Your Healthy Eating Toolkit for the New Year

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Many of us begin each new year with a list of resolutions, but by the end of January most if not all of those resolutions will likely have gone by the wayside, especially ones that concern diet and food. Why is it so hard to stick with these things? Well, old habits can be hard to break, and undertaking any kind of drastic change takes a special kind of willpower. If you have a specific goal -- to lose a certain number of pounds for your spring break vacation, then you do at least have that motivation. But no matter what your goal is, the key thing is to be realistic. Are you really going to give up carbs forever?

I'm a realist. I know I can't achieve those things. I don't think they're sustainable. But that doesn't mean to say I don't want to change some of my habits. So if your goal is to eat better, lose some weight, get fitter, you can do those things by setting achievable targets, by making small changes here and there that add up to a lot. So be patient, don't be disheartened if progress seems slower than you expected; in the case of weight loss, you're not going to lose weight faster than you put it on (and if you do, you won't stick to whatever method that got you there)

Here are a few things to help you if your goal is to eat less fat.

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Olive Oil. Getty Images

Know Your Fats

So you want to eat low fat. Well, that's fine. But know that your goal should not be to eliminate fat from your diet. Some people, for specific medical reasons, have to eat very low fat. Most of us, though, do not. Because some fat is needed in our diet for healthy skin and hair, for the proper absorption of certain vitamins, and so on, the goal should be to cut excess fat and to choose better-for-you fats, as I explain in "Good fats, bad fats." More »

Low Fat Foods - Fiona Haynes
Low Fat Foods. Fiona Haynes

Stocking Low Fat Foods: The Pantry

What will help you in your quest to reduce the amount of fat in your diet is to purge your pantry and restock it with healthier options. That way, you have the necessary ingredients on hand to prepare healthier meals, and little to tempt you off your chosen path. More »

Healthy Refrigerator - Martin Poole/Getty Images
Healthy Refrigerator. Martin Poole/Getty Images

Stocking Low Fat Foods: The Refrigerator

Same goes for the refrigerator. It's good to purge your refrigerator a few times a year, especially after the holidays and other celebrations. Plus, you're likely to find some out-of-date items you'd long forgotten about, so it's a useful exercise in any case. find out what you should be keeping to help you eat better. More »

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30 Ways to Cut Fat at Mealtimes

In your everyday life, it's easier than you think to trim fat here and there. Here are 30 ways to effortlessly cut fat from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. More »

Stop Sign - Ariel Haynes
Stop Sign. Ariel Haynes

10 Things You Should Stop Doing

Now that you have a good idea of what you can do to cut fat, here are 10 things you should stop doing, the first of which might surprise you. More »

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