Are you New Year's RESOLVING to improve your health? As a family physician, I hope the answer is YES! All of us have room for improvement, even if we are going from good to GREAT. Regardless of your starting point, I'd like to offer a new health strategy.
Here is my 20-1-7 CHALLENGE:
For the first TWENTY weeks of this year,
Pick ONE healthy change every Sunday, and
Commit to that change for SEVEN days.
Simple enough, right? Obviously, feel free to KEEP that new healthy habit if it is working for you. Even if only half of your twenty new health changes end up sticking, think how far ahead you will be! Trying something new each week will help you stay motivated, and knowing you only "have" to keep up the new change for seven days gives you bite-sized improvements that should encourage success.
I will post my personal health improvement goal each week, which will keep me accountable. Feel free to share my suggestions or create your own. I'm going to start with dietary changes, but my 20-1-7 challenge will not be limited to the traditional "diet and exercise"- let's shake it up!
COLOR: 20-1-7 Challenge Week #1
At EVERY meal, I will add one more COLOR (translation, one more serving of fruit or vegetable that is a different color than whatever I started with on my plate.)
(Example: My breakfast is typically a yogurt and a banana, so I will keep that, but add in a serving of berries. If dinner is spaghetti and a green salad with tomatoes, I will add in carrots or yellow squash.)
BOTTOM LINE: Join me in the 20-1-7 CHALLENGE and let's improve our health!