The top ranking New Year’s resolution for 2014 is yet again to eat better (AKA: get healthy, lose weight… you get the idea), same story – different year, over and over again. Studies show that only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions are successful in achieving them. Why is that and how can you succeed in the goal to eat better this year?
Eating well is a huge challenge and one that you face every day, 3-5 times a day actually. So how can you make our resolution to eat better stick in 2014? ADD foods to your diet instead of SUBTRACTING them. I realize that this sounds counter-intuitive, but take another 5 minutes to finish reading this blog to understand my perspective.
When someone tells me I have to give up my favorite snacks in order to get healthy, the first thing I want to do is eat a bucket of Nacho Party Mix (yes the entire bucket!). I’m not sure if that’s due to my rebellious inner child or because of the universal human nature to want what we are told we can’t have. Whatever the reason, I’ve seen this attitude across the board which is why I’ve cut the word “can’t” from my approach to nutrition.
Imagine this: instead of saying “I can’t have any more “junk” food” say to yourself “I’m going to incorporate nutritious foods like nuts and seeds into my diet”. Sounds easier already, right? So now the question is: HOW?
Well the first thing I did (after cutting out “can’t” from my diet vocabulary) was reorganize my pantry so that healthy snacks were on my eye level shelf my “junk” food was two shelves up. What this achieved is that when I am boredly looking through my pantry for something to eat I grab a bag of dried fruit or my fave, Brazil Nuts, to munch on instead of chocolate covered toffee. Next was throwing a bag of almonds in my purse, that way when I’m running around and too busy to eat well, I grab a handful of almonds instead of a candy bar. This little trick has not only helped me achieve my goal to incorporate these foods into my daily diet, they’ve actually become foods that I crave. How cool is that?
Now, I’m not a health nut who hates non nutritious foods, in fact I loooooove “junk” food, which is why I’ve never put a limit on what I can’t eat and often indulge in my faves like M&Ms and sour apple fruit rolls. But when I do indulge it’s conscious, not out of boredom or habit.
Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you!