healthtips

The New Year can be a great time for a fresh start, but many people attempt a complete overhaul of their diet in January, which fizzles out within a few weeks because well, it's just too much change all at once. In reality, changing your diet is a lot like learning to speak a new language, or learning to play a musical instrument – it takes practice and patience, and you may need to take it one step at a time to prevent burnout.

So, this year, instead of a drastic approach that isn’t sustainable, try a “step ladder” tactic. Focus on just one concrete goal at a time. Once one change feels like a normal part of your routine, set another goal, then another. Yes, you’ll be making slower progress, but you won’t feel overwhelmed. And the changes you make will be much more likely to “stick.” Plus, you can celebrate your smaller successes along the way, which will snowball into big results as you progress throughout the year.

4 Realistic Goals

Realistic Resolution #1

Eat a healthy breakfast every day of the week, like a smoothie, oatmeal topped with nuts and fruit, or an omelet made with organic eggs, veggies, and avocado.

Realistic Resolution #2

Make fruit the base of your daily snack. Enjoy a sliced apple or pear with almond butter for dipping, or fold fruit and nuts or seeds in organic yogurt.

Realistic Resolution #3

Make veggies the base of your lunch meals. Order a salad rather than a burrito, or choose a hearty veggie-based soup.

Realistic Resolution #4

Make fruit the base of your daily snack. Enjoy a slicedTrade soda or other sweetened drinks for H20. Aim for 16 ounces of water four times a day. apple or pear with almond butter for dipping, or fold fruit and nuts or seeds in organic yogurt.