The second that separates one year from the next becomes a mental rubicon in the waning days of December. Ideals of self-improvement are limitless prior to the clock striking midnight; visions that slowly melt away with the snows of January and February.
Carleton University professor and psychologist Tim Pychyl calls the yearly bout of resolution making “a kind of cultural procrastination,” even though the thought process begins in December “we put them off until January, so there’s already a hint of insincerity in it.” Pychyl told Metro people aren’t making resolutions, instead they formulate “vaguely stated statements that they don’t have to hold themselves to — exercise more, eat less, and quit smoking.” This contributes to the high failure rate, along with goals that call for an immediate, drastic change.
Instead of looking at that split second that ends one year, and starts another as the ultimate defining point between an old way of living, and another, try thinking of 2014 as a year of making gradual changes. Not every step of a plan can be implemented at once — unless you have serious will-power. But if you make 2014 about finding out what works best for you, and slowly altering lifestyle habits, you may find that in December 2014, you aren’t mentally preparing for an instantaneous transition and are instead appreciating a year spent eating well, and healthfully modifying your lifestyle. To start your 2014 eating evolution, here are seven ideas for inspiration.