Diet Resolution Week acknowledges the importance of healthy eating and lifestyle changes and inspires people to start making healthier lifestyle choices. This nudge is particularly welcomed at the start of the New Year. Diet Resolution Week celebrates the history of dieting and eating healthily and acknowledges the contributions of various individuals to our understanding of nutrition and better health.
As you celebrate this one-week occasion, remember that it’s all about celebrating a healthier new life — you are already beautiful just as you are.
History of Diet Resolution Week
One must first understand Diet Resolutions Week’s history to appreciate the modern-era celebration. That’s because the observation closely intertwines with the evolution of dietary science and several key figures’ contributions. The idea of changing to better eating habits for health improvement dates back centuries. Several noteworthy early scientists discovered the connection.
An English doctor called George Cheyne published “An Essay of Health and Long Life” in 1724. His piece advocated for exercise, fresh air, and avoiding rich foods. His recommendations came from personal experience after he switched to a meatless diet comprising only milk and vegetables, significantly improving his health. Today, animal rights activists cite his writings, which called for vegetarianism and the end of consuming meat.
The late 18th century brought additional advancements with Scottish military surgeon John Rollo’s 1797 written piece, “Notes of a Diabetic Case”. Rollo’s research on a meat diet for diabetes management marked an early connection between diet and specific health conditions.
The concept of a no-carb diet, now a familiar approach in modern dieting, traces back to William Banting’s 1863 booklet, “Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public”. Banting was an undertaker who improved his life by changing his eating habits and slimming down. Banting’s diet included meat, greens, fruits, and dry wine. He limited (or eliminated) carbohydrate-rich foods, like sugar, starch, and other carbohydrates. This low-carb lifestyle was a likely precursor to many contemporary diet plans.
Finally, the twentieth century brought the first weight-loss bestseller, 1918’s “Diet and Health: With Key to the Calories”, by Lulu Hunt Peters. Peters’ book popularized the concept of calorie counting for the first time. Of course, that’s a familiar method still widely used in dieting today.
How to Celebrate Diet Resolution Week
Celebrating Diet Resolution Week can be both a fun experience — committing to eating well needn’t mean drudgery! Here are some creative ways to embrace this week:
Experiment with Preparing and Cooking New Recipes
Use Diet Resolution Week to try out a few new, healthy recipes. Whether fixing a nutrient-packed smoothie bowl, a fresh quinoa salad, or a vegetable stir-fry, experimenting with several healthy ingredients can make eating exciting and enjoyable again.
Participate in or organize Diet Resolution Week workshops that focus on nutrition education. These can include cooking classes, dietitian-led panels, or even grocery store tours to learn about fresh and healthy food choices.
Pair your Diet Resolution Week festivities with a fitness challenge. Combining diet and exercise can be highly effective toward a healthier, new you. Make these changes by taking a daily walk, trying a yoga session, or holding a home workout, a friendly challenge among your co-workers or friends. Gamify it by giving out some fun food-free prizes.
Mindful Eating Practices
Focus on mindful eating. This means paying attention to what you eat, savoring each bite. Notice the sensation and texture of what you’re eating as you chew and reflect on what you like about the flavor of it. Consider where the food came from and be grateful it made it to your plate. Finally, pause for a moment. Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues.
Host a healthy potluck. Invite your friends and family to cook and bring their favorite nutritious dishes to the event. This fosters community and provides a platform to share healthy eating habits and recipes.
Along with making dietary changes, consider a digital detox to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. This can involve setting aside specific times to unplug from electronic devices. Many eat mindlessly while watching videos, unaware of their body’s cues to stop consuming.
Keep a food diary to track your eating habits. This can help in identifying patterns and making conscious changes towards healthier choices.
Join or create a support group for sharing experiences with food, challenges, and successes related to diet and health. Peer support is a powerful motivator in maintaining healthful habits.