Each year, most people make resolutions. Some of the more common resolutions are to eat healthier, exercise more, and maybe even quit a bad habit, such as smoking, procrastination, overspending, or wasting time on social media. Some resolutions are easy to keep, but if you have resolved to eat better, then you could have a hard time when going out to eat with friends and family. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at how you can eat out this year without breaking your New Year’s resolutions. If you are looking for some of the best lunch restaurants in The Colony, then be sure to check out Urban 8 today!

Make your resolution SMART

SMART resolutions are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. So for example, instead of saying that you want to eat healthier, say that you want to limit sweets to one or two meals per week. This type of goal meets each item in a SMART resolution, and is more likely to help you feel positive about keeping your resolution.

Break it Down

Larger goals can be so overwhelming that you just give up altogether. You can help yourself avoid this problem by taking your large goal and breaking it down into manageable pieces. Short-term goals means that you will results more quickly, which will help you to stay motivated towards achieving your larger goal. For example, if you are not eating healthy at all and have fast food seven days a week, then set a goal to eat fast food for just five days a week. As you hit your goal each week, you will be motivated to increase the number of days that you avoid fast food, which will move you closer toward your larger goal of eating healthy.

Share Your Goal

Whether you need accountability, motivation, or both, sharing your goal with others is a great factor in your success. Some people are so intrinsically motivated that they don’t need to share their goals, but most people benefit greatly from the support and help they get from the friends and family who know what their goals are. You can choose to share your goal in social media for even more support from those who share similar goals.

Focus on the Positive

No one is perfect, and while you are committed to your goal, there will probably come a time when you slip up and do something you didn’t want to. The important thing to remember is that you aren’t perfect, but you are going to continue making good decisions that will ultimately outweigh the bad. Don’t let yourself drown in negative self-talk, instead, choose to focus on all of the positive choices you have made and will continue to make.

Don’t Deprive Yourself

One of the quickest ways to break your resolution to eat healthier is to make certain foods off-limits. If you have a special place for chocolate in your heart, then don’t quit eating it cold turkey. Moderation is key. Aim to eat healthy 80 percent of the time and allow yourself treats with 20 percent of your meals. This balance will keep you in good stead as you work towards your larger goal.

Stock Healthy Snacks

Snacking helps you to stay fuller, longer so that you don’t overindulge at your next meal. Snacks become a problem when they involve choices like candy and soda. Instead, choose healthier options like fruits, veggies, and nuts. Making sure to have healthy snacks on hand so that you don’t sabotage your goals.

Drink Plenty of Water

Frequently, people think that they are hungry when they are actually dehydrated. Instead of reaching for food the next time you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water. If you are truly hungry, then you will still have those feelings after drinking the water.

At Urban 8, we offer a variety of restaurants at our food court in The Colony. Come by for lunch or dinner and see how easy it is to enjoy eating out while keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you have a large group, or you are looking for dinner and entertainment, we have something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you soon!