Ah, the New Year. A time for reflecting on the months just passed, looking forward to spring, making resolutions – and breaking them a few weeks later? Wait, what?
This year, why not make resolutions that will stick. After all, what’s a healthy resolution going to achieve if that new juicer just ends up in your summer garage sale?
Try these healthy and achievable resolutions for a revolutionary 2015.
- Eat less (but just a little). Resolutions are about achieving something, not depriving yourself. Smaller dishes are the ticket to portion control, not willpower – think back to your over piled plate at the last holiday feast and you’ll know what we mean.
- Eat more green. Resolve to add something green to every meal – a small salad, sautéed kale, a handful of fresh parsley – for a delicious nutrient boost.
- Add antioxidants. From berries to winter squash, brightly coloured fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants that promote health.
- Reach out. Make your resolutions about more than just you. This year, try devoting more time to catching up with old friends, or making new ones. Research suggests that being friendly means you’re less likely to get a cold, so get in touch!
- Hydrate. Drinking more water is the number one thing most of us can do to improve our health. A hydrated body is a happy body, so resolve to sip on 2 litres of water a day. Add lemon, mint, or frozen berries to keep it interesting.
- Stay active. Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. This year, commit to joining a sports team, running a certain number of km a month, or picking up a new pursuit – whatever keeps you inspired and active.
What are your resolutions? Share them with me in the comments!
 Cohen, S., Doyle, W.J., Turner, R., et al. (2003). Sociability and susceptibility to the common cold. Psychol Sci, 14(5):389-95.