Whether you love them or hate them healthy New Year’s resolutions are made by nearly half of Americans each year. It’s no surprise that nearly 20% of resolutions involve wanting to lose weight and eat healthier. Sound familiar? Sometimes the goals we make for ourselves can be vague and not nearly as specific as they should be. That usually leads to us breaking our new year’s resolutions within a month of making them and then feeling discouraged.

I know I’ve been there. Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity to come up with resolutions that will actually be something you’ll be motivated to do and doesn’t sound like a broken record year after year.

Here are some of my unusual ideas, which ones are you going to try?

Uncommon Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

1. Try a New Food Every Month

10 Unusual Healthy New Year's Resolutions

Not everyone is adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, but you might be pleasantly surprised to find your palette as an adult is a lot different than when you were a kid. Foods that I hated as a kid, I have grown to love as an adult. Being willing to try new things or give foods a “second chance” can be a fun experiment to discover something you really like. Perhaps you could try the same food in a different form like tomato jam. Oh boy, we make a delicious tomato jam. The farmer’s market and Central Market are great for trying new produce and foods that you might have never even heard of before.

2. Understand How Your Body Responds to Food

Unusual Healthy New Year's Resolutions

Okay, it might sound weird but once you understand how your body responds to food, you can take better control of your health in 2017. Have you ever taken a food intolerance test? They are a great way to see what kind of foods your body is intolerant to (not allergic). When your body has an intolerance to something it doesn’t know what to do with that food and it either builds up toxins in your body or causes inflammation and all sorts of health issues that are easy to dismiss as something else, like dark circles under the eyes, heartburn, bloating, GI issues and more. Once you know what foods you are intolerant to you can eliminate them from your diet and feel better. Read about these three people’s experience with food intolerance testing here.

3. Sign up for a Fitness Class

Unusual Healthy New Year's Resolutions to Try

It wasn’t until I signed up for a membership at a gym with formal fitness classes, that I felt motivated to really work out. Sometimes getting a membership to a gym is not enough. Maybe you need a class at a certain day and time to help you stick to your goals. I know for me it helps. There are lots of options to choose from these days including high-energy cycling classes, barre bell lifting, yoga, pilates, barre, kickboxing and so much more. Pick something that gets you excited!

4. Follow Inspiring Instagram Accounts 

Unusual Healthy New Year's Resolutions to Try

It seems like I’m on Instagram a bit more these days. One reason for that is because there are so many inspiring accounts to follow like fitness gurus, healthy eating fanatics and food bloggers. Search for some by Googling “fitness instagram accounts” or “healthy instagram accounts” and do some browsing. I suggest picking maybe five different accounts that will inspire you. Feel free to follow along on our account as well! Each day, we strive to offer easy recipes, helpful information and beautiful photos to show you how delicious eating healthy can be!

5. Pick a Food and Try it Everywhere

Unusual Healthy New Year's Resolutions to Try

There are so many great places to eat in our great city of Fort Worth! Pick a certain category of food like acai bowls or tacos and find all of the places in town that serves that and do some taste testing and comparing! I love trying out new places that pop up in town and seeing what I like best. I am obsessed with acai bowls so you can bet that I try every place in town that offers them. Before you know it, all of your friends and family will be asking you for advice for the best places to find x, y, z!

Do you need help sticking to your healthy eating new year’s resolutions? Our customized meal delivery service makes eating healthy easier and more delicious than ever! Last year, we made meals according to over 20 different food plans and dietary needs including Whole 30, Paleo, Mediterranean, GAPS and Weight Watchers to name a few. Take a look at different meal delivery options.