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New Years’ Resolutions for Life

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 The New Year is here and it brings with it the flood of New Year’s resolutions- usually to lose weight or change your eating habits in one way or the other.  If you have broken your resolution already remember that the Mediterranean diet is a way of life and a no-diet diet.  The Basic Art of Italian Cooking is based on eating the Mediterranean diet way-healthy and all natural and eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. For the easy way to eat the Mediterranean diet way, follow the  Mediterranean food pyramid athttp://www.womensheart.org/content/Nutrition/mediterranean.asp

 Resolutions should be for life not just for the first week of the New Year.

Here are 6 ways to help make healthy eating resolutions easy for the New Year and for life:

 

1-Forget ‘Fad’ Diets

Weight loss diets that are extremely restrictive or that totally eliminates a food group or over emphasizes a food group are not healthy, too extreme and are doomed to fail. They are not long term but just very short term solutions.

RESOLUTION-Eat a healthy, well balanced diet that emphasizes healthy, unprocessed foods.  Be mindful of portion sizes- especially when eating out. Incorporate more movement into your every day daily life

 

2-Emphasize Variety

Eat a wide variety of all food groups. Not any one food has all the nutrients you need.

RESOLUTION-Pay attention to all food groups- grain products, meat & substitutes, nuts, legumes, vegetables, fruit and dairy products. Attempt to incorporate a healthy balance of all food groups in your daily diet.

 

3-Moderation

Eating healthfully does not mean giving up or eliminating the foods we enjoy. It means allowing yourself to eat moderate amounts.

RESOLUTION-Aim to eat everything in moderation.  Smaller portions of foods higher in calories. 

 

4-Plan Long Term

A single meal or food is not what makes or breaks a healthy pattern of eating

RESOLUTION- Think of healthy eating as a lifelong habit not something you do for a month and then quit. When you eat healthy balanced meals most of the time, enjoying occasional indulgences is fine

 

5-Breakfast is #1

RESOLUTION-Eat a healthy balanced breakfast every day. It helps control weight, improves concentration for a busy day at work and school and it provides nutrients missing in your diet.

 

6-Slow & Steady

One small change at a time works best for lasting change.

RESOLUTION- When modifying how you eat do it slowly. You are making changes that should last for life not just for the month. Read also :

 

http://www.healthmad.com/Weight-Loss/How-to-Make-Weightloss-Resolutions-for-Life.71786

 

Ciao for now!!
Maria

http://www.marialiberati.com

 

  For recipes using the Mediterranean Diet, purchase your copy of the bestselling book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking at http://www.marialiberati.com and receive free shipping on your purchase. 

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