How to Stick to Your Healthy Resolutions in 2020
Molly is wearing the Shirley Sweater.
Writing down our New Year's resolutions is easy — it's sticking to them that is the hardest part! When the ball drops on January 1st, most people vow to set healthy goals for the rest of the year. However, more often than not we find ourselves slipping up on these resolutions just after a few months.
To give us some tips and tricks on how to stick to our healthy goals in 2020, we asked celeb nutritionist Molly Rieger, MS, RD for some insight.
The New Yorker and recent mama is a successful registered dietician with a masters in clinical nutrition. Molly takes an individualized approach while working with her clients to create and maintain healthier habits. Molly also runs the successful blog and Instagram account, @MollysBest.
See below for Molly's advice on how to maintain our New Year's resolutions and be the best versions of ourselves this year!
Most people aim to be "healthier" in the New year. What does being healthy mean to you?
Being healthy means having the energy and confidence to tackle your passions while caring for yourself and those you love. It means fueling your body with nourishing foods most of the time so that you can indulge without restrictions some of the time.
There are so many diet trends out there (ie: Keto diet, intermittent fasting, FFactor.) How do we know which one is right for us? Do you have a personal favorite?
I stay away from diet trends, but if you boil down most diets they all have a few things in common: more plants, unprocessed, real foods and limiting carbohydrates. At the end of the day you have to do what feels right in your body, not what feels right for that influencer on Instagram. We all need to get reacquainted with our hunger and satiety cues to eat when we're hungry and to stop when we're satisfied and add more plants and healthy fats to our diet. I personally recommend staying away from processed bars and protein powders and focusing on real foods!
How can we stay on track and stick to our diet resolutions throughout 2020?
Rather than making grandiose resolutions, make SMART goals: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. "Lose 10 pounds", "work out 5 times a week" or
"eat more vegetables are the most frequent flyers. Let's take it a step further... Where do you plan to work out? For how long? At what time of day? Is it realistic with your schedule? What could you cut out to make more time for yourself?
It's so important that goals are achievable because as you accomplish smaller goals, your confidence and motivation will grow for those larger goals.
It's also important to not have a black and white mentality. If you don't make it to the gym 5 times one week, it is not a green light to give up entirely. Cut yourself some slack - that is life! Making it twice a week is better than nothing, right?
Final note - do it with a buddy! Having an accountability partner will help you stick to your goals when you start losing motivation.
We all get tempted by delicious treats and snacks. How can we resist these temptations?
When we are eating right it is easier to resist those temptations. Rather than the energy highs and lows from a poor diet where are bodies start seeking quick energy from sugar or refined carbohydrates, when we nourish with fiber and protein at each meal our energy is stable and cravings are kept at bay.
If you are truly craving something I recommend mindfully indulging with a few bites rather than "eating around the craving". This is where you end up snacking on what you think are healthy snacks, but will probably eat more than if you just had those few bites of what you wanted.
Finally, be prepared with healthy meals and snacks so you aren't left overly hungry at an inconvenient time with less than ideal options.
What recipe are you most excited to try this year?
Anything from Athena Calderone's cookbook, "Cook Beautiful"! She is such an inspiration to me and I love that her cookbook is categorized by seasons and uses simple ingredients in creative ways,
Mantra for 2020?
The universe responds to the vibration you are creating. What we put into the universe we will get back like an echo.
Be sure to check out mollysbest.com for recipes and inspiration and follow @MollysBest on Instagram!