This week I want to discuss effective strategies for keeping your New Year’s Resolutions, (especially the ones about food!) First, here’s a touch of history about the New Year: In 153 B.C., Janus, a mythical king, was put at the very beginning of the Roman calendar. Janus had two faces, which allowed him to reflect on the past yet also relish the prospect of the future quite easily. Overtime, the Romans started to look to Janus as a symbol of resolutions. Surprisingly, January 1, had not been the start of the new year until 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar created a new calendar for his people to represent the different seasons more precisely. Later, the Roman people named the first month of the year after their beloved Janus, who became known as the guardian of entrances. Entrances into change in the human heart, appearance, mind, and soul. Since then, New Year’s continues to be a celebratory time of fresh starts.
So here are my ideas for Food Resolutions in 2013:
1. Eat breakfast every morning.
2. Go organic to the extent that your budget will allow.
3. Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet.
4. Chew your food slowly.
5. Drink more water.
6. Stick to only eating when you’re eating…skip meals in front of the TV or computer.
7. Cook more.
8. Avoid food as a coping mechanism.
9. Savor each bite.
10. Get rid of the mindless snacking.
Here are some strategies to make your Food Resolutions a reality in 2013:
1. Know for sure why you’re making a New Year’s Resolution. Remember that if you don’t feel passionate about changing something in your life or adding something to your life, the chances that you’ll stick to your resolution will decrease.
2. Write your food resolution down. As soon as you get it out of your head and onto paper, it becomes more real.
3. Set yourself up for success. If your resolution is to not eat junk food, don’t let lots of junk food pile up in the house. It will act as a constant distraction, and it will become difficult to focus on what you really want to focus on.
I’d love to hear your Food Resolutions and how you plan to make them happen!
Until Next Time…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
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