Resolution 3: Eat Healthier
According to the USDA, eating healthier is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions in the US. Whether it’s eating more whole grains or figuring out how to eat more non-starchy vegetables, the best way to start eating healthier is to focus on one change at a time. One of my friends is an avid pasta eater, and while he loves food and works out a lot, his diet isn’t the most balanced. He asked me for one way to start eating healthier, so last semester I gave him the goal of at least two fruits a day. Now that he’s gotten into the routine of eating fruit every day, he is ready for this semester’s goal: choose lean meats like chicken and pork and eat a full serving of non-starchy vegetables at least once a week. While some people are able to make big changes to their diets overnight, many are more like my friend who are more willing to stick with something with gradual changes.
So, instead of a resolution to only eat healthy, make a resolution to eat healthier. Focus on making small changes to your eating habits rather than completely remodeling your diet. One way to do this: Pick a goal each month such as replacing your lunch sandwich white bread with wheat bread or have a serving of fruit at breakfast. Eating healthy is not all or nothing! Only one glass of milk a day is better than no milk.
For students at BU, Sargent Choice makes eating healthier easy: just look for the Sargent Choice sticker at the GSU and Breadwinners or choose Sargent Choice options in the dining halls. For more information on what Sargent Choice is and what options are available, be sure to explore the Sargent Choice website! Another great resource for BU students is FREE nutritional counseling from registered dietitians at the Sargent Choice Nutrition Center, located on the 6th floor of Sargent College. Simply go online and sign up for a meeting.
There are tons of other great resources out there for people looking to make healthy changes in 2012: Blogs featured in our Best of the Food Web series, ChooseMyPlate.gov, and FruitsandVeggiesMoreMatters.org are all wonderful resources!
Have any healthy eating tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!