Every year we start hearing our friends, family, and clients begin talking about setting New Year’s Resolutions for health and wellness goals. These resolutions can really range, depending on each person’s personal goals. While we love goal-setting, and the sense of inspiration the New Year can bring, we often see diet-related resolutions taking on a punishing tone. In the spirit of a happy, healthy 2017, here are our favorite ways to ensure you meet your resolutions and feel really great throughout the entire process.
- Take a realistic gauge of where you are now. You’re setting your resolutions for you, and no one else. So, take a deep look at what you’re currently doing, in terms of healthy eating. This is the baseline from which you’ll set a New Years resolution. Our reasoning? If you set a resolution based on the healthy eating ideal you see from your favorite Instagrammer, it might not be applicable or realistic for your life. This can create undo struggle. If you set your goals based on your current reality, you’re more likely to meet them!
- Integrate a step approach. You want to cook a healthy dinner at home 6 nights a week? Start with a resolution to cook dinner one more day than you currently are and then have a plan to add on a day when the current routine feels, well, like a routine! If you start with 6 nights a week, that can feel overwhelming because you haven’t had a change to practice and build up the tools necessary to support that level. But if you slowly add one day at a time, it gives you a chance to really integrate it into your life.
- Avoid comparing yourself and your goals to others. Your resolution is about you. It’s about making yourself healthier, more energetic, etc. Because other people don’t live your day-to-day, avoid comparing your goals to theirs.
- Set reminders in your calendar. Put weekly notes in your calendar for 2017 to remind you to keep striving for your resolutions. You’ll forget you put these in a few weeks into the year, but every time they pop up in your calendar you’ll thank yourself as you’re inspired to keep pushing.
- Remind yourself that high stress does not equal increased success. It can be tempting to believe that if you don’t feel stressed about something, you’re not working hard enough for it. This isn’t true. In fact, when it comes to healthy eating goals, the opposite is true. The less stressed you feel about your goals, the more likely you are to meet and maintain them! If the thought of your resolution has you feeling stressed, take a step back and look at the big picture of how it fits into your life. Make adjustments as needed. Maybe that goal is a few steps away from the one you should start with.
- Be flexible. Yes, having a salad at lunch can be a great way to add veggies to your day. However, if you tell yourself that salad is your ONLY lunch option, it doesn’t leave you much room to make a healthy choice for times salad isn’t available. Instead, consider the possibility of a resolution that encompasses a healthy habit (eating more veggies) but leaves room for maneuvering in real-life situations. For example, having 1 1/2 cups of veggies with each lunch, whether they’re in salad form or cooked.
Are you setting diet-related resolutions this year? Share with us in the comments!