(NC) - Making New Year's resolutions is easy. It's keeping them that's hard. As January comes to a close, it's time to assess the staying power of your resolutions. If you're having some difficulty keeping on track, Chinese New Year on February 9 is a good opportunity to re-motivate yourself.
"We know that one third of Canadians planned to make losing weight one of their New Year's resolutions this year," says Phyllis Tanaka, a registered dietitian. "And, of those, two thirds were going to limit the amount of carbohydrates they consume. Making that resolution stick is simple when you give yourself a plan."
Phyllis' Top Five Carb-Conscious Eating Tips:
Keep Yourself Informed: Results of a recent survey reveal that one in four Canadians don't know that sugar is a carbohydrate. Yet many Canadians are choosing to limit carbs as part of their diet plan. It's wise to get all the facts together first. If you choose to limit carbs, know that carbs include not only breads, cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes and lentils but also sugars - found naturally in foods like milk, fruits and vegetables, and added to foods like jams and condiments. Take the time to learn what a carb is and how to limit carbs in your diet.
Keep It Simple: Leading a low carb lifestyle doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming. You can find low carb alternatives for many of your favourite food items at your local grocery story. The Carb Options line for example, includes many carb-conscious products, like salad dressings, sauces, side dishes and drink mixes - all from brands you know and trust.
Keep It Fun: A lifestyle that's low in carbs doesn't need to be low in variety. Use your low carb resolution as an excuse to try a new recipe.
Keep It Tasty: Eating should be pleasurable. Experiment with herbs or spices to add zing to your meals and still follow your carb-conscious lifestyle.
Keep It Realistic: Choosing to limit your carb intake is a lifestyle choice, but it shouldn't become your life. Don't be concerned if you lose track sometimes - keep your focus on the bigger picture. Remember, a healthy lifestyle includes other elements too - like routine exercise.