At least that is what most of us pledge on when the clock hits midnight.  I recently came across this article on the most popular New Year’s resolutions.  Not surprisingly, weight loss, exercise and reducing stress are among the top ten goals Americans have set for themselves in 2011.  If you plan to lose weight, why not refocus that goal slightly and resolve to make small changes in your daily eating habits?  Little changes can add up to big success!  To help get you started check out my tips:

1) Bring Back Breakfast

If you found yourself skipping breakfast in 2010 due to the mad morning rush; resolve to eat breakfast daily this year.  Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.  Some quick and healthy breakfast choices include:

  • Whole grain cereal with fresh fruit and low-fat milk
  • Fruit and yogurt smoothie
  • Oatmeal made with skim milk, raisins and nuts
  • Yogurt with low fat granola and fresh fruit

2) Practice Portion Control

In order to downsize our clothing, we must downsize our portion size.  Review correct portion sizes and then start measuring your food to stay within the appropriate portions.

3) Re-Think your Drink

Beverages contribute nearly a quarter of our total daily calories.  Resolve to drink less soft drinks and sugary drinks and more water and low-fat milk.  Remember, milk provides an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and high-quality protein.

4) Fit in Fitness

The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association recommend 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week to maintain health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.  Click here for some ideas on how to get started with or improve your physical activity routine.

5) Chose Nutrient Rich Foods First

Nutrient rich foods include 100% whole grains, low fat and fat free dairy, fruit, vegetables and lean protein.  These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, which are all important in maintaining good health.  Fill your plate with nutrient rich food first.

Here’s to 2011 and keeping resolutions!

Laura Buxenbaum, MPH, RD, LDN