The problem withchange, even the goodkind, is that it can be hard.
January rolls around and wevow to change — to do moreof the good stuff and less ofthe bad. And, despite our bestintentions and wanting thebest for ourselves, it can be alltoo easy to break those promises. So how do we break thehabit and make 2011 a year ofself-improvement?
Many of the experts wespoke with for this issue saypositive change isn’t about atotal overhaul, but rather avariety of thoughtful, manageable shifts in attitudes andactions, which can make areal difference to your generalwell-being and health.
Personally, a diet complete-
ly devoid of the occasional
french fry sounds to me more
like a punishment than posi-
tive change. But when I think
of my blood pressure (“Body
talk,” pg. 12), it makes it
easier — most of the time —
to skip the frying for baking
and ease up on the salt.
Some positive change canbe downright enjoyable.
Topping your salad with aslice of avocado instead of adollop of blue cheese dressingis both tasty and good foryou (“Myth-busting,” pg. 14),and taking time for yourselfis a resolution I know I canget behind (“Keep in mind,”pg. 18). Even changes that aredifficult in the short term (“ 4
Resolutions you can keep thisyear,” pg. 34) can pay off inthe end.
Whatever you hope tochange in the coming year,we hope the stories in thisissue inform and inspire you.
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