Happy New Year!

What a year it has been for the an avocado a day team. First off, we would like to say a huge thank you to all our readers! 

We would love to know what you want to read about so please leave a comment, email, tweet or write on our Facebook wall. This year we are going to begin video blogging - so stay tuned for our first video! 

So what about those new year's resolutions? Want to know what our resolutions are?

According to Time magazine these are the top ten most commonly broken New Year's Resolutions:

  • Get fit and lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Learn something new
  • Eat healthier and diet
  • Get out of debt and save money
  • Spend more time with family
  • Travel to new places
  • Be less stressed
  • Volunteer
  • Drink less

These all seem like pretty great ideas but to be completely honest we aren't the biggest fans of new year's resolutions in general. They generally have a very high failure rate and often people set large scale and unrealistic goals. In order to be successful at creating a change you need to change your behavior.  Then make your new behavior a habit by creating new thinking patterns that create positive associations and new neural pathways. By trying to change the common default thought of "I am not going to do this/that/it anymore” it actually ends up strengthening that old behavior. 

Rather than unrealistic resolutions, we prefer making specific and realistic lifestyle changes. For example, rather than saying "I'm going to lose 15 lbs by March," make your goal about the process, or how you will get there.  In other words, set a goal to jog 5 days a week, eliminate refined sugar, or other specific things. By implementing a new lifestyle habit or routine you are more likely to succeed as opposed to setting grandiose goals. If you need a new goal or resolution to get you started here are some more tips to keep in mind:

1. Set one very specific resolution.
2. Make sure your resolution is realistic.
3. Ensure the change is small but continuous.
4. Celebrate your success and do not get upset with yourself if you have a bad day or slip up - but be sure to get back on track the next day!
5. Try and make a similar goal with a buddy - it can help keep both of you on track and motivated.
6. Focus on the present.
7. Be mindful.
8. Become mentally, emotionally and physically aware of your inner self and live moment by moment rather than living in the past or future.

Best of luck!
Happy New Year!

The an avocado a day team


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