Good food is part of many holiday traditions, but enjoying time with family and friends can often include eating too much.
As you move into 2012, what resolution will you make? Perhaps you’ll resolve to eat better during the new year or lose the five pounds you gained in December. Whether you make it a resolution or not, you likely have room for improvement, and there is no better foundation than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
According to the American Dietetic Association, eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s not necessary to embark on a complete overhaul of all your habits all at once. In fact, that often leads to failure. How many times in your life have you made a new year’s resolution that lasted a few weeks or months? That is certainly not uncommon. Try making small changes consistently over time. Your overall chances for success will be much greater, and you can celebrate your achievements along the way.
Click here to download an educational flyer from the American Dietetic Association that provides information about the Dietary Guidelines for older adults. If you are making a new year’s resolution to eat better, try selecting one or two recommendations to integrate into your life. Make 2012 a good year for your nutritional health. Be consistent, and when you have developed a new habit, celebrate your success. But maybe not with another piece of fudge!
By Paula Bohlen, MS, RD, LDN, LNHA