According to TIME magazine, one of the most commonly broken New Year’s Resolutions is to ‘Eat Healthier and Diet’ which I’m sure comes as no surprise. Every January we tell ourselves that we won’t make any more trips to McDonald’s as if to say changing the very last digit in the date has any influence on what we stuff our stomachs with. No one said it would be easy, but it is possible; so if just like me you’ve decided to be healthier this year it’s about time we’re realistic about it, making SMART decisions so that before we cross over to 2015 we have achieved something. Here are a couple of things I’ve decided to do.
1: Keep a Food Log
I have tried this in the past, but recording both the healthy and unhealthy things I ate on a daily basis was not only time consuming because I eat so much, but discouraging because my one banana a day felt like nothing in comparison to my 10 slices of pizza. That is why this time around I will only make a note of the healthy things I eat- I’m hoping that after looking at a very short list for the first few weeks I will be motivated to have a list full of healthy snacks.
2: Diet Days
I certainly do not have the will power to go a week without excessive amounts of chocolate let alone a month, but I’m sure I could go a day, maybe even two. So I plan to choose two days of the week to be as healthy as I can- my definition of healthy is simply no junk food, but you can adapt this to fit your goals and needs. This doesn’t mean that if my chosen day is Friday that I stuff myself with burgers and cookies on Thursday and Saturday, it’s just a way to try and make myself more aware of my food habits in the hopes of changing them in the long run.
3: Cooking for the Family
If you live alone, cooking for yourself is something you do anyway, in my house I only cook occasionally- being a student is time consuming! But if you cook healthy meals for the family you won’t feel like you’re on this journey alone and I think that this is bound to be the most encouraging part of it all.
Hopefully this works for all of us, I’ll try to keep you updated on how I go and I hope that you can share any tips, advice or simply inform me of how it’s working out for you in the comments section.
Good luck, Tisha x