January is the time of year when everybody’s thinking about food. While some savor December’s holiday feasts, others lament their yuletide excess. And for many, the New Year brings with it a steely resolve to “eat better”.
It is thought that over 100 million Americans set New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, most are abandoned by February, victims of weighty aspirations. Too many resolutions focus on improbable dreams of “losing this” or “quitting that”, instead of smaller, easier-to-keep lifestyle changes that might actually survive Ground Hogs Day.
Recent research into longevity has uncovered simple things everyone can do to live longer, better:
- Switch to 10” plates and skinny glasses
- Put healthy options in plain view and hide the junk food…even in the refrigerator
- Stop eating when you are 80% full
- Avoid mindless munching by turning off the TV when eating
- Take a short walk after dinner
These incremental changes are relatively painless and can have a profound effect on our wellbeing. However, they won’t become habit overnight. It actually takes five weeks of practice to make a new behavior a habit. So resolve today to eat better in 2010. Just make you’re still practicing until the next national food holiday…Super Bowl Sunday!