Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Debbie Fetter
Founder & Owner of: PhDEats
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor and Health & Fitness Writer
The holiday whirlwind has officially ended with the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and the reality of New Year’s resolutions is starting to set in. Social media is filled with all types of resolutions, especially when it comes to health. Many resolutions are arbitrary statements, like “I will eat healthier” or “I will exercise more” with no clear, measurable goal. Or, a resolution may be adopting an eating pattern that’s too restrictive, like “I’m cutting out sugar.” None of these are the true recipe for health.
Here are 5 steps to create better health resolutions this year:
1. Identify Your Goal: Do you want to cultivate a better eating pattern? Help the environment through dietary choices? Reach and maintain a healthy weight? Test your physical fitness? Doing some internal soul searching before creating your resolution will help pinpoint exactly what type of end goal you’re aiming towards.
2. Be Specific: Once you know your goal or type of goal you want to reach, you can start adding in the details. For example, let’s say you want to eat better. First, take a look at your current eating habits and identify areas for improvement. Do you rarely eat vegetables? Often overeat? Then, brainstorm discrete ways to spruce up your diet (i.e. eat more vegetables, measure out portions, etc.).
3. Prioritize: After you have your list of ways to reach your goal, it’s time to prioritize the steps. Write a number next to each statement in order of importance. Put a star by your top 3 (i.e. 1. eat more vegetables, 2. measure out portions).
4. Strategize: Now that you have your 3 most important steps to take towards achieving your goal, let’s map out the ways you can do these steps. For instance, if you started to “eat more vegetables,” write down the ways you can do this (i.e. make vegetable omelets for breakfast, serve a vegetable side dish with dinner, try a new vegetable each month, look up veggie-packed recipes, etc.).
5. Visualize Success: What would achieving your goal look like? On the same “eat more vegetables” note, success can be measured by the degree of improvement. For instance, if you started out only eating 1 serving of vegetables a day, your goal could be eating 3 servings a day.
Article Credits: Debbie Fetter
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor