We are so excited this week to share insights from our guest blogger, Natalie Senninger, RDN, LD. Natalie is a licensed and registered dietician in Kentucky and started Nutrition502 where she is passionate about both the mental and physical aspects of health. Check out her blog below!
Happy 2019! It’s a new year and with a new year comes resolutions. You’ve probably been bombarded with messages of detox and weight loss, but oftentimes these resolutions fizzle out within a couple of weeks. As a registered dietitian, I am going to give you some guidelines for health resolutions that you can stick to.
- Make it realistic- Instead of vowing to wake up every morning to go to the gym before work, make it a goal to go to the gym three times a week. This is a much more manageable goal and once you get into the habit, you can add on more days.
- Add to your diet instead of taking away- While it might be tempting to swear off sugar and carbohydrates for the whole
month, try to add a serving of vegetables at each meal or increase your water intake by 10 oz. a week. Adding in healthier foods can help you to crowd out some of the less than healthy foods without completely eliminating them. By adding instead of taking away, you can achieve a balanced approach to food without feeling deprived.
- Focus on the big picture- It’s easy to get caught up in the small slip ups, but if you have a bad day, remind yourself that it’s only one day out of the whole year. If you’re trying to lose weight, even if you only lose ½ pound every week, you will still lose 26 pounds this year! It’s the small healthy habits that you practice consistently that add up to make big changes in the end.
Remember to focus on small, manageable goals. Try tackling one or two goals at a time until those goals become a habit. If you consistently do this for the next 12 months, you will have developed multiple healthy habits by the end of the year!