Thursday, January 28, 2010

Checking in on New Year's Resolutions

By Jamie Strauss, R.D., L.D.N.
Clinical Dietitian, Food and Nutrition Services
Sinai Hospital

It’s the last week of January - how well have you done with your New Year's resolutions? Many of us made it a goal to lose weight, exercise more or just generally be healthier. Even if you feel discouraged a month in, you can still take steps toward being healthier. Lifestyle changes do not have to be overwhelming!

Start by making smaller changes. These may have a bigger impact than larger ones. By taking the stairs more often, parking farther away from an entrance, or stretching at your desk, you can burn extra calories. You can also ask your coworkers if they'd like to take a walk during your lunch hour.

Another tip is to use recipe modifications such as substituting margarine for butter, which will result in a lower-fat dish. You can also switch to whole grain products, which add more fiber in your diet. Finally, sit down with your family and develop a weekly list of meals. By planning ahead, you can save time and money all week.

As you adapt and make these smaller lifestyle changes, you progress toward bigger changes. So remember - start small and you will be able to keep your resolutions this year without a problem!

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