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New Year’s Resolutions? Not Me

Posted Jan 01 2010 4:30pm

Happy New Year to all!  Again, the inevitable question that many ask around this day: “What is your New Year’s resolution?”  I always come back with the same answer, time and time again: “I don’t make New Year’s resolutions!” :P

Really, how many people do you know (yourself included) reflect on December 31st whether or not you’ve achieved the resolution that you set 365 days ago?  If you have, then I applaud you for that; however, I, for one, would rather set mini-goals for myself throughout the year.  Think of it as a continual self-improvement thing.  By setting mini monthly goals for yourself and writing them down (in your planner, your iPhone, fridge, wherever), you’re more geared towards success.  One year later, those 12 mini-achievements can add up to more than what you could have ever imagined.

Promote positive thinking, especially when it comes to food.  So many times, people feel they have to employ an “all or nothing” approach – to never eat this, to never drink that again.  One day, you might break your restrictions and succumb to that slice of cake at work, and feel like you’ve failed.  Instead of applauding yourself for eating that oatmeal for breakfast and nixing the mayo on your sammy, you’re fixating on that slice of cake.  I don’t want you to do that.  Instead, think of ways you can improve your diet, by adding more of certain things and giving yourself alternatives, rather than making a list of your so-called bad foods and vowing to never touch them with a ten-foot pole.  Here are some examples:

- I will eat more foods that grow from the ground (fruits, vegetables, whole grains), rather than a box

- I will drink more water, and hydrate myself with good fluids, rather than sodas

- I will buy more local foods by visiting Farmer’s Markets at least twice a month

- I will eat more plant-based proteins (tofu, beans, etc) and less red meats

- When I do choose to eat red meat, I will try to purchase more grass-fed beef

- I will eat more sustainably-raised animal products

- If I’m face-to-face with a dessert buffet, I’ll eat more of the fresh fruit, and allow a half slice of the dessert that looks of the best quality

See how easy that was?  They can just be simple statements that matter to you.  And it can apply to all other areas of your life – maybe you’ll devote time to smiling more, doing ten more minutes of yoga each day, or just taking more deep breaths.  And no, I’m not overusing the word, because more, viewed in these positive aspects, is definitely better.

Now, what will you do more of in the upcoming month?

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