12 Good Diet Resolutions to Adopt This Year
Article revised on 19 December 2017
It’s January and time for New Year’s resolutions. To make the process easier, I’d like to share with you one resolution that you can adopt each month to keep you going all year long. Here are my resolutions to maintain a healthy diet all year long.
January: Clean up your kitchen
- In order to eat well, you need to have healthy foods on hand. Sort through the contents of the cupboard, fridge and even the freezer. Check expiry dates and throw out products you haven’t touched since last year. Then stock up on healthy foods.
February: Take your health to heart
- February is Heart Month, so use this time to reduce your salt intake and start replacing it with fresh herbs and spices. Espelette pepper, ginger, basil, lemon or rosemary will bring an abundance of freshness and flavour to your dishes and help you maintain a healthy heart.
March: Take the fight out of food! Target the problem, get informed and ask for help.
- As part of Nutrition Month March 2018, dietitians have a few tips to help Canadians put a stop to their struggles with food. Follow this campaign closely on social media at #NutritionMonth.
April: Start gardening on your balcony
- Get creative this spring: Grow your own edible flowers and vegetables. Plan which varieties you would like to grow (chamomile, nasturtium, borage, cucumber, lettuce, etc.), then buy seeds and pots. You’ll be ready to plant as soon as the soil thaws. It’s a great way to save money and eat fresh all summer long.
May: 1… 2… 3… Get moving!
- It’s physical activity month, so no more excuses: Get outdoors and start moving. Including physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle has many advantages, such as higher energy levels, a sense of well-being, challenges that motivate you to excel and much more.
June: Organize safe picnics
- Break out of your routine and take advantage of sunny days by planning a picnic. For your outings to be successful and safe, bring along coolers or water bottles that you previously froze. Above all, don’t forget to bring thirst-quenching drinks (mineral water, fruit-flavoured water, home-made iced tea or lemonade).
July: Eat healthy and simple when you’re travelling
- Taking a vacation with your kids? Some convenience stores (even in airport terminals) now offer healthy foods like fruits, pre-cut vegetables and dairy products (milk cartons, cheddar cheese). Steer clear of chocolate bars and sugar infused candies which won’t satisfy you for long.
August: Quebec berries steal the show
- Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are abundant in summer markets. Load up on these sweet treats that are packed with vitamins. You can even buy huge quantities and freeze them so you can eat them later, even in the winter months.
September: Time for crunchy mouthfuls of apple
- They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Turns out there is some truth biehind this saying. A study published in the prestigious British Medical Journal compares the consumption of an apple a day versus a statin a day, which is a drug used to lower blood cholesterol levels. The findings show that: An apple a day or a statin a day is equally likely to keep the doctor away.So while it’s apple season, why not eat one every day?
*If you already take medication to lower your cholesterol levels, don’t stop taking them without talking to your doctor first. The information contained herein does not constitute medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for qualified medical consultation with health professionals.
October: Eat local
- Thanksgiving is around the corner so time to share the season’s crops. Include root vegetables (carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips) and cabbages in your menu: Stews, soups, vegetable chips, cabbage rolls, etc. In addition to being affordable, they’re loaded with nutritional goodness.
November: Think S.M.A.R.T.
- With the holiday season fast approaching, we tend to want to change our diet radically. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). For example, “I think I’ll include a serving of vegetables with three meals this week.” Don’t forget to celebrate small victories! To learn more about the subject, read our “Set S.M.A.R.T. goals” article
December: Eat mindfully
- Many people feel guilty about their diet during the holidays because they indulged in too much food and alcohol. Enjoy every moment and every bite during this time of year. Listen to your body’s hunger cues and make sure you drink plenty of water. And above all, enjoy eating!
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