A recently published study headed by researchers from the University of Stockholm’s Department of Psychology investigated the New Year’s resolutions and success rates of nearly 1,100 people. Almost two-thirds of them (66 percent) involved physical health or diet.
And there’s no question about it; the quickest path to achieving peak physical health, weight loss, and eating goals is a plant-based diet!
The participant’s top 15 New year’s resolutions (in order of percentage):
- Physical health – 33 percent
- Weight loss – 20 percent
- Eating – 13 percent
- Self-improvement – 9 percent
- Mental health and sleep – 5 percent
- Work and studies – 4 percent
- Tobacco – 3 percent
- Consumption – 2 percent
- Personal finance – 2 percent
- Drinking – 2 percent
- Friends and family – 2 percent
- Home environment – 2 percent
- Hobbies – 1 percent
- Engagement- 1 percent
- Love -1 percent
Tips for succeeding at all 15 New Year’s resolutions:
Over the past five days, I’ve done 5,000 pushups. Much of my success is due to my 2020 New Year’s Resolution to practice MESH, my daily 2- to 5-minute routine of meditation, exercise, stretching, and hydration.
Complete MESH once or up ten times a day (like I try to do.) Whatever you decide, consistency and accountability are essential to succeeding.
Two studies published a few weeks apart this fall pointed to plant-based eating as a superior weight loss method. In one, participants following a specific whole-food, plant-based diet lost almost a pound a week.
Want to change your eating habits? Replace the unhealthy ingredients in your diet with healthy fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, herbs and spices.
When was the last time you tasted a kiwi? Kiwis are the only fruit with the daily recommended intake of vitamin c, and they pack an immunity-boosting punch.
Don’t assume that eating healthy will be a tasteless chore. You might be surprised to find it’s among the most enjoyable of your New Year’s resolutions.
In addition to reading and writing more in 2020, I wanted to improve my diet. So when I read Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work, I knew I had to start blogging every day.
In his words:
“Amateurs might lack formal training, but they’re all lifelong learners. The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn and make a commitment to learning it in front of others.”
Following his advice, I began learning in front of my readers.
Tomorrow’s blog post will be my 365th of 2020. In one way or another, each one has shared how something I learned each day was making my life better.
Mental Health and Sleep
Another study I wrote about this year found that increasing fruit and vegetable intake is one of the most effective ways to improve mental health:
“[G]reater fruit and vegetable consumption was associated with lower odds of depression, psychological distress, self-reported mood and anxiety disorders and poor perceived mental health.”
Work and Studies
When it comes to work or studies, it’s best to love what we do. I thrive by combining my work with my passions!
For example, I had the chance to speak at the Fast Casual Executive Summit this year. So I told the online audience that it’s time to act by making business decisions that positively impact the environment.
I explained that we want future generations to say of ours, “Hey, they did something about it. In 2020/2021 they really began taking our ecosystem’s health seriously.”
I’m passionate about the environment – and take every opportunity to pass my excitement on!
I’ve had employees committed to plant-based eating who couldn’t kick their smoking habit. Success in starting a good practice doesn’t automatically give us the strength to stop a bad one.
My favorite quote from the movie Thank You for Smoking captures our conflicting feelings about giving up unhealthy things:
“… I’m sure that the tobacco industry would consent to having these [warning] labels put on our product, if [they] will acknowledge the tragic role that [their] product is playing, by putting the same warning labels on these deadly chunks of solid, low-density lipoprotein that go by the name of Vermont cheddar cheese.”
The connection between a bad diet and smoking is real. It is possible to kick bad habits.
More tomorrow on the top New Year’s resolutions in my final post of 2020!