Five New Year’s Resolutions for Foodies

2014 New Year's Resolution

New Year’s resolutions – every year I make them and most years, I manage to keep them in some fashion. Here are five New Year’s resolutions that have to do with food.

5 New Year’s Resolutions

1. Spend more time with family and friends – Maintaining social connections can be good for your health. It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. Eating out with people you love or making dinner or a tray of snacks and having people over is one way to pull people together.

2. Help others – Helping others is its own reward, but it can also be rewarding for you. A recent study showed that volunteers receive both mental and physical health benefits from their efforts. Volunteer Match can help you find an organization near you that needs help, such as a food bank or Meals on Wheels. If you have more money than time, donating to charities is just as helpful.

3. Learn something new – I think you can never have too much information. Now, with the internet, information about nearly everything is at our fingertips. If you ever find yourself wondering β€œwhy?” about anything at all, there’s probably a web site or a book or an online class devoted to that topic. Spend some time on yourself and…well, it will expand the range of your questions. Yes, more whys. What do you wonder about?

4. Save money with less food waste – Worldwide, four billion pounds of food is wasted each year. In the U.S., if everyone wasted 5% less food, that would save enough food to feed four million Americans. The wasted food costs the U.S. $165 billion per year, or $434 per person annually. That amount isn’t just in the grocery receipts; it also includes other costs, such as the cost of hauling off the waste.

5. Eat healthier – Limiting the amount of processed foods in your diet, or even cutting them out altogether, can improve your health in a short time. Processed foods often have the nutrients stripped out of them during production, with only some of the nutrients replaced during enrichment. Replace processed foods with whole foods for better nutrition.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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One comment
  1. MBB Bags

    I would also add: Go natural. People are spending too much time indoors and being sedentary and eating processed foods. Go to the farmer’s market and learn to eat clean, natural foods.

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