New Year, Resolutions, and New Habits: Setting Realistic Goals in 2024

Happy 2024! As we usher in a new year, many of us are pulling out our resolution lists and thinking about eating in a healthier way. However, with so much information out there about nutrition, it can be overwhelming. But fear not, for we have some tips and insights to help guide you on this delightful journey.

Setting Realistic Nutritional Goals
The allure of transforming our entire diet overnight can be tempting, but the key is to set realistic goals. When it comes to diet changes, less is more. To avoid getting overwhelmed, start with a small objective. It might be as straightforward as choosing to drink more water or incorporating fruit into your daily routine. According to Harvard Health, focusing on one change at a time can significantly increase the likelihood of it becoming a lasting habit. To further enhance your chances of success, plan your meals in advance. Writing down your goals and having a pre-planned grocery list can simplify the shopping process and keep you on the right track.

Safely Trying Out New Foods
Venturing out and savoring new foods is one of life’s joys. But with novelty comes caution. Before diving into unfamiliar dishes, do a bit of research. Some foods, delicious as they might be, may not sit well with everyone, so it’s vital to be informed and ready. If you’re introducing a new food to your diet, begin with small portions. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, sampling a small amount initially allows your body to adjust and provides you with a chance to decide if it suits your palate. Always pay attention to how you feel post-meal, trust your gut, and listen to your body. If something doesn’t sit right, it’s best to consult with a professional.

New Foods to Try in 2024
Speaking of new foods, there are some thrilling and healthy options gaining traction this year. Consider the jackfruit, a large yellow fruit that, when cooked, can resemble the flavors of chicken or pork. Or you might savor seaweed snacks, a crunchy, salty nibble straight from the ocean’s depths. And don’t overlook chia seeds. Highly versatile, these tiny nutritional powerhouses that can be sprinkled onto almost anything, offering both texture and health benefits.

Remember that the journey towards healthier eating is as much an adventure as it is a process. Set attainable goals, introduce new foods cautiously, and always tune into your body. Every step, no matter how small, counts. Minor habit shifts can eventually become an integral part of our lasting lifestyle. Here’s to a healthy and nutritious 2024!

Written by Irisvette Lagoa and Elizabeth C. Shephard

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Elizabeth Shephard, Family and Consumer Science Agent with UF/IFAS Brevard County
Posted: January 11, 2024

Category: , Health & Nutrition, Professional Development, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Food, Goals, Health, New Year, Resolutions

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