Author: Kelly Lehmann • Date: December 31, 2014 • Appears in:
5 Improved New Year’s Resolutions
If weight loss or getting healthy are your vague New Year’s Resoulutions for 2015, you are likely setting yourself up for failure. You need tangible steps to take to help you achieve your goals.
So why not take steps that will make you more healthy, a more conscious consumer and happier in general?
- Cook for yourself. Choose a number of days that makes sense for your schedule. Make enough at these meals to use leftovers for lunches. If you need some basic cooking skills sign up for a class or there are many online if you can’t find something you like in your area.
- Eat local. This can be hard to do 100% in most of Canada and the Northern States, so extend your borders a little for winter months. The great thing about this resolution is you’ll stop and look at packaged foods more closely, which can help you avoid eating foods that aren’t adding nutrients to your diet. A Canadian apple in January is a better choice for your health and the environment than a package of “organic” crackers.
- Make half your plate vegetables at lunch and supper. Sounds easy, but it does take some getting used to. Load up on kale, cabbage, beets, carrots, squash and other hardy winter vegetables.
- Menu plan! Sit down every week and make a plan. Mark your really busy days and plan for leftovers on those days. Pull out a couple of cookbooks and choose a few new things to try. Make a shopping list and grocery shop only once or twice in a week.
- Fall in love with food again. Many of us joke that we love food and pat our bellies or comment on our weight gain as proof of this. But the guilt that surrounds meals and snacks tells me otherwise. Counting every calorie, classifying foods as “good” and “bad”, talking about food as “proteins” or “fats” all point to a culture struggling with food love. Taking the steps above, learning to enjoy time preparing food and making meal time a pleasant experience are all steps toward loving food again. Break this one down into other steps like once a week set the table for a special occasion, get a mealtime playlist with calming music, buy a fancy new ingredient and learn to use it, get a new table cloth or candles, be creative.
North America is one of the most overweight continents in the world and the most diet obsessed. Buck the resolution trend and step out of this trap. The steps above may lead to weight loss and will most certainly lead to a happier you.
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