It’s important to remind yourself of your new years resolutions throughout the year – now that’s it’s early February, how are you doing? If you didn’t set any resolutions or need to revise the ones you set last month, try these tips from the dietitian.
Many people make a New Year’s resolution to “lose weight”. However, losing weight isn’t an action that you take. It is the outcome of many behaviors, including changes in eating habits, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors. Instead of setting the goal to “lose weight” and follow a diet (diets don’t work because they are guided by restrictions), use the following suggestions to set goals that are more likely to develop into healthy habits.
Q: How do I make health goals that will last?
A: From Masha Fox-Rabinovich, MA, RD, LDN, CDE, outpatient dietitian at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital:
- Schedule time to move. Make a list of physical activities that you enjoy, and make time every day to move your body. Write it on your calendar and think of it as an important appointment that you cannot miss.
- Listen to your body. Pay attention to the signals your body sends you. Eat when you need food. Stop eating when you are satisfied and no longer hungry. Remember that food is nourishment. Every day create meals that vary proteins and include fiber-rich starches and plenty of colorful veggies.
- Find a routine that works for you and make it a habit. Is it more convenient for your lifestyle to pack your lunch for the next day before going to bed, or do you prefer to wake up earlier to do it? What’s the best day and time for you to make a grocery list for the week and go shopping? Do you like to prepare dinner every evening, or is it easier for you to cook in large batches only a few times a week? There are many ways to establish healthier habits. Take time to experiment and set a routine that fits your life.
- Identify who is in your support network, and connect with that person or people regularly to help you stay on track. Having a friend, family member, or co-worker that you can update on your progress can help you succeed at making lasting changes. Keep in touch daily or at least once a week.
- Meet with a registered dietitian. Dietitians are nutrition experts that can help you create a personalized eating plan and help you meet your health goals.
Interested in Nutrition Counseling?
Adventist HealthCare offers individual appointments and group sessions with registered dietitians for management of high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, diabetes and prediabetes, digestive problems, food allergies and other diagnoses. Nutrition counseling, or medical nutrition therapy, is a benefit covered by many health insurances. We will verify that your insurance plan covers the cost of nutrition counseling prior to your initial appointment.
Offered at two locations:
Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital
Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education Office, Suite 350
By appointment, Mondays through Fridays
Call 301-891-6105 to schedule an appointment.
Adventist HealthCare Support Center
First Tuesday of each month in the evening
Call 800-542-5096 to register.
Look out for more healthy tips from our resident dietitian, coming soon! Do you have questions about food or dieting? We’d like to hear from you! Please share your questions in the comments section below.