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Healthy Living

Turn Resolutions into Permanent Lifestyle Changes

January 26, 2014 | Guest Contributor

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By Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl

February is right around the corner so we figured it was a good time to ask: How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds, cook more at home or eat less junk food, we have a few tips to help you stick with your resolutions for years to come.

Avoid Boredom: Instead of resorting to tasteless frozen entrees or the same canned soup every day, trying switching things up in the kitchen to avoid boredom. Once a week, take some time to meal plan for the days ahead. Instead of eating the same vegetables night after night, try incorporating one new food into the rotation each week. Shopping seasonally is a great way to ensure that you are getting a wide range of nutrition all year round.

Focus on Whole Foods: If you don’t have time to keep a food diary or count calories, a good rule of thumb is to eat as many whole foods as possible. In other words, foods that come from the ground or have a mother such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat, etc. For example, if you typically pack cookies with your lunch try swapping them out with a fruity organic Greek yogurt. Instead of a high calorie coffee drink, indulge in a coffee flavored Greek yogurt. Choosing protein-rich snacks instead of processed, empty calories will give you long lasting energy and help prevent the ever-so-familiar blood sugar crash.

Get the Family Involved: It isn’t easy making healthy eating changes when you are responsible for feeding an entire family but their support is vital for your long-term success. To get them on board, let them help with the meal planning and grocery shopping each week. Let the kids pick one new fruit or vegetable to try and then let them help you prepare the meal. When shopping for yogurt, let everyone pick out his or her favorite flavors to bring to school or work. Instead of hitting the gym solo, play in the snow or go ice-skating with the whole family. The more your family is behind you, the more likely you are to reach your goals and stick with them.

What are your biggest tips when it comes to sticking with New Year’s resolutions? Leave a comment below – we would love to hear what you have to say!

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