Let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions and maybe this year, make a New Year’s resolution that you will actually keep. But first, let’s consider the alternatives:

January 1st: “We are never going to eat sugar again.  Yup, that’s my resolution this year.  I’m sick of feeling like crap, I’m sick of the kids being sick and we need to lose the weight….for good.”  

We’ve probably all either said something like this, or know someone else who did (either on or around New Year’s Day).  Why is it that each January, we feel like we can go from eating a diet full of sugary treats and fast food to eating an entirely unrefined, whole foods diet overnight?  

Let’s think about it a different way.  Would you ever say something like this?:

“Well guys, that’s it, I’m only speaking Spanish from now on.  Yup, I’m just going to head to Spain and start speaking their language.  I think I can just pick it up from being immersed in it, plus I have a Spanish-English dictionary. Sure, it’ll be tough, I’ll need to really have some willpower, but that’s the way I’m going to learn the language.  It’s the best choice for me.  Best way to do it, just dive right in and never look back*.”

Your reaction to this would likely be somewhere between raising a suspicious eyebrow and telling that person that they are clearly insane.  But when someone tells us they’re giving up sugar for the rest of their lives, cold turkey, despite a habit of eating a few donuts a day, we often don’t have that same reaction.  In fact, we might decide to join them on this journey towards doom!

The reason these extreme resolutions don’t work is because eating healthy, like learning a new language, is a skill. Just like a language, it is best learned one step at a time, gradually.  It is best learned with a teacher who is already fluent in that language.  Just like learning a language begins with learning simple vocabulary, learning to eat well begins with something simple like, perhaps, replacing your daily donut with an apple.  Then maybe you start to drink more water.  Then you cut back on coffee.  Then alcohol.  Then you learn a few great healthy dinner recipes, etc.  You wait until each change becomes habitual before moving on to the next one.  This takes TIME. 

I can honestly say that in my case, going from a pretty typical Canadian diet of chocolate bars, diet coke, pizza and Kraft dinner, to my current whole foods diet took over 5 years.  But it stuck!  And now, it is effortless.  I don’t have to look up recipes and think about meals that much because it’s habitual.  Just like a fluent English speaker doesn’t have to consult a dictionary for every other word they read in a novel. 

It takes time to become “fluent in nutrition” and the best way to do it is to practice with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.  Think of it as having a nutrition tutor.  There is a lot of misinformation on the internet regarding nutrition and having someone who has trained with health professionals to guide you along the way will help you avoid making mistakes and can make the transition easier.  This year, if you are interested in making New Year’s Resolutions for improved health that you will actually keep; resolutions that will gradually lead you and your family toward big results, click here to book a free discovery call today and we can discuss working together.

*Interesting note: there is a guy who is actually famous for doing this and he’s fluent in several languages:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Lewis