20 mini-resolutions till the New Year
Don’t wait until January 1st to make your New Year’s resolution, start today- December 12th! Why December 12th? Why not?! Let’s stop making false promises to eat better, lose weight and get in shape on the first day of the New Year. Instead, set out to make daily resolutions for a healthier you…starting today! Here are 20 days to get you started.
12/12: Read food labels for trans fats. Eliminate foods with the words “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils” in the ingredients list.
12/13: Shelve the salt shaker. Use unsalted spices and herbs to flavor your foods.
12/14: Eat a serving of vegetables with your dinner. Remember, the more colorful the better!
12/15: Eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast (or as a nighttime snack).
12/16: For a healthy dose of omega 3’s, eat a tuna fish sandwich or order salmon at your favorite restaurant. Don’t like fish? Try a handful of walnuts, soybeans or sprinkle ground flaxseed on your yogurt.
12/17: For a snack, grab a cluster of grapes instead of a handful of M&M’s.
12/18: Fill a 3-cup food container with raw vegetables and snack on them when you get hungry. Baby carrots, sliced cucumbers, red pepper strips and cherry tomatoes all work great. If you need dip, try hummus.
12/19: Drink 8 ounces of water between each of your meals.
12/20: Drink 8 ounces of water with each of your meals.
12/21: Order your sandwich or wrap on whole grain bread or in a whole grain tortilla.
12/22: During meals, pick a place to eat, like your kitchen table, and do only that— eat! Turn off the television, get off of the computer, hang up the phone! Focus on your stomach as it is filling up and stop eating when you feel satisfied.
12/23: Schedule exercise time on your calendar today and treat it like a doctor’s appointment.
12/24: Fill your plate with half veggies, a quarter lean meat, beans or soy and a quarter whole grain (such as a whole grain roll, whole grain pasta or brown rice) or starchy vegetable.
12/25: Eat breakfast! Don’t try to save up your calories for dinner because you’ll end up overeating…trust me!
12/26: Get at least 7 hours of sleep tonight.
12/27: To put an end to impulse purchases, eat something before heading out to the grocery store. Kashi cereal bars work great!
12/28: Just say “NO” to super-sized portions.
12/29: Make your own trail mix with your favorite dried fruit, nuts and whole grain cereal.
12/30: To reach your calcium goal for the day, have a bowl of Total cereal with 8 ounces of skim milk for breakfast.
12/31: Put a cap on it! Limit yourself to one or two drinks tonight (a serving of alcohol equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor).
1/1/2012: Continue the momentum into the New Year and start writing your own mini resolutions. Or, just repeat the 20 days above!
What to do today: Make a grocery list containing all of the foods you’ll need to make the next 20 days a success and head out to the store. Don’t forget to bookmark this page or print it out so that you will have it handy. No excuses!