By: Food Insight Blog Contributors Date: 12/31/09
As the sun sets on 2009 and we look forward to a new year and new decade, we wanted to share some new years resolutions from the many contributors to the Food Insight blog. Enjoy!
“In 2010, I plan to reach my healthy eating and fitness goals by tracking not only what and how much I eat but also my physical activity through an online tracking database.”
“My resolution is to incorporate exercise into my life three days a week.”
“All right everyone, get your tomatoes ready, my New Year’s resolution is to be more diligent with my physical activity and get back in to running. I know it sounds like a copout to make this my New Year’s resolution considering that: a) its not really a groundbreaking; b) I just ran a marathon in October. However, my physical activity tends to ebb and flow. It can be challenging to accomplish such a big goal and pick up a week later with the same level of determination that it takes to train for a marathon. What I need is a plan. If I don’t know how I’m going to get off my couch and get active, then inactivity wins out. I enjoy breaking a sweat, but with so many options to choose from I often get lost in the decision making process and end up not working out. This is why I like having a plan, and workout goals. Lucky for me, I’m already committed to a ten-miler in the April. I can feel 2010 working for me already, it’s going to be a good year."
1.“Sign up for more charity walks/runs and play team sports: As someone who doesn’t really like to work out, I need a distraction from the fact that I’m working out. Walking for a good cause motivates me, and signing up with a group of friends or coworkers makes the walk or run go by fast. Team sports are also more fun than work for me, so a game of volleyball or softball is a good way to get in a workout while spending time with friends.
2. Listen better to my food cravings and cues: If my body tells me it wants pasta with meat sauce, even if it’s 7:00 in the morning, there may be a reason, such as maybe I need more iron. Sometimes I find that when I listen to my cravings, I feel better. Same with knowing when to stop eating – my body usually tells me when it’s full, as long as I haven’t waited too long to eat. It’s not a perfect system, though, so if I’m craving seconds of ice cream, my “thinking” self can step in.
3. Get out during the day: It’s easy to get caught up in the long list of To Dos at work, but taking a break and getting outside in the fresh air helps me re-energize and clear my head, and relieves stress.”
“For me, 2010 represents a fresh start in so many ways. With that in mind, I’ve made three previously unused (by me) New Year’s resolutions. First, (re)learn a new language; Spanish. Segundo, I need more sleep and I plan on getting it; Necesito mas horas de sueno por favor. Finally, unlike years past, I resolve to actually follow thru on my New Year’s resolutions!”
Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak:
“In 2010, I would like to…cook more. In my evaluation of my food preparation techniques, I have determined that I am really good at “heating things up” vs. actually cooking anything. As a mother of two boys, one three years old and another just turning one year old on January third and now eating “table food,” I am feeling the need to cross over to some “real” cooking. Plus, in about 10 years or so...they will be tween and teenager boys, and I have a feeling that they will both be eating me and my husband out of house and home. Do you have any favorite family-friendly meal ideas in your rotation? It does not need to be fancy. If fact…quick and simple would be great! Please share your favorites and I will be forever grateful!”
“I seriously would like to live a more balanced life. I can never seem to juggle work, an exercise regime, and a nutritious lifestyle-I know I don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.”
“I’d like to spice up my normal exercise routine by trying out new activities and exercises, such as a new team sport, exercise class, or workout video. My motivation is my upcoming wedding day!”
“My resolution is to slow down and enjoy my food. I tend to wolf down whatever is in front of me the second it hits the table. I’d like to take time and savor my food more instead of acting like it’s a race to finish it first.”
Those are some of our resolutions. Now it’s your turn. What’s yours??