JD, MPH, RD, LDN, CNSCFollow this author
This time of year so many of us can fall for the “diet trap” – resolving to make extreme and abrupt changes to our diet or exercise routines. But, improving our eating habits and increasing our physical activity doesn’t have to be tied to an arbitrary day such as January 1st or “any Monday”.
In fact, as a RD I’ve learned from my clients the realistic and effective approach is to embrace an over all healthy lifestyle. This means being conscious about our choices and adopting changes slowly over time so that they’re doable, they’re realistic, and, most importantly, they’re on your terms.
So, how do you start? Here are some things to keep in mind and ways to start making small changes now that will make a big difference in 2015 and beyond.
As the year ends, make a resolution to drop the extreme diet mentality. Instead, tune into your eating habits and needs. Make simple changes and be easy on yourself. Realize not every day or every meal will be perfect, if you veer off course aim to reset at your next meal. Focus on overall diet over several days. It’s fine to make a second trip to the dessert bar at your niece’s quinceañera, just don’t make it a daily habit. Don’t wait for January 1st, start today.