Research has shown that the first week of February is when most of us give up on our New Year’s resolution. If, like many, you resolved to get healthy or go gluten-free this year, I am inviting you not to give up on your resolution or yourself!
Below are five simple steps to get you back on track and gluten-free. (And they can be applied to almost any new year’s resolution!)
1. Keep it simple. Gluten-free living is actually very simple. Just eat whole foods. You can eat as many fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, fish and lean animal protein, as you want because these foods in their natural state do not contain gluten. So, eat up!
2. Do it for yourself.
Make sure going gluten-free is something you want to do for yourself and not something you feel you should do or are doing to make someone else happy. If you are doing it because you think you should or you are doing it for someone else then you’re less likely to succeed.
3. Tell someone. Studies show that when we write it down or tell someone we are more likely to succeed at anything we do. This holds true for New Year’s resolutions as well. So go tell someone you’re going gluten-free!
4. Have a partner or join a group. Research show that we are more likely success with a partner or friend than alone. We are tribal and community creatures and we thrive when we have support. So grab a friend and get going! Or find a gluten-free meet-up or support group.
5. Make a plan.
Rather than one big goal, commit to several smaller steps. Make a plan and write it down. Instead of resolving to go gluten-free for life; resolve to go gluten-free for three weeks. After three weeks if you’re feeling better, keep going!
I’ve included a delicious gluten-free soup to help keep you on tract with your new year’s resolution.
Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash SoupServes 4-6