1.This New Year’s, don’t bite off more than you can chew — literally! Most resolutions fail because they involve too many big changes at once. Take it one step, or bite, at a time. Make one manageable change, keep it up for a month or so until it’s become a habit, then start working on your next positive change the following month. You will have instilled at least a dozen new habits and be a whole new you by this time next year!
2.Eat a minimum of 5 servings of fruit & veggies a day. This may seem like a small commitment, but for most of us it’s a huge change, and I believe it’s the single most effective healthy habit. Log your intake for a few days to determine your starting point, and then focus on increasing it by 1-2 servings a day. Easiest way to get to 5? If you eat 3 meals and two snacks a day, make it a rule that you never eat unless there is a fruit or veggie serving included. That’s 5 servings a day right there!
3.Don’t forget your dark leafy greens! This notoriously neglected veggie group is so good for you, just including it in your diet once a day is hugely beneﬁcial. Spinach in a smoothie or omelet, kale or collards in a soup, or swiss chard in a stir fry – greens are easy to include if you just make a conscious effort. For loads of great recipes, many of which include dark leafy greens, visit my recipe blog
4.Avoid reﬁned carbs, and don’t eat complex carbs alone! Reﬁned carbs, found in “white” foods like white breads, cakes, cookies, crackers and pastas are like giving yourself a shot in the arm of sugar, because of their high sugar/low ﬁbre (and often nutrient) content. Make whole grains and veggies your carbs of choice and pair them with some protein and a little healthy fat to moderate the release of sugar into your blood and give your snacks and meals some staying power!
5.Move your body! Remember, everything counts, including walking, dancing, toboganning, or taking the stairs. It doesn’t have to be a 10k run for you to reap the beneﬁts. Get your daily move on for 30 minutes and you will help manage your weight & stress levels, support heart health and reduce your risk of developing many chronic diseases!
Have a Happy & Healthy New Year!
Wendy McCallum, LLB, RHN, is passionate about providing busy parents with the tools & support they need to feed their families wholesome food, so everyone can play, learn, and feel better! She is a mother of two terrific HRM kids, aged 8 & 9. For information and recipe ideas, visit her website.