UK Dietitian New Year’s Resolutions

So, January the 1st has been and gone and it’s time to get down to making those New Year’s Resolutions into practice! Don’t worry if you haven’t made any yet – it’s never to late to start setting your goals and making the changes you want to. If you’re in need of a bit of inspiration check out the blog below from our dietitians about what their resolutions are and how they’re planning to make them SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed).

Bryony Campion RD

This year our family new year’s resolution is to eat less meat. It’s a broad resolution to put in place but we’ve been thinking about it for a few months as a way to help reach our goals.

Admittedly, our motivations are both health and environment related but in summary what we hope to achieve is a lower saturated fat intake, a higher fruit and vegetable intake and a more environmentally mindful eating plan.

So, how are we fitting this into a SMART goal structure?

 

Specific:

  • We will reduce our red meat and poultry consumption to a maximum of one portion per week of each.
  • As we live by the sea and are lucky enough to have access to local free range chicken farms we will focus on replacing the meals for which we would have red meat with locally landed oily and white fish and free range eggs.
  • To encourage us to eat more vegetables we will plan to have at least two wholly vegetarian days each week, focussing on using beans, pulses, soya and quorn to provide our protein portions.
  • To make this easier we will work out a meal plan at the beginning of the week and use it to plan our grocery shopping. Our first week’s evening meal plan is available here.  For our lunches we will be focussing on having home made vegetable and pulse soups, vegetarian sandwich fillings and making sure we use up any left overs from our evening meals to reduce our household food waste.  For inspiration, have a look at our vegetarian recipe section.

Measurable:

  • To help keep track of how we are doing we will keep a list of the meals we have had and use it to make sure we are achieving our goals.

Achievable:

  • By researching the prices of vegetarian alternatives we’ve determined that changing our eating habits in this way shouldn’t cost any more than our current diet does.
  • As we already cook meals from scratch these changes shouldn’t take us any more time than we already spend on cooking although we have invested in a couple of vegetarian cookery books to give us inspiration and reduce the temptation to use more familiar meat based recipes.

Realistic:

  • These changes are realistic in light of what we want to achieve which includes include reducing our saturated fat intake, increasing our vegetable intake and eating in a more environmentally sustainable way.

Timed:

  • As we are planning to make these into a whole lifestyle change we have not set a time frame for making these changes but we plan to reassess how well we are achieving our goals at the end of January.

Keep an eye on the New Year’s Resolution Blog to see how we’re doing!

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