How to Keep Your Food Resolutions This Year
A study from the University of Minnesota found 80 percent of people who set New Year’s resolutions stop following their new intentions before February 14. It doesn’t have to be that way. If, like many people, you have decided to make 2019 the year you get fit or eat better, there’s plenty of ways to stay on track. Whether you’ve already given up or are just hoping to make your New Year’s resolution continue to stick, here’s how to eat better in 2019:
- Establish good habits. Eating is partly a matter of habit. If you don’t bring your lunch with you for the day, it’s much easier to get fast food. If you set out healthy snacks for yourself at home, it’s much easier to eat well. Decide on a few habits you can establish today.
- Plan ahead. It’s easier to eat well when you have some meal ideas and all the ingredients you need to prepare them. During the week ahead, look at your schedule. For the times you will be eating at home, plan meals you can reasonably prepare and make sure you have everything on hand. For meals you can’t eat at home, bring a snack with you or look up menus and make a reservation at a restaurant offering healthy options.
- Know your triggers. When you’re trying to change your eating habits or health habits, some things can get you off track. For example, if you always drive home by a specific fast food restaurant, you may get a craving at the same time each day. If you get cravings when you’re tired or bored or upset, you may want to address those feelings and find new ways of dealing with them. Figure out what causes you to make poorer food choices and find ways to cut back on the number of times you make decisions that make you feel bad.
- Start fresh every Monday. Researchers say one way to keep resolutions is not to make them just once a year. Some studies have found setting weekly goals instead of yearly goals gives you more than 52 chances each year to stay on track. Instead of trying to eat right all year long, try one week of healthy eating. The next week, try again.
- Make it fun. Treat yourself to a healthy restaurant meal once in a while. Book a private dining room for important events. If you’re eating healthy foods, why not put on fun music or eat from plates and bowls you love? Brainstorm all the ways you can make good food more fun and pleasant and try some of those ideas out. Maybe eating a salad outside or eating with friends helps you eat the right portions or healthy foods.
- Learn to cook yourself. If you’re not a good cook, you’ll be more tempted to reach for processed options. Why not learn to cook from a professional chef? Bricco has cooking classes to help you master the kitchen and create amazing, delicious meals.
Reserve a table at Bricco now to enjoy a healthy and mouth-watering meal to will make you happy and keep you on track!