If eating healthier is one of your top new year priorities, that’s great. But “I’m going to eat healthier this year” is one of those well-intentioned, but too-hard-to-define goals that isn’t nearly as easy done as said. So if the big idea is healthier eating, you’ll have better success if you break it down into bite-sized mini-goals like these healthy eating tips we’ve gathered just for you from some renowned dieticians.
The one-little-thing-at-a-time approach can be used for any number of new year’s resolutions—or anytime resolutions—you make. The truth is, when you set one big giant goal, it can be hard to know where to start and easy to lose your momentum. But if you set smaller goals to reach along the way, you’re making progress and meeting mini-milestones as you go. And we all know little feels quite as good as checking something off your to-do list.
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2. Reduce your sugar intake, little by little.
“Cutting back on sugar is a gradual process and doesn’t happen overnight, but once you start to cut back on it, you’ll realize you don’t need as much of it as you once thought. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. One easy thing I like to do to cut is use Truvia Nectar, because it has 50 percent fewer calories than sugar. I put it in my Greek yogurt, tea, or anything else I usually put honey, sugar, or agave in.”
— Chelsea Elkin, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
3. Save booze for the weekend.
“Not only does alcohol intake add empty calories to the diet, but it can lead to poor diet and fitness decisions the following day. My rule of thumb: Skip out on the alcohol during the week and save that special glass of wine for weekend activities.”
— Nora Minno, R.D., C.P.T., an NYC-based registered dietitian and personal trainer
4. Eat two pieces of fruit a day.
“Even though I know as a nutrition expert how healthy fruit is, I don’t eat enough of it in the winter months. (That’s a hard confession to make!) This year I am going to really attempt to eat two pieces of fruit per day. With oranges, clementines, pears, and apples galore it shouldn’t be so hard, and I can always get my fill of berries as long as I am willing to pay more for them. I will include one piece with my lunch and one piece as part of my daily afternoon snack.”
— Keri Gans, M.S. R.D., author of The Small Change Diet
5. Stock your pantry with fewer sweets (which is not the same as cutting out sweets for good, by the way).
“Resolving to never eat a sweet again takes a lot of effort and can create a feeling of deprivation. A more realistic resolution would be to create an environment in which you can consume fewer sweets without having to rely solely on your willpower. Research shows that when sweets are within arm’s reach or even within our sight, we are much more likely to consume them than if we have to go out to the store to buy them.”
— Patricia Bannan, M.S., R.D.N., author of Eat Right When The Time Is Right
Thanks to self.com for some inspiring blog content!