|The cycles of life: Small changes can bring big results|
|Monday, 20 February 2017|
by Lori Dather
I’m sure my life is similar to most people. Every year, we go through the same big cycles: New Year’s resolutions, springtime prep for beach season, fall school preparation and, finally, Christmas. We are always striving to make big changes to get to that magic number on the scale and tone up to look great in those jeans, swim suit or holiday dresses.
What if I told you there is an easier way to live healthy? March is National Nutrition Month with the theme “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” You have all the tools you need to live healthy. My friends tell me all the time, “I know what I need to do, I just don’t do it.”
I challenge you to make small changes throughout March so you aren’t overwhelmed. You can find support and resources, including tip sheets and handouts, on the National Nutrition Month website at eatright.org/resource/food/resources/national-nutrition-month.
What do these small changes look like? Let’s keep it simple:
Smaller portion sizes.
To determine your calorie requirement and food plan based on your age, activity level and other factors, go to choosemyplate.gov/MyPlate-Daily-Checklist-input.
Finally, set your mind to success and not excuses. If faced with temptation, go for a walk or do something you have been putting off (clean a drawer or closet). Try drinking water or a healthy smoothie. Set your alarm for 15 minutes and walk away. Hopefully the temptation will pass.
I know you will have moments of failure, but pick it up where you left off and don’t give up. Small changes really will give you big results.
“Grab-n-Go” Green Smoothie