5 tips to actually stick to your nutrition resolutions all year

You may have started off 2021 with good intentions, but have your resolutions already fallen by the wayside? Nutritionist Steph Geddes on how to make better resolutions to ensure success.

New Year’s resolutions can be really exciting but they often get pushed to the side a few days in, only to be remembered the following New Year that you never actually followed through! This does not have to be the case, it’s all about preparing, planning and setting up the right environment to give yourself maximum opportunity to actually stick to your resolutions.

It’s much better to slowly build up small, sustainable habits over time as opposed to any quick fix fads so it’s super important to set resolutions that are actually sustainable and achievable. Here are some of my top tips to get you started:

#1. Clean out your pantry

This is such a great place to start and a fun one to do in the new year, particularly after the silly season! Fill your pantry with wholegrains, nuts, seeds, legumes, extra virgin olive oil, dark chocolate, herbal tea, wholegrain flours and nutritious snack items so you always have healthy ingredients on hand.

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Don’t forget your convenience options too, like tinned fish, legumes, tomatoes and coconut milk. Look at the ingredients labels on your current products and make healthier swaps with products that have a more nutritious ingredient list (you know your peanut butter should only have peanuts and maybe a touch of salt right?). With a nutrient-dense pantry like this, you are setting yourself up to smash those resolutions

#2. Plan, plan, plan!

This is most definitely the key to success. Being organised keeps you accountable and productive. If you’re needing help in this department, a food diary is a great way to do it.

#3. Create your own recipe library

Having a database of quick and easy recipes to cook on the go is essential for a healthy diet. Do some research to find a range of recipes you love, this will not only make cooking healthy meals so much more enjoyable but you’ll be getting a wider range of plant foods into your diet which we know is so important for our health.

#4. Focus on your veggie servings

This is the game changer! No matter what kind of healthy eating goals you have, keep this as your main focus and you will be much more likely to achieve your goals. You should be aiming for at least five servings of vegetables every day (don’t worry if this shocked you, only five percent of Australians actually reach this target).

This may seem like a lot at first but soon will become the norm once you get used to serving veggies at every meal. This ensures your body receives nutritional benefits and it also crowds out eating extra junk… bonus!

Having a goal of five serves every single day is a fantastic way to keep you on track. Just remember one serve = one cup of raw salad veggies or ½ cup cooked veggies or ½ cup legumes.

#5. Get guidance from qualified professionals

While fad diets don’t work and aren’t sustainable, you could try a wholefood eating program initially to take the guesswork out of meal planning and also to find some staple recipes – just ensure you find a program run by a qualified professional.

Steph Geddes is a nutritionist and also the founder of Body Good Food. You can get a copy of her 2021 Body Good Food Diary here.