Make 2018 a better food year for year, others with these tips

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Eat Right this Year

Each January, millions of Americans make resolutions to eat healthier and lose weight, but many lose steam along the way.

If you have trouble keeping your resolutions or meeting your goals, make this the year you create a solid plan that sets you up for success.

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Start by assessing your food choices and lifestyle

Keep track of what you eat and drink and how much physical activity you get so you can identify behaviors you would like to change.

One large goal can seem overwhelming

Break big goals into smaller, more specific goals and include a list of realistic changes in your daily routine to achieve these specific goals.

For instance, divide big and vague goals like “I will eat better” into smaller, more specific goals like “I will eat one more piece of fruit per day.” Remember, while your goals should be challenging, they should also be reachable.

Make sure the goals you set are measurable

The goals must provide answers to “How much?” or “How many?” so you can easily review and track your progress.

Evaluate your progress every week or two, and update your plan based upon your current progress or circumstances. Make sure you are giving yourself enough time to achieve each smaller goal so you are not discouraged if you haven’t met them.

Seek help from a qualified health professional

As extension educators, we recommend that you contact a registered dietitian nutritionist.

A registered dietitian nutritionist is one of your best sources of reliable and up-to-date food and nutrition information. They will prescribe a diet plan for you. An RDN can also help you determine measurable and achievable goals, as well as a plan to help you achieve them and support along the way.  For more information on how to stick to a healthy weight-loss plan this year, check with your health care provider who can recommend a RDN (Registered Dietician Nutritionist).  Wishing you Good Luck in reaching your goal of eating right this year.  Source: Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN