When thinking about a happier, healthier New Year, many people set large nutrition goals in January—no sugar, no gluten, Whole 30, Keto, vegan, and no alcohol! By mid- to end of January, people find it hard to fit the list of food restrictions into real life. Instead of a radical food change in January, how about establishing smaller eating choices each Monday?
Gleaned repeatedly from research is that, to be successful, it is really about the person rather than a “program” or “plan.” Identify eating choices that support individual goals, seem manageable and doable, and result in many opportunities to celebrate success is what works. If setbacks arise, accept them, consider them a learning opportunity, and turn attention away from what was not done to the things that have been done.
Striving to eat more nutrient dense foods is a life-long endeavor, it is all about progress, not perfection. By focusing on Mondays, there are 52 opportunities in 2020 to eat more nutrient dense food!
If you are interested in reading more on adopting, and sticking to, new habits, here is a helpful article.
Happy and healthful eating,
Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN
Photo Credit: Steve Ausmas, USDA