New Year's 2015: Resolve to eat smart and be well for 100 days

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By: Maria Haisley, RDN
Health and Wellness Advisor for Martin's Super Market's in partnership with Beacon Health System

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Have a New Year’s resolution for 2015 yet? Join me in a pledge to eat smart and be well for 100 days.

Taking this pledge does not mean giving up all of your favorite foods, but instead taking small steps towards meeting your health and wellness goals.

Use the next 100 days to meet whatever health goals you have. Maybe you want to work on adding more variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet, cut back on sweets or drink more water. Whatever your chosen goals are, embrace them! This will lead to positive lifestyle changes that are long lasting.

Use the suggestions below to get started on goals for your personal Eat Smart Be Well 100 day challenge, or make up your own list.

Start by focusing on one goal, then add one new goal each week or each month — whichever works best for you. You can even go all in at once if you like.

Write down your plan and remember to commit to it, own it and embrace it.

  • Eat meals at the table and as a family
  • Make half your plate fruits and veggies at each meal
  • Choose foods with five ingredients or fewer
  • Live an active lifestyle; embrace movement
  • Cook together as a family or with friends
  • Try one new recipe a week
  • Eat more meals at home using fresh ingredients you love
  • Make water your beverage of choice; try infused water
  • Swap out desserts for fruit
  • Choose more whole, unprocessed foods
  • Embrace cooking and discover your inner chef
  • Pay attention to how you feel when eating to help monitor portion sizes
  • Try one new fruit or vegetable each week

“A goal without a plan is just a dream.” – Elbert Hubbard

When we decide to make a lifestyle change (or a resolution), it is important to first take time to plan and prepare for that change. When we make quick decisions and changes to our daily routine (for example, this is what many fad diets do) we jump right in and automatically follow the “rules” without preparing a way for this change to fit into our lifestyle long-term.

I encourage you to take some time preparing for how you plan to meet your goals — it will make a world of difference.

Also, continually check in with yourself to make sure you don’t veer too far off your path. The quicker you catch the problem, the easier it is to jump back on track.

Let’s do this together!

Be Well,
Maria

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