Start 2018 with a bang!

Julie's Notes
Start 2018 with a bang!

At the beginning of each new year, making all kinds of resolutions is a tradition. Despite good intentions, however, our new goals often fall by the wayside after a few weeks. Why is it so hard to improve lifestyle habits?

Expecting results too fast
Let me ask you a simple question: How long have you had the same dietary habits? Ten years? 20 years? 30 years? That’s precisely why it’s so hard to change a habit. It’s deeply rooted because it’s been part of our way of life for so long. To adopt a new behaviour, you need to take the time required, and sometimes that’s a lot of time. It can take months for a new way of doing things to become an integral part of your daily life. Unfortunately, if you go too fast, your original inclinations can quickly make a comeback.

Set a SMART goal
Setting one goal at a time pays off over the long term. Using a gradual approach is better than going too fast and throwing in the towel. Moreover, to successfully form a new lifestyle habit, set a SMART goal, that is, a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based goal. For example:

  • For the next three months, I’ll cook a vegetarian recipe once a week.
  • For the next 60 days, I’ll take a 15-minute walk twice a day.
  • For the next month, I’ll eat breakfast every morning. Note: If you have some frozen haskaps on hand, try my Smoothie Bowl!

Tip: Maximize your chances of success by posting your challenge somewhere you can see it, like on your fridge!

Focus on Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate
Food resolutions are very popular, especially at the start of a new year, with many people looking to lose weight. When it comes to eating healthy, we all have a good idea what foods to eat. To help you combine them successfully on your plate, let the HEALTHY PLATE, which was developed by a group of nutrition experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, inspire you.

The purpose of this food guide is to encourage people to fill half their plate with vegetables/fruits, one quarter with whole grains and the last quarter with a healthy protein (e.g., legumes, eggs, poultry, fish). Where milk and dairy products are concerned, aim for one to two servings a day. No matter what your current eating habits are, striving to eat more fruits and vegetables is one of the healthiest eating habits to adopt. For pleasure and health, I invite you to make fruits and vegetables the stars of your plates in 2018!

Enjoy the pleasures of the table and good health! Feature fruits and vegetables prominently in 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone!