Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:00

New Year's Resolutions

A new year has begun and it is again time for making (and, [sigh] breaking) those new year’s resolutions.

Statistics tell us that almost 50% of American adults make a resolution at the beginning of each year. Some type of health change is the most common with resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and to stop smoking topping the list.

Statistics also show that over 25% of those making resolutions break them within the first two weeks. And less than 50% of those who make resolutions have kept them after 6 months!

In spite of that poor showing, researchers agree that making resolutions is good. And they have tips for keeping up with those resolutions: make realistic goals and have a plan to achieve them, reward yourself for good behavior and don’t beat yourself up if you have a setback, be aware of your weaknesses so that you can minimize their impact (let’s face it, there is no way to totally avoid them!), and believe that you can achieve what you want to.

That is good advice that applies to anyone simply wanting to improve their daily nutrition which is a great new year’s resolution. Have a plan, reward yourself when you succeed (daily!), don’t feel guilty when you backslide (possibly, daily, but hopefully less frequently than that!), know your weaknesses, and be positive!

And guess what? … it won’t take a year for you to see results if you make small and steady improvements in your daily nutrition. It will only take days or weeks. Then you’ll be motivated to keep it up all year!