Tips for your New Year’s resolutions

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Tammy Roberts, MS, RD, LD, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Bates County, University of Missouri Extension

It’s that time of year when we think about changes we want to make in our lives. For many people, those resolutions include a vow to eat healthy, exercise and/or lose weight.

Before you start thinking about how to make your change and assure it happens, you have to figure out what changes you want to make. Be realistic about changes you will be able to make. People who set a specific goal (I will walk 30 minutes most days) have a much better chance at being successful than people who set a more general goal (I’m going to get in shape.) People who make one or two changes at a time are also more likely to be successful than those who try to change everything all at once.

Here are some suggestions for habits that can make a positive impact on your health:

  • Eat breakfast
  • Drink three cups of low-fat or fat-free milk every day
  • Decrease sodium to no more than 2400 milligrams per day
  • Decrease fat to no more than 30 percent of your total calories (around 67 milligrams)
  • Drink 6-8 cups of water per day
  • Eliminate or decrease soda

It takes at least 21 days to change a habit. Some things that will help you stay on target with making positive changes in your life include…

To learn more about how to make healthy habits stick, read the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut246.htm

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