New Year’s resolutions are a time to set new goals for a healthier you. Whether you are resolved to achieve a healthy weight, boost your immune system, fight inflammation, live a more peaceful life, get in touch with your environment, or simply feel and look better, the answer to all of the above is simple: Power up on a plant-based diet strategy!
Among the most popular New Year’s resolutions are losing weight and getting in shape, followed by kicking bad habits like smoking and drinking. Other favorites include making more time for family, charity, education, travel, and other goals of personal improvement. The unfortunate thing about these good intentions is that they usually don’t last and cause only more pressure and stress.
The holiday season is behind us, and while the cheering was a lot of fun, it is now time to go back to a healthier eating regimen, especially if the scale indicates that you’ve been overdoing it a little. Unfortunately, the pound or two you may have acquired over the past few weeks tend to stick around and will not easily be gotten rid of even with dieting and exercise.
“Resolution season” is upon us, that notoriously short period at the beginning of the year when people take notice of the fallout from their holiday celebrations. For some, it’s almost an annually reoccurring event, like the holidays themselves. Then after a few weeks (at best), things go back to normal as interest in better eating and lifestyle choices wanes or becomes an intermittent afterthought.
Now that the holidays are behind us, the damage inflicted on waistlines and other body parts bearing the marks of every dietary misdeed, no matter how harmless and forgivable it seemed at the time, will be lamented by millions. But I say, no need for self-flagellation. What’s done is done. Let bygones be bygones, we’ll do better from hereon in.
Around the holidays you probably attend numerous luncheons, dinner parties, and other social gatherings that restaurants will cater. If you travel, you likely make less-than-stellar meal or snack choices. While dining out can be a pleasurable experience and a welcome deviation from home cooking, you want to be prepared whenever you find yourself in any of these situations.