Anyone old enough to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve will probably make a resolution to drop a few pounds in the coming year. It's one of the top resolutions made in the first minute of the first day of every new year. If it's on your list, I have a few eating tips that can help you reach your health and weight loss goals in 2013.
The key is forming good eating habits. A habit is a habit whether good or bad, so swapping out the bad ones for better ones means the preferred behavior will happen automatically.
The biggest challenge is interrupting the status quo. It's like switching off the cruise control when driving on a highway. Once we do, we've got to think about maintaining the speed limit again. The same is true when making food decisions. It's not that we dislike every brand of high fiber cereal on the shelf; we just keep selecting the same low fiber one over and over because that's what we've always done.
But that does not mean you should skip the resolutions when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. If you're really willing to leave the old year behind, let this be the year you ring in good health and weight loss for the very last time with resolutions that stick.
Top 10 Eating Tips For 2013
- Pick a start date that works for you. There's nothing magical about January 1st, or the 52 Mondays in the year, or your birthday. There's also no reason to wait a minute longer if you're ready to begin right now.
- Be brutally honest with yourself about what has blocked your success in the past. Do you feel entitled to eat certain foods? Procrastinate about meal planning? Blame others for your food choices? It's time to deal with those disabling thoughts and beliefs.
- Make educating yourself about good nutrition part of your commitment. It is much easier to eat well when you understand why it matters.
- Talk about the changes you're making with others so they can be supportive of your efforts and will understand why you aren't eating the way you used to.
- Don't try to make anyone else change along with you, just be an example for them. You can only change yourself.
- Plan each meal and snack around a fruit or vegetable – or both – instead of thinking about the meat or starch first.
- If you eat out more than once a month, it's not a special occasion. Those meals should be as well-planned and carefully selected as the meals you eat at home.
- Don't worry about disappointing others if you don't eat as much as you used to or celebrate with food the way you once did. Worry about disappointing yourself.
- Small changes are all it takes to overhaul your life as long as you make enough of them and you stick with each one.
- Make sure you never view any food as a reward, no matter how tempting or delicious. If you're thinking, "I deserve to eat this," don't eat it unless you can say, "I choose to eat this."
How many of your 2012 resolutions did you keep?