Changing the Process
It’s that time of the year again for New Year’s resolutions. And while many of us make them, statistics show that only about 8 percent of us actually keep them, with 45 percent falling by the wayside by the end of January. Among the most popular New Year’s resolutions are vows to lose weight and become healthier. So what to do?
This year, think small. By that I mean that sometimes we are able to achieve the greatest changes in our lives by getting there in very small steps. No need to set unrealistic goals of losing so many pounds by a certain date, or entirely cutting out your favorite foods.
Instead, come up with a list of small changes you can make over time in your daily life that will make a difference. Things like walking a few more steps each day, adding less salt at the table, and taking stretching breaks at work.
Speaking of work, another small change you can make to help you eat better is to brown bag. Eating out every day can add up to lots of unnecessary calories, and can also be expensive. Instead, take a few minutes before you go to bed at night to make lunch for you, and if you’re a parent, for your kids as well. Sandwiches are a brown bag staple but you can take them to a new level by using a variety of breads and rolls as the base, then layering on vegetables like carrots, squash or cucumbers for color, flavor, and nutrients. Top with low-fat meat or cheese and a drizzle of olive oil or mustard. Add a piece of fruit and you’re good to go.
For other weight loss tips and information, be sure to visit the Resources section, as well as the Weight Management Channel of the Wheat Foods Council Network website (www.wheatfoods.org). Remember, little things do count!ShareThis