Healthy new year's resolutions

January 9, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

No one is completely immune to temptation; many of us know the “right” things to eat but putting that knowledge into daily practice can be a different story.   Sometimes we resist and sometimes not.  While I am proud to say I did resist the chocolate donuts at the store yesterday, I am under no illusion I “needed” those 2 cookies I ate at lunch today (eating for 2 is not an excuse…. unfortunately).
So, how best to deal with temptations?  It seems as if everywhere I turn there are stories about how to lose weight, eat healthier, etc, etc.  Tis the season for resolutions, right? I am not big on resolutions as they often embrace an all-or-nothing concept.  I feel that being healthy, eating right & exercising should be part of our daily lives and maintaining these behaviors can be challenging no matter what time of year. Instead of an ambitious resolution such as going to the gym everyday for over an hour perhaps it may be better to focus on smaller goals.  Starting an exercise program with a 20 minute walk 3 times a week is much more achievable than starting with daily intense exercise.  Set yourself up for success, not failure.  Start small and build from there.  So maybe you didn’t go to the gym every day but you did make it 3 times this week, which is much more than previously.  Of course it is desirable to gradually increase your exercise to the AHA recommendations of 40-50 minutes a day. Gradual changes will lead to your ultimate goal.

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