Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Year Resolutions

Headshot of Dr. Traci Mann
With a new year often comes a long list of resolutions. On the top of that list usually lies some type of change in diet. Due to the pandemic, many Americans say their diet has gotten increasingly worse. In a Consumer Reports article titled, “4 No-Fail Diet Resolutions,” researchers discuss how to set yourself up for success when it comes to dieting goals. The most important step is to set an “approach” goal. This type of goal may be phrased like “I will start to” and focuses on positive reinforcement. One approach goal you could say is, “I will cook with fresh, whole foods whenever possible.” Traci Mann, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, offers the tip of not buying packaged food in the first place in order to support this goal. By not buying the processed and packaged food, “it’s easier to act on good intentions in the absence of temptation.”

Composed by Flora Pollack, communications assistant.