Can you believe it is already 2018? It may take me weeks to stop writing 2017 on paper, but as I am Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I thrive on the New Year coming, for I love having the chance to help others achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. We all start them, but do we ever really finish them? If we do fall off the wagon to becoming a pant size smaller, cleaning that closet that has been irking us, or finally getting around to that unfinished basement, WHY do we fail to achieve our goals?
Yes, I do have the answer. It’s not a magical answer, but it is one that rings true: Your goals are probably either 1. unrealistic or 2. lack accountability.
“Want to stick to your New Year’s resolutions – and help your kids to stick to theirs? You’re the greatest role model for your child, so make 2018 the year to not only make healthy choices, but also model a healthy lifestyle and eating habits for your family.”
Here are a few tips to making this a year of REALISTIC goal setting…but before I do reveal these tips taken from http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/lifestyle/seasonal/make-resolutions-stick-focus-on-family, did you know that come the new year, most benefits allow more visits?! If you haven’t been in touch, now is the time to reach out! Let me help you recover from the holiday festivities and one too many cookies. Make an appointment before all spots are taken!
In the meanwhile, here are some tips to making this your best (and healthiest) year yet!
- Serve regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of nutrient-rich foods.
- BREAKFAST. It truly is the most important meal of the day!
- Focus on health, not weight. Don’t talk about your weight or put yourself down in front of your kids. You don’t want them to think a healthy lifestyle is only about how much they weigh.
- Enjoy family dinner together each night or as often as possible.
- At each meal, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
- Make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains.
- Get active. Fit in physical activity where you can in your day, whether taking a family walk after dinner or hitting the gym. Remember, children and teens should get 60 or more minutes of physical activity per day, and adults should get two and a half hours per week.
- Make simple food safety, like washing hands, part of every eating occasion.
- Stay positive and try not to complain about how much you dislike exercising or eating healthy foods; your child is listening to everything you say, even if you think they’re ignoring you.
- Seek help from a qualified health professional. A registered dietitian nutritionist is your best source of reliable and up-to-date food and nutrition information.
Let’s hit your resolution with full force this year. You’re not alone! Shoot me an email or a phone call and let’s get you on the schedule. If you are too busy to come into the clinic, you may be eligible for phone consults! Let nothing stand in the way this year!
Your Caring Registered Dietitian at Caruso PTRD
Michele Wroblewski, RDN, AFAA Group Ex
Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition
1278 Yardville Allentown Rd
Allentown, NJ 08501