2014 New Year’s Resolutions

The more I talk to people about their resolutions for 2014, the more I feel that “resolutions” has become a dirty word. Some people react with obvious disdain. They say they don’t set resolutions because they’re unrealistic or they haven’t helped in the past. Others have obviously experienced numerous failures on their resolutions, so they are depressed about the prospect of setting yet another goal that won’t be achieved. That got me to wondering, how can a resolution actually work?

I’m not going to write a step-by-step guide on how to set and follow through on your 2014 resolutions. There are enough articles like that on the internet already. However, I will offer an opinion on how grass fed beef jerky can play a positive part in your New Year’s resolutions (did you expect any different from GrassFedBeefJerky.com?)

Goal: Be more healthy

This could be a weight loss goal or a target cholesterol number, or run a marathon by the end of the year or whatever. The core of the resolution is to be more healthy.

I have a wicked sweet tooth. I love high fructose corn syrup in my Mountain Dew. I love my hot cocoa mix with an extra half spoonful of mix. No artificial, zero-calorie sweeteners for me. This means that a big part of my goal to eat healthy is to limit “bad” snacking in between meals (my wife does a great job of making healthy meals and I’ve been improving my portion control). So how do I reduce “bad” snacking?

You may have read my earlier post about paleo snacking. This strategy of eating nuts & fruits instead of “bad” snacks has been marginally successful for me at work this year. Now that I’ve found a great source of grass fed beef jerky from Brady’s Beef, I plan to add beef jerky to the mix so that I’m getting healthy fats and more protein into my diet.

I’ve found that protein is a big part of the equation for me. If I get some protein in my breakfast, it keeps me from needing “bad” snacks before lunch. Likewise, the protein from beef jerky helps me avoid that desire for the afternoon pick-me-up from a Mt. Dew or candy.

What are you doing to be more healthy in 2014?

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