News Year’s Resolutions, Simplified

By / Food / January 13th, 2014 / 1

New Year’s resolutions are difficult – 50% of resolution makers “fail” by the 31st because they’ve aimed too high. Instead, try smaller, more manageable resolutions, like a few of these.

Always remember that “falling off the wagon” isn’t a failure, it’s just part of the process.

Eat Healthier

Reduce soft drinks/fried food
Notice I didn’t say “remove”? Don’t make it the forbidden fruit; make it a well deserved reward.

Make healthy swaps
Exchange a bagel for fruit, granola and yogurt. Replace sandwiches with salad; swap poultry for red meat. Vary the meal swapped to keep the “new diet” exciting.

Cook more
With all the recipes online – and at – it has never been easier.

Live Better

Schedule “me” time
“Me” time recharges the batteries and reminds you of who YOU are, without the outside noise.

Try something new every month
You never know when you might discover a new hobby or favourite food.

No, seriously… sleep. Aim for at least 7 hours a night.

Exercise More

Take the stairs
Even if it’s just once a day.

Walk instead of taking the bus or ride your bike instead of driving your car
This will also reduce your carbon footprint and save money!

Join a recreational sports team
Socialize and exercise simultaneously!

Save Money

Savings Jar
Put anything smaller than a $5 bill in a jar at the end of each day; deposit it into a high interest savings account at month’s end.

Plan birthday and holiday gifts ahead of time
You’ll be able to catch the sales and deals.

Only use credit cards for emergencies
If you can’t afford it and your life won’t end without it, wait until your savings jar is full.


A freelance writer and editor, Lisa Hoekstra loves learning and trying new things. She can be found with her nose in a book or multiple tabs open on her browser as she researches the latest and greatest in the world of food, style and everything in between.

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