5 steps to keeping your New Year’s Resolution

After the delicious excesses of Xmas, we come to that time of year when we contemplate New Year’s Resolutions.

Invariably, at 12:01AM on 1st Jan 2012, many of us will resolve to eat more healthily in the coming year. In fact, 7 million of us every year in the UK resolve to improve some aspect of our health.

Do you make the same resolution every year which, come February, has already been long forgotten? This year, try making a good resolution. Here are our 5 top tips.

1. Make manageable goals

Caught up in the Xmas guilt, big promises made hastily (“I will only eat healthy foods this year”) are a recipe for disaster.

By all means, resolve to eat healthily or lose weight but don’t burden yourself with impossible expectations.

Make more realistic goals. You’ll be more likely to stick to your resolution.

2. Take small steps for change

Set out the small steps you will take to accomplish your resolution. This is your plan for action.

You could resolve to eat at least 2 pieces of fruit everyday, give up one cup of coffee for a glass of water, try making one new healthy recipe a month.

It will be easier to accomplish your goal of eating healthily, if you know what this actually entails.

3. Share your goals

Tell your family and friends about your resolutions. This makes it more likely you will succeed as you are accountable to someone besides yourself.

They can also offer you help, guidance and support.

Alternatively, write down your goals and track your progress. I jot down what I’ve made for dinner in my diary. It’s simple but gives me a warm glow to know that I’ve made the effort to make fresh, healthy food for my family to eat.

4. Don’t give up

We’re human so every now and again we’re bound to fall off the bandwagon. It’s absolutely normal. The trick is to not let it halt your efforts completely.

Discount the day you ate 2 helpings of dessert when you meant to just have a small bite. It’s done and dusted. Move on and start the next day afresh with new resolve.

5. Reward yourself

Stay encouraged by rewarding yourself along the way. Treats can be edible (yes, I know you’re thinking chocolate). But how about a new cookbook, that dress you’ve had your eye on or taking an extra hour out for yourself that week.

It’s all about staying positive and motivated towards your goal.

GOOD LUCK and let us know how it goes!

Honey Mustard Roast Parsnips

Xmas lunch takes many weeks of planning. And for good reason. The typical traditional Xmas lunch normally features about 8 dishes. Quite a feat of planning right?

Take some stress of your mind this year with these honey mustard roast parsnips. All preparation can be done the night before, leaving just the actual roasting for Xmas day.

Honey Mustard Roast Parsnips

This combination of flavours is classic. The honey brings out the natural sweetness of the parsnips and the mustard gives them a subtle kick. Serves 4.

  • 1 kg parsnips
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Peel the parsnips and cut them into even sized pieces. (If you’re making this the night before, place into a bowl of cold water and in the fridge at this point).
  3. Boil the parsnips in rolling salted boiling water for 5 minutes. At the same time, heat the oil in the roasting pan until it is smoking hot.
  4. Drain the parsnips and add to the oil. Coat well and roast in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes until crispy.
  5. Mix the honey and mustard. Pour over the parsnips and cook for another 5 minutes.