Each year as the calendar turns, the passing of time, or perhaps peer pressure, tends to get us thinking about making improvements. We're going to exercise more, eat better, save more, spend more time with family, make new friends, travel to exotic locations, catch more fish, hit our word counts more often. (Let’s not get carried away.) These days, folks often turn to the Internets to help them reach their goals. And not surprisingly, those searching for help in the diet category often turn to Mayo Clinic.
A recent story on Arizona's ABC15 reports that searches for “new years resolutions” (because who needs apostrophes or proper capitalization?) increased by 1,106 percent in recent weeks, according to the Yahoo Search trend spotters. The story also reveals the top health-related searches by category. We skipped right past the part about workout searches (what is Tabata, anyway?) to the "top-spiking diets," where we found that the "Mayo Clinic Diet" was the most virtually sought-after diet plan.
Since one thing that goes hand in hand with resolutions is breaking said resolutions, we thought we'd search out some helpful hints not just to pick a diet (we’d suggest this one), but to stick with it. And we found a few gems offered by the folks who brought us the Mayo Clinic Diet, via their Facebook page.
- Eat your veggies, but make them interesting. Try making them the highlight of your meals with these tasty (meatless) recipe ideas.
- Make activity part of your work routine. Try some workplace exercises, fitness breaks or walking meetings. Look for opportunities to stand, take a brisk walk or do some gentle stretching. Organize a lunchtime walking group. Consider these 10 ways to burn more calories at work.
- Give yourself a healthy treat. You can still stick with your new year's resolution with these strawberries and cream cheese crepes or these blueberry pancakes.
- Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude. Enough said.
- Choose what works for you. “A healthy diet is a plan that works for you — one that includes the right types of foods in the right amounts, in a way that you can enjoy and sustain long term,” says Mayo’s Donald Hensrud, M.D.
To add regular reminders that don’t feel like nagging to your resolution-keeping plan, sign up for the free Mayo Clinic Diet newsletter to get daily tips and recipes and/or follow the Mayo Clinic Diet on Facebook. Oh, and in case you missed it, The Mayo Clinic Diet was ranked third in the “Best Diets Overall” category in the recent U.S. News and World Report “Best Diets 2015,” which evaluated 35 popular diets.
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