5 No-Diet New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a new year, and a good time to renew your commitment to healthy eating. Here’s my advice about how to do just that, without taking drastic steps that will derail your vows in a few weeks, or less. As always, think progress, not perfection.

Do. Not. Diet.

Let’s face it: diets suck.

Fad diets are tempting, but ignore their false promises, and focus instead on improving your eating pattern for longterm success. You’ve done it before, so you know that quitting every favorite food will not fly in the long run.

Food is fuel, and you must eat to survive. The best way to eat is one that you can live with, and doesn’t require “cheat days” to sustain. As my colleague Shelley Real so aptly puts it, “Eating isn’t cheating.”   

Read about one thing that can lead to a longterm healthy relationship with food. 

Eat to burn more calories.  

We nutrition experts encourage eating whole grains for their fiber, and other nutrients. But did you know that whole grains are also metabolism boosters? Whole grains include cereals, breads, grains, and popcorn. Eat at least three servings daily, or even better, make all of your grains the whole kind.

The only way to keep your resolutions.

Don’t play the numbers game.

Consider ditching the bathroom scale and the tape measure. Constantly taking stock of your weight can be a downward spiral, especially when weight loss doesn’t occur as quickly as you like. Focus on overall health instead.

Stop the shaming.

So you overindulged during the holidays. So what? Punishing yourself for past transgressions is pointless, and shame is a useless and harmful emotion. Good health isn’t an all-or-nothing endeavor.  Some days, weeks, and months are better than others when it comes to eating and exercising. Each day is a new chance to make better choices.

Discover how to get more Body Kindness.

Ditch the trash talk. 

There are certain phrases I never use, including “fat” (as it relates to body weight), “skinny,” and “clean eating” because they have negative connotations that contribute to a disordered relationship with food. “Guilty pleasures,” “cheat days,” and “detox” are not on my vocabulary list, either. Hopefully, if you stop using these useless phrases, you’ll improve your point of view about eating.

What are your non-diet goals for 2018?

 

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