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Eating healthy after resolutions fail

March 8, 2018
Amanda Bohlen , MOV Parent

Starting off a new year always comes with resolutions. It was reported that last year's top resolutions dealt with health and wellness. The top two resolutions consisted of staying fit and healthy and losing weight. This year is no different with losing weight at the top again. Trying to find a parking spot at a gym the month of January is about impossible. However, by February there are plenty of parking spots to choose from. Every year like clockwork it happens all over again. Why does it always end up this way? How many people actually keep their resolution? Nearly two thirds of people keep some part of their resolution. I fall into that 64 percent that kept part of their resolution. I will admit that I am one of those people that come up with a quirky saying to help motivate my resolution. It was more than losing weight, I also wanted to gain muscle and be healthier overall. I didn't want to be focused on one number the whole year. The beginning of the year started off great with healthier recipes and exercising more but life threw unexpected curve balls my way and it was a struggle to keep up with the new habits. Once I was able to get life more under control I started back up again.

Maybe you have been in the same boat I have. I understand how real the struggle is in creating new healthier habits. How can I make this year different you ask? Besides setting goals, breaking them down into more manageable tasks won't make your goal so hard to accomplish. You could add/change something new each week or every month. Some healthy ideas would be eating more seafood (or not fried seafood), adding more vegetables to your plate, upping your fiber intake, reducing your sugar intake and exercising more. One of your goals might be to simply eat three healthy meals at home together as a family. Sometimes our lives seem to be moving in so many different directions that it's hard not to swing through a drive thru and take it home.

At Ohio State University Extension Office of Washington County we understand what it's like to have the desire to make you and your family healthy but struggle because your family is constantly busy or you're on a budget and find it hard to try new recipes that your family will enjoy. We ourselves have been there too. Cooking Matters is an Ohio SNAP-Ed nutrition education program serving low-income adults and youth throughout the county. Our goal is to improve the likelihood that people receiving SNAP benefits will make healthy food choices within their limited budget. The curriculum teaches adults about healthy meal preparation and sensible shopping on a limited budget. Each week participants observe a multi-session course that combines hands-on food preparation with nutrition information, food budgeting and shopping techniques.

CLASS BASICS

Classes meet for two hours, one time per week for six weeks

Prepare delicious, new recipes in a fun setting

Learn to get your family excited about healthy eating

Learn tricks to buy healthy food on a budget

Take home the ingredients to recreate the recipe at home FREE.

Week 5 is a guided tour of a local grocery store with a FREE $10 shopping card

Participants must attend 4 of 6 classes in order to "graduate" and receive a guide with 60+ delicious, low-cost, family-friendly recipes

The course is free to adults over 18 and will be held Mondays, April 9 through May 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes will take place at the Evergreen Community Center, 113 Ellsworth Ave., Marietta. Space is limited so please call the OSU Extension Office to secure your spot today at 740-376-7431. Maybe you don't receive SNAP benefits but are still interested in a class like this. Please call the office and let us know that you are interested too! If there is a high demand for classes like this then we will be able to expand into working with everyone. Don't wait any longer. Let us help you with your healthier resolution! We promise you won't regret it!

 
 

 

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