With weight loss being one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, many people resolve to start eating healthier as a method of losing that weight.
It is important to reflect on what you really want to do and commit to an achievable goal to accomplish over the course of the year. Weight loss and diet changes take time, approaching the resolution with the acceptance of this gradual process can help you avoid discouragement and sustain a new, healthy lifestyle.
The best way to successfully approach healthy eating resolutions is to plan and organize. Keep a food journal for several days, documenting everything you normally consume. Then ask yourself, “What am I doing now, and what can I change or cut out of my diet?”
An easy guide to beginning a healthier diet is to be mindful of food choices and portion sizes. Meals should consist of larger portions of non-starchy vegetables, a small portion of starchy vegetables, and three to four ounces of lean meat.
Even for those individuals not focused on losing weight in the New Year, healthy eating resolutions should still be set. By eating healthy, individuals can help improve their entire well-being.
Set goals to decrease the amount of sodium or sugar in your diet. Substitutes such as fruit, or garlic or peppers can be used to sweeten or spice recipes instead of unhealthy amounts of sugar and sodium.
The team of registered dieticians at Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center are dedicated to educating individuals on nutritious, balanced diets and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Margaret “Maggie” May is a registered dietician at Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center, as well as a registered nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 1982 and a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition in 1998, both from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.