[YOUR HEALTH] January Nutrition Tips

By Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD
Registered Licensed Dietitian
St. Hope Foundation

Happy New Year! If you are like most Americans you have decided to make your resolution for 2014 about getting healthy. 80% of Americans who make a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier do not stick with it. Don’t become a statistic! Here are some simple tips to keep you on track in 2014:

Make Realistic Goals – Goals are a great way to keep you motivated, but don’t make them unreachable. Challenge yourself to push beyond your comfort zone, but don’t set yourself up for failure.

Get Support – Find someone you can trust and that will support you on the good days and the not-so-good days. This person should be uplifting and encourage you to continue to challenge yourself daily. Choosing the right support team is a vital part of your success.

Make One Change at a Time – When making the decision to eat healthy, the number of diet changes may seem overwhelming. Start small! Choose one or two dietary changes at a time and focus your time making those a habit. Once you are consistently doing those changes then start with new ones. People usually give up on New Year’s Resolutions because they take on too much change at one time. Remember that small wins bring big results!