It’s Early Enough in the New Year to Commit to a Healthier You

It’s never too late to make a plan to make wise choices when it comes to eating. “Goals should be challenging, yet achieveable,” says Laura Vetter, outpatient nutritionist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and author of the Ask Saint Peter’s nutrition blog
 
Here are Laura’s tips for a year of success.
 
Assess your food and beverage choices and lifestyle.
  • Keep track of your intake and activity to identify behaviors you would like to change.
 Assess your goals.
  • Divide big goals into small goals.
  • Goals should provide answers to “How much?” or “How many?”
  • “I will eat better” can be divided into “I will eat one piece of fruit per day” or “I will drink 20 ounces of water each day”
 Assess your limits.
  • Evaluate your progress every week and update your plan based on your progress.
  • Be honest with yourself. If exercising for 30 minutes after work is not feasible, consider 10 minutes three times per day.
Laura Vetter, RDN, CDE, CSO, CSP, Outpatient Nutritionist, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, counsels patients on healthy eating. To make an appointment, reach out to her at nutritionist@saintpetersuh.com.   
 

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