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Make your New Year's resolution stick

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/ by Shorus Minella, RD, LD

It is the New Year, and resolutions to eat healthy and lose weight are at the top of the list. Though they start with good intentions, 80 percent of resolutions do not make it past mid-February. Many of these resolutions fail because people attempt to make major life changes that were unsuccessful in the past.

Instead, to make your health resolutions stick for 2020 and beyond, have realistic expectations and goals. Don’t try to overhaul your whole diet at once. Start with one or two small changes.

Here are four small changes to jump-start your healthy-eating goals:

  1. Pack your lunch. Work on planning your lunch meals during the week. If packing your lunch every day seems too stressful, start with two or three days per week and work your way up to more.
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Start by incorporating just one more fruit or vegetable into your diet per day. Once this becomes a habit you can start increasing to two.
  3. Find healthier alternatives when you eat out. Download fast-food restaurant apps on your phone and make a habit of glancing at the menu before you go out to eat. This will help you prepare and make better choices.
  4. Drink more water. Purchase a refillable water bottle that is easy to take on the go with you. You can refill it at water fountains. This will help you stay hydrated and prevent you from buying sugary beverages while you’re away from home.

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