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With each New Year many of us take the time to create a list of goals we’d like to accomplish in the months to come. While trying to make large changes, it’s important to set goals that are realistic. Setting goals too high can not only be discouraging, but also may lead to failure. So, how can you set goals that you can really achieve?
Look at the big picture. Take some time to think your current habits and how they shape your life. If you want to focus on losing weight in the New Year, ask yourself how you got to where you are today. Maybe it’s fast food meals three times a week because you’re too tired to cook. Maybe it’s the three or four sodas you have a day to keep your energy up. If you want to focus on losing weight in the New Year, think about what that looks like on a daily basis. Turn the big overall goal into little chunks. One way of doing this is to set a small goal for each month. Take a look at our tips to improve your health all year long.
JANUARY—Only eat out once a week. Work on making enough for multiple meals when you do cook. On busier, you will already have a healthy option prepared.
FEBRUARY—Eat less processed food. This includes pre-packaged foods. Try to do most of your shopping on the outside of the grocery store where you will find the produce and meat.
MARCH—Fill half your plate with vegetables. This could be a salad or another vegetable like green beans. Just be careful with your salad dressing and any toppings you may add.
APRIL—Exercise. Start slowly and gradually increase how much you do. Try walking or increasing your activity by 30 minutes a day. Those 30 minutes can be split up in two 15-minute sessions if that makes it easier to find time to exercise.
MAY—Eat foods high in fiber, vitamins and minerals such as lentils, beans, artichokes, or avocados.
JUNE—Choose “low-salt” or “no salt added” food items, especially when you’re looking at canned vegetables and soups.
JULY—Choose fruits and vegetables over cake or candy. Carrot sticks, raw broccoli or cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, apples and pears are healthy, quick and easy snack choices.
AUGUST—Eat less saturated and trans-fat while eating more fiber. This means cutting down on fried foods.
SEPTEMBER—Choose low-fat or non-fat dairy options.
OCTOBER—If you choose to buy Halloween candy to pass out, pick something you wouldn’t eat if there are leftovers. This will make it less tempting to snack on unhealthy things.
NOVEMBER—Fix your favorite holiday recipes with lower-fat and lower-calorie ingredients.
DECEMBER—Choose mostly vegetables and proteins. Focusing on these items will leave you fuller for longer and provide more nutrition than a lot of carbohydrate based options.
Making big changes can be difficult and might seem overwhelming but setting smaller goals can help you achieve long term success. It’s never too late to take charge of your health and begin making healthier choices, no matter the month.
If you would like assistance with eating healthier, please call 816.474.4920 to schedule an appointment for some one-on-one guidance.
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