Food Resolutions

New Year Food Resolution

Doing a complete overhaul in a day can be right for some people but for most taking a snip-it of that overhaul at a time is the best plan.

Take your big picture and tear it down into small pieces. Pieces small enough so that when you look at them you know you can easily add it to your day. So how does that look for you?

Puzzle Piece 1: Go Slow

One piece at a time. Find the one thing that you can do today and tackle that first. Look over all your choices and pick the easiest one to do right away. Resolving to get more fiber in your diet this year? Do you want to add more fish or vegetables? Any change is easier if you take slow, small steps.

For example:

  • Vow to add a piece of produce to your brown bag lunch daily.
  • Designate a day as fish day.
  • Package up a single serving of nuts for an after work snack

Puzzle Piece 2: Water, Water, Everywhere

Water: It's gives your body a quenching boost. Find the idea of eight cups a day daunting? Think small:

  • Drink one glass first thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth.
  • Tempted by more soda? Another glass of wine? Drink a cup of water before you reach for a calorie laden drink.
  • Resolve to drink one more cup of water today than you had yesterday.

Puzzle Piece 3: Tackle Mindless Munching

You're chatting with friends around the dinner table or watching a DVD -- and you just keep nibbling. Try these tips to reign in the munchies:

Keep a glass of water nearby and make sure it is always full.

Brush or floss your teeth.

Pay attention -- look at each piece of food you plan to eat.

Busy your hands by folding clothes, doing your nails, or reading a book.

Puzzle Piece 5: Stack the Odds in Your Favor

Don't forget to help yourself succeed, and to reach out for help when you need it.

Get Fit NH is all about family, and we are here for you. Tell a friend or family member your goals and then share your ideas, plans, and successes regularly.

Leave the temptations -- ice cream, chips, soda -- at the grocery store. Promise yourself you'll cater to cravings only outside the home, in one-serving portions.

Socialize with non-food events. Get your friends together in the park, for a hike, or at the movies.

Puzzle Piece 6: Baby Your Body

Prevention: It's a lot less daunting than treating a chronic condition, so do the little things that keep your body moving and thriving today.

Get rolling. Foam rolling, stretching, lacross ball work is all there to make you move better. Take time to get extra benefits for your muscles. They’ll thank you for it.

Get those tests you know you need. Cholesterol checks, prostate exams, pap smears -- stay ahead of the game by staying healthy.

Get all the snooze-time you need. Sleep helps body and soul recharge, stay healthy, and cope with stress.

Take enough steps and you'll reach any goal. Resolve to put a few small pieces of your puzzle together for your resolutions this year. Watch the picture open up before your eyes!

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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