It’s still early January and you have already broken your promise to give up sweets and empty carbs – UGH. Should you ditch your resolution? NEVER! Just because you caved in last night and ate a slice of cake doesn’t mean your desire to lose 10 pounds is a pipe dream. Practicing healthy habits is a moment-by-moment opportunity that builds momentum the more you try. It’s possible to reach your goals in small increments, even when one backward step follows two forward ones.
It’s important to pursue accomplishments that are realistic for you and maintainable in the long run. Below are helpful pointers to follow all year long:
• Take a long view of health & wellness. Forget short term/yo-yo and fad dieting. “Dieting” implies a short-term approach while making smart choices works for a lifetime.
• Make progress; let go of perfection. If you are easily discouraged when your goals aren’t met exactly as you envisioned, you may lose the motivation to keep trying. Motivation helps drive success and small accomplishments help keep us motivated. Stop the ‘all or nothing’ mentality that derails your determination! If you gave into temptation and ate a donut at work, be sure to eat a healthy dinner at home. When you expect to achieve PROGRESS instead of perfection, you set yourself up for MORE success in the short and long run.
• Enjoy eating. The diet that forbids your favorite foods or severely limits calories or eliminates entire food groups may result in weight loss but is that diet enjoyable? Is it a realistic way to live and maintain results? Find healthy recipes that are delicious and satisfying. Practice portion control. Learn how to establish a good balance of protein, fat and carbs. Savor each bite!
• Plan to succeed. Planning and scheduling tend to keep us organized and remind us to complete a specific task. Planning also makes the task a priority, that’s why it’s smart to plan your meals and snacks. Keep pre-portioned snack options and schedule time during the weekend to prepare meals for the week.
• Look beyond food. Other lifestyle factors can influence what and when we eat. Stress and how we cope with it, work-life balance, movement and exercise, support systems, self-care, love, and fulfillment all play a part in our relationship with food. What can you change in your environment and your mindset that will better support your resolutions?
Rachel Hudes, MS, RD, LDN
Your Fuel Registered Dietitian
To ask Rachel about Your Fuel Nutrition Counseling by HealthEase, call: 215.264.2574