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Whole Living magazine February 2012

3 Great Ways to Keep That Healthy New Year’s Resolution

Whole Living February 2012We’ve all made and broken them, but several magazines are offering great tips to help us keep our healthy New Year’s resolutions.

The most popularly made—and perhaps broken—of New Year’s resolutions got a lot of support from the first magazine issues each New Year. Cover after cover promised “light recipes” with “big flavor, no guilt” to result in a “new you!”

But simply resolving to lose weight and eat better may be the source of the problem. For the first year ever, I tried to be very specific with my list of resolutions—or more specifically, the things I wanted to accomplish over the next 12 months.

While they fall into some of those typical generic resolutions like “lose weight” and “eat better,” I have a step-by-step action plan that seems much more attainable than the usual all-encompassing, wide-ranging and rarely accomplished wish list.

With the power of these specifics in mind, I waded through all the low-fat this and cleansing diet that in the new year issues of magazines, and I found three very concrete and useful tools that may help you or a friend if losing weight or changing your eating habits is a goal this year.

If committing yourself to a weight loss plan for an entire year seems overwhelming, try Whole Living magazine’s 21-day cleanse. It’s got an action plan with small steps to take each day, a list of things to avoid, secrets for success and three weeks of recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But this is more than a diet. This addresses preparing your mind and your body to maximize the effect of the cleanse. Even if it’s not something you stick to regularly, Whole Living suggests revisiting the plan occasionally, even if just for a few days, to give your body a “tune-up.”

One of the lesser emphasized points of Whole Living’s plan was the impact of having a support group, while EatingWell magazine focused solely on the “social network diet.” Involving friends, family, co-workers, your spouse and, yes, even your contacts on the modern social network, can create accountability and provide much needed encouragement.

The magazine shared the story of a woman named Deanne Hobba who reached out to her various support groups—and even built some new ones—to back her up as she lost 123 pounds. But there’s more than inspiration here.

EatingWell followed Hobba’s story with “The Ultimate Get-Slim Guide,” packed with tips, social support sites, calorie-counting apps and a five-day meal plan to get you started.

Motivation for healthy eating could even be found in the most unlikely of sources. Cooking with Paula Deen offered a healthy homemade gift to give in support of a friend’s New Year’s resolutions—or to keep for yourself.

Her Greek vinaigrette combines olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard and Greek seasoning that can be prepared, bottled and presented with a note of encouragement attached. The magazine also included a recipe for big Greek salad packed with fresh veggies and feta cheese.

Here’s another tip: Don’t skimp on the olive oil by going light. While all olive oils are high in fats (the heart-healthy ones), light versions have less flavor.

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4 Simple Ideas to Help With Weight Loss

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Making healthier food choices, whether eating in a restaurant or at home, is key to losing weight. But allow yourself a small amount of wiggle room from time to time to stay sane and prevent gorging.

Anyone who has ever tried to lose a few pounds has undoubtedly heard a very simple piece of advice: “Just eat less and move more.” For many, that’s easier said than done.

I’m four weeks into an 8-week program at my gym where I’m working with a personal trainer and a dietician. As the big 4-0 approaches, I want to lose a few pounds, sure, but more than that I want to live every day in a healthier way. I can’t say that the pounds are melting off, but I am losing at a healthy rate. Without even thinking about the scale though, I feel better, my stamina and endurance are increasing, and I look forward to my workouts. A good workout makes me want to eat well, and a day of eating well makes me want to get a good workout in. It’s a positive cycle that I’m hopeful I’m turning into healthy habits.

I roll my eyes at the “eat less, move more” idea. For anyone who has struggled with 5 or 50 pounds or even more, we know that it’s about much more than that. Although I’m not holding myself to a strict set of rules (rules are meant to be broken, after all), there are some simple ideas that seem to be helping me along the way. Maybe they can help you too.

  1. Make the healthier choice. Whether I’m in a restaurant trying to choose an entree or at home with a sandwich trying to decide on a side, I tell myself simply: “Make the healthier choice.” Tomato soup beats chips on the side of my sandwich. A grilled chicken dish trumps a fried one when I’m eating out.
  2. Enlist a friend. Finding someone who understands the frustrations, the challenges and the successes that come with losing even 5 pounds is vital. They can celebrate milestones with you, encourage you when you need it and provide support. You can do the same for them.
  3. Schedule fitness. Do more than tell yourself that you’ll get to the gym three times this week. Put it on the calendar! Make sure everyone in the house can see it. Scheduling workout time is just as important as scheduling a meeting with a client. It deserves a slot on your calendar.
  4. Forgive and forget. Eating healthy doesn’t mean that I can never again have another cupcake for the rest of my life. I had one Sunday in fact. I was hungry for one, so I had one. Having one and moving on was much better for me than wanting cupcakes and thinking about them for days, and then gorging on four in one sitting.

It’s not easy, but with a few simple thoughts guiding me, I know I’m heading in the right direction.