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Healthy Eating Goals You Can Achieve

January 21, 2014 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian

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Healthy Eating Goals You Can Achieve

Are you still on track with your New Year's resolutions? If not, don't beat yourself up, you're in good company.

When we're celebrating and enjoying the season's bounty of food and drink in December, it seems easy to set lofty healthy eating goals for ourselves.

Unfortunately, once January sets in and we're faced with what we've resolved to do, those goals can feel pretty overwhelming. It can feel like we've lost the race before we're even out of the gate.

Let's get real: pie-in-the-sky resolutions to overhaul our diets typically don't work. This year, why not try something different and set small manageable goals that lead you to succeed? This is not to say that you can't overhaul your way of eating over time if you want to, just don't plan to do it all at once. Eating habits that have taken a lifetime to form are hard to change overnight.

Ten Healthy Eating Goals to Set You Up For Success

Pick ONE goal below and try it out for at least a month. Once you don't have to think much about it and it becomes habit, congratulate yourself. You've done well. Then, feel free to pick another one and keep going!

  1. Eat vegetables or fruit as a snack once a day.  Enjoy a salad, pack an apple with nut butter or munch out on some kale chips.
  2. Satisfy your thirst with water. Make healthy drink choices and test your knowledge about the sugar in drinks.
  3. Eat breakfast every day. Try a new type of porridge, experience poached eggs or make a batch of pumpkin raisin muffins for the week.
  4. Eat fish twice a week. Try your fish steamed, broiled or save money with canned tuna or salmon.
  5. Add another serving of vegetables to one of your meals each day. Try a new recipe for roasted veggies, cook up some dark leafy greens or sign up for a CSA veggie box in the spring.
  6. Make homemade soup once a week this winter. Turn up the heat with tortilla soup, go green with broccoli or try your own soup creation.
  7. Try one new whole grain every week. Experiment with quinoa, serve a stir-fry over brown rice or enjoy bulgur in a salad.
  8. Read nutrition labels when you grocery shop. Brush up on your food label reading, use labels to compare products and select healthier choices such as lower sodium options.
  9. Eat a meatless meal once a week. Try a Moroccan vegetable curry, a vegetarian chili or make your own veggie burgers.
  10. Make a meal plan every week and stick to it! Plan your meals, recycle your cooking, and remember to pack a lunch

For more tips on how to set small, manageable goals that will lead to success, check out our two part series: Be a Revolutionist (not resolutionist) Part 1 and Part 2.

If you need any help setting a healthy eating goal or sticking to one, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 and ask to speak to one of our Registered Dietitians. It’s a free service for BC residents.

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