As I'm writing this on Boxing Day, Christmas has (obviously) been and gone but the festivities continue around me with lots of food and even more game playing. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and ate far too much, something I'm a strong advocate of once a year - I even wrote a post last year called How not to have a healthy Christmas! However after all that eating, many people move on to thinking about their New Year's Resolution, and whether this year will be the year they finally stick to it. I'd always been quite half-hearted about resolutions in the past, until in January 2016 I vowed to stop eating meat and went pesketarian. I'm proud to say that at the very end of the year my resolution is still very much intact and I'm going to carry it on next year. This year I thought I would share some tips on how to sucessfully stick to your New Year's Resolution.
First I'd like to talk about the resolution itself. Although you may have a fixed idea in your head already, I suggest having an open mind and making sure the resolution you end up with fits my first tip:
1) Be specific and realistic
While it is tempting to go all out with a resolution that you've never attempted before, it's important to keep some perspective. For example, if your current routine includes eating meat at least once a day, going vegan on January 1st is going to be quite a challenge. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do it if you want to, but I would suggest going in stages to improve your diet. If you want to 'eat more healthily', what does that actually mean to you? Does it mean hitting your 5 a day, or stopping eating takeaway meals, or something completely different? Anyone of these resolutions would be absolutely fine but it's important to really know what you want to achieve. This links perfectly to my next tip, which is about making a plan.
4) Stay inspired
The worst feeling when attempting to make a change for the better is feeling alone in your task. Thanks to the all-encompassing nature of the internet nowadays it's easier than ever to find inspiration and advice on eating better (enter Dancer Talks Food!) My Useful Websites page has links to blogs that I find useful for when I need a bit of a boost, and I hope you find it helpful too. I also find enjoyment in brand new recipe books, they give me new ideas to adapt and take inspiration from.
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