After completing the marathon of eating and drinking that is the holiday season, we wake up on January 1 prepared to make a fresh start. We’ve reflected on the year behind us and begin to welcome in the new opportunities and challenges the New Year holds. For many of us, making New Year’s resolutions is an important part of this process. While some simply vow to binge-watch that show they’ve been wanting to see on Netflix, others take this opportunity to make promises to themselves regarding self-improvement. According to a Nielsen survey conducted last January, the top resolution among Americans for 2015 was to “stay fit and healthy.”
The New Year is a great time to embark on a healthy eating plan, not only because you’ll have the support of others doing the same, but because making a resolution for the year implies a more long-lasting change. “Going on a diet assumes that one day you will go off it,” says certified integrative nutrition health coach and kitchen coach Liza Baker. A New Year’s resolution, on the other hand, implies that this endeavor will be sustained for the rest of the year, and maybe even for the rest of time. It isn’t a diet; it’s a lifestyle change.
Sarah Krieger, a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist, urges her clients to focus on just one meal at a time to boost confidence. “It may take a whole year just to get used to new eating habits,” she says. “And that’s OK if it means the changes will stick forever!” Similarly, Dr. David Greuner, one of New York’s top cardiovascular surgeons, believes in the power of positive lifestyle changes rather than quick fixes. Just as someone who underwent weight loss surgery must learn to change his or her long-term food choices to avoid rebound weight gain, he says, anyone embarking on a healthy eating plan must focus on making sustainable, realistic changes.“It may take a whole year just to get used to new eating habits. And that’s OK if it means the changes will stick forever!” -Sarah Krieger, registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist
To give you the best advice on transitioning into a healthy, happy New Year, we reached out to more than 30 nutritionists, dieticians, doctors, and other health experts. They gave us their top tips for people starting their New Year’s weight loss resolution, as well as their favorite healthy recipes. We’ve compiled a list of the 50 best recipes we received, broken up into groups of 10 for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert. Each is formulated to help you lose weight while staying nourished and energized. This isn’t about restricting your diet and depriving yourself. It’s about enjoying wholesome and delicious food.
“Over time, you will see that you will begin to crave healthy foods as your body changes for the better,” Gaby Wilday, the founder of No Fuss Lunch, assures us. By fueling your body with wholesome foods, you’ll not only lose weight, but also improve your overall nutritional status. This is essential to protecting your body against a host of preventable illnesses, including cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Need we say more? Get started today and make 2016 your healthiest year yet!