GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It's certainly nothing new. It’s a new year and a lot of people are wanting to switch up their eating habits.
Gina Houmann, a registered dietitian with HealthPartners, says it’s important not to overwhelm yourself.
“Starting with really small and tangible, really realistic goals,” Houmann says.
She says to start with a simple tweak to your diet, work on that for a couple months, and then add another.
“If you think about, every couple of months making a small change, by the end of the year, those small changes can really add up,” she says.
So what do those changes look like? Houmann has a few suggestions that you can try out:
- Drink water instead of pop.
- Have a piece fruit for a morning snack.
- Add vegetables to lunch.
- Choose whole grain pasta, instead of white.
- Choose whole grain bread, instead of white.
Houmann says making those healthier decisions can help prevent things like heart disease and diabetes.
Be sure to remember that it's a gradual process.
“You might not see those results the next day or even the next week or the next year, but it's thinking about down road,” Houmann says.