Forget the Resolutions, Try These Solutions!

Written by: Reneta Jenik, posted on 12/24/2019

Whatever your relationship is with New Year’s Resolutions, there’s a good chance you will want to boost your well-being in 2020.
Losing weight is statistically the #1 most popular resolution in the US. We here at Foodom are happy to help people achieve their slim-down ambitions and maintain them long term. Speaking from experience, I personally lost 80 pounds 4 years ago and have kept it off. The primary resolution of losing weight and getting fit are usually accompanied by plenty of other goals. These smaller, micro-focused goals are worth making a big deal out of, especially since little lifestyle habits often impact bigger things.

Even if you’re in a great shape and satisfied with your weight, you can still improve your well-being by identifying and focusing on at least one small, positive change to incorporate in 2020. Check out this list of solutions to think about while you are finishing this year and preparing for the new year.

  1. Trying one new thing each week – it can be a tasty new meal, a DJ class, a new route to work, even a new TV show or book to wind down after a hectic day.
  2. Get organized and plan ahead more – studies show that being organized can relieve stress and boost productivity, two things essential for conquering your goals. Having your meals planned ahead and a weekly scheduled cooking service not only allows you to manage your time more effectively but also provides you and your loved ones with the nutrition they need and deserve. This will free up more time and dramatically reduce the stress in your life.
  3. Eat at home more often. Eat vegetables with every meal. Stop eating fast food – These days it’s way too easy to Doordash a meal or grab a pizza or a burger on the way home (See #2). We need to focus on eating at home more often and adding healthy things like veggies to our plates. More important still is to remove processed foods from our diet. When you prioritize the healthy stuff, you’ll automatically eat less of the “bad” stuff without feelings deprived.
  4. Be grateful, focus on the positive – when you wake up or before you go to sleep, tell yourself a couple things you are grateful for that day. Better yet, write it down and keep a journal of positive thoughts and moments. Robert Emmon’s research on the link between gratitude and well-being confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. It lets you sleep better and increases self-esteem; We all heard that thoughts create reality, think positive and positive things will happen to you. Even negative things will turn toward a positive perspective. How does this work? Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels. Even when faced with a debilitating illness, positive feelings and thoughts can greatly improve one’s quality of life.
  5. Establish a date night and stick to it – researchers say that couples who spend time alone together at least once a week are 350% more likely to report being happy in their marriages. Even more beneficial is they are also 350% times more sexually satisfied than couples who don’t make time for each other. So learn from happy couples, book a home-cooked dinner date night for your loved one.
  6. Invite a friend or a neighbor for dinner – Why not? In a world where everyone is constantly connecting and communicating online, there’s something truly unique about reaching out to a good friend or a neighbor and connecting face to face over a healthy meal. Most Foodom meals are scalable for free up to 10 servings, meaning you can have plenty of food to invite a few friends over.

Having an affordable in-home cooking service opens up new possibilities in 2020, such as:

Having an affordable in-home cooking service opens up new possibilities in 2020, such as:

  • Spend more time with family – sometimes it’s easy to take the people closest to us for granted. Carving quality time with them every day, even just a short time, can improve the family relationships and well-being.
  • Garden – Just imagine the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs you could have to go from backyard to fork!
  • Volunteer – One of the most rewarding things in life is to give unconditionally to those that are in need. Teaching our children these values is as equally important as we are their role models. Whether its one-off experiences like helping in a local community thrift store or long term plans like volunteering in animal shelters or mentoring grade school children, your commitment to volunteering this year can be as flexible and wide-reaching as you’d like. If you are not sure where to start, reach out to me and I am happy to share ideas with you!
  • Go to bed earlier – Not only can skimping on sleep make it more difficult to show your boss how smart and together you really are, it can also hinder your weight loss efforts. In fact, losing just 30 minutes of sleep has been linked to increased appetite and weight gain.
  • Walk – One of the simplest ways to get some exercise is to start walking. Not sure how to allocate 30-45 minutes a day for a walk? Easy, instead of cooking yourself or waiting in the restaurant to get your meal, invite an in-home cooking service that can save you 1-2 hours a day. Now go brush off the dust from those sneakers.
  • Have some ME time – Spending time alone allows you to unwind, reflect and reboot. It also allows you to develop a better relationship with yourself. More possibilities include extra time to work out, get stronger, read more, practice yoga, explore new hobbies, laugh more, go on adventures and do a triathlon.

Write us in the comments what will you do with extra free time to improve your well-being in 2020.

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