Registered dietitian Ricia Taylor from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is here to give her best advice on how to keep up with your New Year’s resolution and stick to that diet.
Q: What resolution did you make this year?
A: I plan to limit my family’s consumption of fast foods. I keep The Calorie King- Calorie, Fat, Carbohydrate Counter in the car and my kids and I make it a game to find and choose the healthiest options.
Q: What is a common resolution that you hear from people?
A: People often vow to stop eating carbohydrates to lose weight. Carbohydrates are actually your body’s preferred source of energy and should be included with most meals for optimal health. Try choosing healthier ones, such as whole grains and fresh fruit.
Q: Why do you think people fail to keep their resolutions?
A: They go to the extreme and try to implement changes that are too difficult to maintain.
Q: What is one action a person can take to stick to their resolution?
A: Be realistic. Small changes can yield lasting results. Instead of going vegetarian cold turkey, try implementing meatless Mondays for the first month.
Q: What advice would you give someone who is struggling?
A: Allow yourself flexibility. You can maintain a healthy diet and still enjoy an occasional treat. It’s what and how much you consume the majority of the time that is going to affect your overall health.