The new year is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to think about new year’s resolutions. Food resolutions or dietary resolutions are some of the most common and most impactful goals you can set. Read on for our take on good new year’s resolutions.
Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
Looking for some healthy new year goals to set this year? Here are some broad ideas to start that process. Remember that your goals should ultimately be determined by your own health and circumstances; what is healthy and feasible for one person may not be so for another. As a bonus tip, try refining your resolutions into S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound) to help you succeed!
Ready to set some goals? Here’s our food-related new year’s resolution list to get you started!
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are packed full of nutrients and beneficial compounds. Working more fruits and vegetables into your diet during the year is a great way to boost your health! Try swapping junk food snacks for fruits or vegetables, downing a smoothie in the morning, or adding a side of vegetables to your dinner.
- Grow your own food.
Whether you’re a dab hand at gardening or want to cultivate it as a new skill this year, growing your own food can be a great gardening goal! You’ll benefit from the gardening itself, the food you grow, and the money you’ll save from not purchasing those food items at the store. Herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, cabbage—the possibilities are endless!
- Learn a new cooking skill.
Cooking your own food means you know exactly what you’re eating. You can cater your meals to your preferences and health needs. Picking up a new cooking skill like bread making or cooking with a wok will help develop your inner chef!
- Eat less meat.
Reducing your meat intake is great for the environment and can be a smart choice for your health, too! Studies show that “people who eat red meat are at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke, or diabetes.”
- Try new cuisines.
Exploring new styles of cuisine can help you find unexpected pleasures—and health benefits!
- Volunteer or donate to help increase access to healthy food in your community.
Volunteering helps you, the people you’re serving, and your community as a whole. If you’re in the North Minneapolis area, consider volunteering with us to help combat food insecurity and systemic injustice in the food system!
Whatever goals you decide to pursue, we at Appetite For Change wish you a healthy and joyful new year!
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