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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you are still keeping up with your resolutions, you have made it through a month. Congratulations! You are almost half way to forming a habit.

If you resolved to lose weight or get healthy this year, here are some tips to make the remaining month a little easier.  If you haven’t made a resolution yet, it isn’t too late (it’s still January):

1) Take a Nutritional Inventory: write down your goals and strategies and review them regularly.  Consider making yourself a contract and signing it. Below are some tips for getting started.

       -Make sure you know what your goals are.  Write them down.
       -Ask yourself what you are currently doing to achieve those goals. If it is working, keep it up;  if it isn’t working, try something else.
       -Think about the setbacks you have experienced in the past. Think about what you can do to combat them.
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2) Be honest with yourself: you can only make changes if you know what needs to be changed.

       -Keep a food log to find out what you are really eating and when.

        Small bites and snacks here and there can add up.

3) Start small: If you jump in and try to change everything in a short time period, you might get discouraged.  Make small changes you know you can make, and add more as you go. Here are some examples:

       -Get rid of all of the foods you don’t really want to eat. If they are not easily accessible, you won’t be as tempted.

       -Cook dinner at least once per week, and make enough for leftovers.

4) Include all food groups: Remember you are making a lifestyle change, and balancing your food groups is the first step.

      -Complex carbohydrates: whole grains, beans, oats, and cereals will provide you with energy, fiber, B vitamins and minerals.
      -Lean protein: fish, poultry, tofu, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and eggs are essential for muscle repair and building, AND they increase satiety so you will feel full longer.
      -Good fats: olives, olive oil, avocado, fatty fish (salmon, haddock, trout, and sardines), and nuts transport fat soluble vitamins and add flavor and mouth feel to foods.

5) Revise your plan: Re-read this list often and remind yourself of the positive steps you are taking and re-adjust the things that aren’t. Don’t let yourself get discouraged, you can do it!

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About the Author:

Lauren Antonucci, MS, RD, CSSD, CDE,CDN is the owner/director of Nutrition Energy and combines her experience as a Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Sports Dietitian and athlete to lead the Nutrition Energy team. She provides comprehensive nutrition therapy and personalized nutrition planning for individuals. She also travels around New York and the country, leading nutrition clinics and lectures for a variety of small and large groups.
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