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A Complete Healthy Diet Plan For This New Year

A Complete Healthy Diet Plan For This New Year

20 Eating Resolutions That Work

Ask just about anyone if they’d like to make the coming year a healthy one and they’ll say yes. Ask if they’d like to eat better and there’s a good chance you’ll hear yes again. Although it’s a tremendous goal, truth is it’s too big. From two decades assisting consumers in setting healthy eating goals, here are 20 proven do-able goals that if done consistently will achieve the grand goal of eating better.

  1. Eat breakfast – even if just a very small amount of food, within 2 hours of waking up.
  2. Eat food along with that morning coffee. Coffee alone is not a balanced breakfast.
  3. Take your “energy medicine” (food) in moderate doses every 3 to 4 hours throughout the day.
  4. Make meals balanced: Half the plate as vegetables, ¼ as lean protein and ¼ as whole grains.
  5. Stay well hydrated. Drink 4 to 8 ounces of water every time you eat.
  6. Pack a healthy lunch.
  7. Eat an afternoon snack to prevent overdoing it at dinner.
  8. Practice stopping when full, not stuffed.
  9. Eat more fruits and vegetables overall. Include in all meals and all snacks.
  10. Add more fibre to your life. Read labels and choose foods with the most fibre.
  11. Enjoy a maximum of 1 drink/day (women) and 2 drinks/day (men) or less.
  12. Watch salt intake. 77% of the excess we eat is from processed food, not the shaker.
  13. Buy groceries regularly. A good supply at home means better meals and snacks.
  14. Do an extra produce pickup at least once/week over and above your big shopping day.
  15. Don’t write off restaurant meals. See point 4 and make this work even when dining out.
  16. Limit or totally avoid soda pop and juice.
  17. Be mindful of liquid calories overall – including cream and sugar added to tea or coffee
  18. Follow the 80-20 rule making healthy choices at least 80% of the time but leaving room for occasional treats.
  19. Get good paring knives, a cutting board and supplies to make healthy food prep easier.
  20. Monitor your total sugar intake and work on reducing it.
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