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Don't Resolve to Eat Well. Just Eat Well.

New Year's resolutions are as synonymous with failure as they are with self-improvement. According to a survey conducted by livestrong.com , 76 percent of respondents who made weight loss resolutions reported they were unsuccessful in keeping the weight off. Resolutions of any kind are tough to keep, particularly those revolving around getting fit. Below is a list of minor changes you can make to help accomplish your fitness and nutritional goals for the New Year.

Clear out the fridge and pantry. Toss out high-calorie, high-fat foods and abstain from buying similar products. The purge will spur an instant sense of accomplishment and make it easier to maintain a healthy plan. You should dispose of all tempting foods, including sugary cereals, cake and cookies, candy, ice cream and fried foods.

Plan meals ahead. Use cookbooks or online resources that focus on healthy recipes to map out days and weeks of nutritious eating and food choices. Selecting healthy options that taste good will prevent you from longing for the bad stuff.

Go local. Organic and locally grown food items are often more tasty and satisfying than their supermarket chain counterparts. Shop your local farmers markets (when you can) or health-food stores to find these items. When you return from shopping, immediately wash and prepare the produce so it is ready to eat when you are ready to eat it.

Set a fitness goal. Assess your previous physical activity over the past year and set a realistic goal to gradually improve.

What small changes do you plan to make to improve your health in the New Year? Let me know here, or email me, at jcurtis@mainstreetconnect.us.

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