expectations of themselves.  Many people also choose resolutions that are temporary in nature.  For example, a diet is definitely temporary—someone will GO ON a diet to lose a certain amount of weight, and then after they have lost that weight they will go back to eating the way they like.  Lifestyle changes, on the other hand, are more permanent in nature.  Resolutions can also result in extreme behaviors.  Someone will resolve him/herself to eat healthy foods ONLY and then they may go overboard and develop what is known as orthorexia when the person is obsessed with eating healthfully and won’t even go out with friends for lunch because they fear there won’t be anything healthy enough to eat.  I’m sure you all know someone who has made a resolution that has one of these ____(aspects)_______ in it.

So, now that you know why resolutions can fail early in the year,


Tips for making new year’s resolutions that you can keep

Here are some tips for making new year’s resolutions that you can keep for the whole of 2010, not just the first couple months:

  1. Make it realistic, please.  Don’t promise yourself that you will never eat a piece of chocolate again.  Not going to happen!  This also can be a trigger for you to binge on chocolate or any other food in the future because you have been restricting your consumption of that food.  It’s part psychological, part physical, so be careful.
  2. Keep it healthy.  Going on a very extreme diet, say a fat free diet, or becoming a fruitarian is NOT healthy.  You need a balance of all foods, yes that includes carbs and fats, in your daily diet.  A diet that includes foods from all food groups in moderation is much better than an Atkins diet or a raw food diet.
  3. Make it a lifestyle.  Pick something that you can change that can be part of your life forever, like eating three fruits a day, or switching from butter to a non-hydrogenated margarine, or making one new recipe a month.  It doesn’t have to be a huge thing like losing fifty pounds, getting rid of all sugar or salt, or something like that.  You can keep it small and simple; that may even work better.

More new year’s resolutions tips

I’ve already given you a few hints at some good, realistic, healthy lifestyle changes for the new year, but I have some more up my sleeve, so I’ll share them too:

  1. How about going to a farmer’s market near you and buying some local produce?  If you like it, you can go more often.
  2. How about baking your own bread once a month?  Again, if you like it and want to make the time for it, you can do it more often.
  3. Also, try a new vegetable.  Look up a healthy recipe online or in a cookbook and see if it’s something you want to eat again.
  4. Exercise three times a week for thirty minutes.  If you can do that, try to add a day or two more or up your time to 45 minutes.
  5. Find a cookbook you want or a bunch of recipes you’ve been wanting to try, and cook them all on a Sunday so you don’t have to cook during the week, or start using a crockpot.  Make eating home-cooked meals easy and healthy.
  6. Set aside me-time.  It will give you time to do things that YOU want, like a hobby or reading, listening to music or just relaxing.  It also helps relieve stress and keep you from an impending nervous breakdown.
  7. Switch from lard, shortening, or “vegetable oil” to specifically “Olive or canola” oil.
  8. Try eating fresh fruit instead of drinking juice, or eating fruit canned in syrup.
  9. There are so many more, but this list is getting really long!

If you’d like some more ideas for new year’s resolutions you can keep, leave a comment on my website.

Wishing you a happy new year and good health for 2010!  Thanks for listening to nutritionally speaking and See you next time!

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