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Learn how to Make and Achieve New Year’s Resolutions from our RD Expert

It’s that time of year again! A new year means a new you – and by now, that “new you” probably has more than a few New Year’s resolutions to keep track of. In fact, according to a recent survey, 90% of adults said improving their physical, mental and emotional health was on their list of resolutions for 2019. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but by the time February rolls around, some 80% of people will abandon those goals. So, how can you stick with and achieve your New Year’s resolution, including those that are weight-loss and wellness-related?

The most critical first step is shifting the way you think about resolutions. When you have an all-or-nothing approach to a resolution – for example, “I can only eat this,” or “I can never eat that,” or “I need to go to the gym every day” – the resolution becomes unrealistic to attain. How you eat on a Monday is not how you eat on a Saturday or maybe you just don’t feel like working out at the gym today. Life happens and it’s important to not “beat yourself up” about setbacks. Be flexible with yourself, rather than critical. Resolutions should always be kept positive and not surrounded by punishment.

Establishing healthy habits that are sustainable for your life and are flexible and livable, are also key components for achieving a resolution. It’s not a choice between a healthier lifestyle or enjoying a dinner out, it’s about both. Some people who take on strict challenges or diets, like removing carbohydrates from their diet completely, only eating cabbage soup or following paleo, may actually give up around February. These approaches are simply not livable for the long-term. These people may then realize they need more realistic goals that fit into their lives.

To build on the above, the American Psychological Association offers these tips when thinking about making and keeping a News Year’s resolution, including:

  • Start Small
    • Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.
  • Change One Behavior at a Time
    • Replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you must reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
  • Talk About It
    • Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym.

Below are some recipes to start small and simplify meal planning and preparation, made with Libby’s® Fruit & Vegetables. Cooking at home and having recipes like this available can be one nudge toward a positive change in behavior that you can do for a long time.

 

sweet-corn-salsa

Sweet Corn Salsa made with Libby’s® Whole Kernel Sweet Corn

This salsa can be served warm or cold, over salmon, on salads, or eaten alone with corn chips!

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Peach Gorgonzola Flatbread with Uncured Bacon and Arugula made with Libby’s® Peach Slices (In Heavy Syrup)

Adding greens to a familiar food you enjoy is just another way to create long-term, sustainable eating habits.

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Pear Crumble Muffins made with Libby’s® Pear Halves (In Heavy Syrup)

If you do decide to join a support group to help you reach your goals, bring these muffins along, too.

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