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Cooking Channel Talents’ New Year’s Get-Healthy Tips

Most people’s resolutions include eating healthy and staying fit. Here’s how our chefs and hosts actually make it happen.

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Cooking Channel’s New Year’s Resolutions

Find out what Cooking Channel’s hosts and chefs hope to accomplish in the new year, besides continuing to create some of the best television humankind has ever seen.

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How to Make Smarter New Year’s Resolutions (plus 3 to Make Your Own)

We all know the drill: January 1 rolls around and we feel compelled to make resolutions. We go gung-ho for a week or two before we bring back our old ways. Resolve that this year, 2014, you will make New Year’s resolutions that work.

How do you do that, you ask? What works best is when you think about where you actually are and where you want to go, and then make goals (or resolutions, if you will) that bridge that gap. If you reach too far, it’s easy to miss the mark and then get discouraged. By being realistic about your current lifestyle and what typically prevents you from making the changes you’d like to make, you’ll set yourself up for success. It’s also helpful to break down a larger goal into smaller steps. Instead of creating an overwhelming goal like “lose weight,” take a close look at the behaviors that are keeping the weight on and select one or more to change. For example, maybe you notice you do a lot of late-night noshing. Try and think about why that is. Maybe you tend to eat when you’re tired or stressed? Come up with some replacement behaviors that address the real problem (like getting ready for bed earlier, or writing down your worries).

Here are some examples of those intermediate goals and how to make them achievable:

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New Year’s (Food) Resolutions

There are many good meals in your future.

You know the drill: new year, new you. The gyms fill up with new members vowing to sweat off their excess heft, everyone orders salads for a few weeks and goes on home and office-cleaning rampages to purge the leftover holidays sweets. It’s great if you’re planning on dieting in 2011, but we wanted to know about your other food goals for the new year, so we asked you on Twitter to share your new years food resolutions, aside from eating healthier. Here are some of our favorites:

@xmusina try out some new vegan recipes! Was very inspired by the veg edge special!

@heed81 to cook with more fresh ingredients and to plant an herb/vegetable garden in the spring!

@Cookergurl lots of Mediterranean dishes and maybe throw in some Asian flavors.

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