How are you going with your New Year’s resolutions? Have you achieved what you set out to achieve?
If yes, keep going, re-revaluate your goals and set another goal to achieve. Again, use the same process of adopting action based goals, “I will eat two pieces of fruit per day”, rather than outcome goals, “Eat more fruit”.
If you’re not feeling successful, don’t give up! Remember this was a goal for the whole year, so you still have plenty of time. Re-assess what worked and what didn’t. If your resolution was to eat two pieces of fruit a day, think about why this hasn’t happened. Answering the “Why?” questions will reveal the barriers to specifically work on. Did you remember to put fruit on your shopping list? Did you buy enough fruit to last you through to the next grocery shop? Did you buy fruits you like to eat? Do you need to buy fruit that is pre-chopped? Did you plan when you were going to eat the fruit?
Behaviour change is hard, as a change in routine is required, much like starting a new job; at the beginning, you need to think about what you are doing and learn how to perform the job properly. It’s the same as behaviour change needed to reach those New Year’s resolutions. At the start they’ll need some extra thought and conscious thinking, however after a few weeks or months, it will become second nature.
If you require extra knowledge, support, accountability for achieving your health goals, make an appointment with one of our dietitians.
Diet tip of the month:
Fruit can be incorporated into any meal of the day, including dessert. Check out our recipe for watermelon and raspberry salad with mascarpone.
Recipe of the month:
Watermelon and raspberry salad with mascarpone
Prep: 30 mins
Difficulty: Super easy
1kg seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1cm x 3cm pieces
125g fresh raspberries
2 teaspoons caster sugar
250g tub mascarpone cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Place watermelon and raspberries in a bowl. Sprinkle over caster sugar. Toss to combine. Set aside for 20 minutes to draw juices from fruit and form a light syrup.
Place mascarpone, vanilla and brown sugar in a small bowl. Stir until well combined. Serve watermelon mixture with mascarpone mixture.