New Years Resolutions

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It's 2017! How did that happen already?

Most of us spend a little time at the start of the year thinking about how we want our year to be. Some of us make resolutions; often health-related. Resolutions can be motivating at the start of January, but all but forgotten by the end of February when regular life kicks in and we run out of steam.

I think resolutions about health are probably a waste of time. Vowing to exercise more, lose weight or "get healthy" isn't enough, usually, to get us to make permanent change.

For that, we need to do small things that can become lifelong habits. Those things may be about what we eat, but I reckon we're better to think about how we eat, and how we think about how we eat.

So here are some things to consider if you want to do something different, have a better relationship with food and be healthier this year. They're not guaranteed to help you lose weight, get rock-hard abs or run a marathon. But they will put you a bit closer to the way the healthiest people around the world think and act around food.

 Add veges If you only do one thing from this list, make it this one. Again, I've said it before, but we could all stand to hear it again and to act on it. No health expert - self-appointed or real - will disagree. Eating lots and lots of plants is one of the things the world's healthiest people have in common, no matter where they live or what they eat. This is a great goal because it's about eating more, not less. And it's simple. Just think: two big handfuls - that's both hands-handfuls - of colourful veges every day. Or looking at it another way: how can you add extra veges to every meal? Challenge yourself to getting them in at breakfast and lunch, which can be light on vegetables. Embrace the lovely variety of seasonal colour and ripeness we have around us in summer. By the time winter rolls around your vege habit will be set. It's worth remembering habits take time to form. You've seen the Instagram motivational quotes: health is a journey, not a destination. I don't think we ever reach a point where we've "got healthy" and can stop our healthy habits. That's the psychology of dieting and that, as we know, doesn't work. So go easy on yourself and give it time. I bet you'll see a positive change by 2018. 

Source:  Niki Bezzant - Herald on Sunday