Yes, You Can Eat Healthy All Year Long, Here's How
What’s harder than committing to a New Year’s resolution? Committing to one that involves eating healthy and doing so long-term. Every year, roughly 40 percent of Americans take the time to assess their progress throughout the year and make a declarative statement of their intentions for the year to come. The choice to eat healthier is probably one of the most popular resolutions people seek to accomplish during the new year.
According to statistics, eighty percent of those who set resolutions will fail within 30 days. And about only eight percent of resolution makers follow through. Making a resolution, especially one like eating healthier can result in constant feelings of frustration and plenty of “cheat” days. Fewer carbs, more salads sounded like a good thing until you passed the local Chipotle. We get it!
Many people start the New Year off with the best intentions, but without a strategic plan, the enthusiasm to achieve said goal(s) fades and you may find yourself continuing the year no longer working toward the goals you’ve set. The best way to be successful when choosing to live a healthier lifestyle and eating better is to create an action plan so, we’ve compiled a list of steps to take we hope will help you stick to those 2020 resolutions.
Practice Mindfully Eating
Eating has always been a part of our daily routine and forever will be. Over time, when we’re forced to rely on ourselves, the eating habits we pick up aren’t always what’s best for us. Practicing eating more mindfully is a sure way to saying committed to healthy eating plans. There may be a tendency to emotionally consume junk or to overeat when experiencing certain moods.
We rarely realize we’re eating for the sake of emotional comfort, to reduce our stress or to mask another emotion we wish to suppress. Approaching our eating habits more mindfully helps to eliminate these sorts of things from our day-to-day eating routines. Take in every meal with purposeful meaning. Here are a few tips for eating more mindfully:
- 1. Eat on a set schedule daily.
- 2. Be cautious of the types of food you’re consuming and the ingredients in them.
- 3. Listen to your body when it’s telling you’re full and shouldn’t overeat.
- 4. Eating only when you have the appetite, avoid eating gluttonously.
- 5. Avoid eating random snacks/junk food throughout the day because they’re present.
- 6. Following your meal plans when you’re eating in public places.
Get An Accountability Buddy
When we have at least one person around to support us in tackling our goals, our likely chances of success become greater. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and even constant reminders that eating healthier is your priority will really help to keep you on track. Your accountability partner can be your spouse, child(ren) siblings or even better, a coworker or classmate. The key to choosing an accountability partner is choosing someone who is always honest and reliable. It’s also important to seek support and accountable partnership from someone who is motivating and positive. The lack of support from the person we’ve put our trust in can result in a lack of success in your goals or simply being held back.
Document Your Goals Plan Ahead
Sometimes, the simple task of writing things down can help to keep you on track and fully committed. Keeping a food journal is a great tool for accountability by taking note of what you’re eating throughout the day and how your daily meals make you feel following consumption. Planning your meals in advance is another great way to stay on track. Meal prep or even listing out your daily/weekly meals can be a huge assist with keeping things on track. Create a shopping list of what you need before you head to the store. Sticking to a list or even having your groceries delivered helps you avoid impulsive buying and ensures you have what you need to prep your healthy meals.