It’s the eternal tale of the week after New Year’s day: you’ve made a New Years resolution, and you’ve already come close to breaking it at least five times. We’ve all been there, as keeping a resolution is a difficult thing to do, especially alone.

This year, try making a resolution with the whole family instead. By keeping these simple tips in mind, you’ll be able to help each other stick to this year’s resolution much longer.

1. Eat more homemade meals

Busy schedules may not always allow for homemade family meals, so try arranging for them twice a week. Check out some of my healthy recipes for quick family dinner ideas!

2. Stop buying processed food

The quality of food your family eats is one of the key components in staying healthy. Get your loved ones on the right track by avoiding pre-packaged, processed foods at the grocery store. Learn more about quality here.

3. Replace eating out once a week with a family-involved activity

Save money, stay healthy, and create memories all at the same time! Replace the weekly eating out routine with going on a picnic or baking cookies together. Learn more about the importance of making treats at home.

4. Discuss the concept of “quality, quantity, and timing” often

Getting your families health on track doesn’t have to be a challenge. Inform your children on why its important to eat quality food in moderate amounts at certain times throughout the day. Check out my new book The Step Up Diet for simple ideas on how to include the quality, quantity, timing method in your families life.

5. Expect Small Setbacks

The reality of things is that we will all falter in keeping our resolutions. It’s important to encourage each other to get back on the right path.

In my book, The Step Up Diet, I provide a step-by-step plan to help families experience what it is like to eat the right way, the Step Up Diet teaches the body and the brain to recognize what types of food are healthy to eat, and to establish a healthy eating schedule. By focusing on one step—one segment of the day—at a time, the ultimate goal becomes less overwhelming and more manageable, helping us stay on target with our goals of eating healthier in 2013.

About the Author

Dr. Katalenas

Dr. Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock and the author of the book "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch… The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", a guide to healthy cooking and eating for busy families.