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Making Healthy Resolutions

The new year signifies a fresh start for many individuals. For some, this means setting new goals, such as implementing a healthier diet. Although created with a vision in mind, often, resolutions can be restrictive and unsustainable in the long term.


6 Tips on How to Create Lasting Goals:


1 Understand your "why" What is the purpose behind your goal? Is it to achieve mental clarity, have more energy, lower risk for health problems, improve your physical well-being, or something else? Although there is no right or wrong answer, it is important to ensure that you are setting the goal for you. Our intentions are often be shaped around our environment. Our family, friends, social media, and ideals can be powerful influences on the expectations we set for ourselves. Ultimately do things for you!

2 Come from self-love The body is truly fascinating! It performs so many complex functions to maintain our well-being, from the cardiovascular system that keeps the heart beating to the immune system which provides protection again an array of diseases and pathogens. A healthy plan comes from a place of respect for your body, and looks to maintain its proper function.

3 Make it sustainable There are no shortcuts to long-term health. Although there are lots of diets, supplements, products, etc., on the market, only a nutritious diet and exercise provide lasting results. Consider whether your current goal is able to withstand the test of time. Do you see yourself keeping it up a year from now?


4 Accept Change “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.” – Mark Twain Change is not easy. It takes time, dedication, and consistency to create new habits. Having the right purpose is essential.

5 Write it down A study by psychologist Gail Matthews showed that people who wrote down their goals were 33% more successful in achieving them compared to individuals who kept goals in their head1.

6 Make SMART goals Consider making a SMART goal to help focus your efforts: Specific: Is your goal specific and narrow enough for effective planning? Measurable: How will you track progress? Attainable: Is your goal reasonable to accomplish? Realistic: Does your goal align with your objectives? Time: When will you achieve your goal?


Nutrition Goal Examples:

  1. will drink 50ml more water at least every other day.

  2. I will incorporate greens into my dinner starting tomorrow on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

  3. I will replace artificial sugar snacks with a bowl of strawberries at least 2 days a week starting tomorrow.


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This article was written by the Healthy Cooking Club.

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