According to Dr. Liz Cruz, if you want to be healthy in 2019, you should focus on habits not resolutions.
Creating Realistic Habits, Not Goals.
We are in the heart of the holiday season – a time of indulgence and gluttony – but in just a few short weeks, people across the country will be shifting gears and making goals to better their health in 2019. More than half of all New Year’s resolutions are related to wellness, weight loss, or diet. Though people start off the year with the best intentions, sadly, almost 80% of these goals fail by February.
According to Dr. Liz Cruz, if you want to be healthy in 2019, you should focus on habits, not resolutions.
“The biggest problem with health resolutions is that people make unrealistic or vague goals…”
…says Cruz, who as a gastroenterologist has seen the fatal flaw of resolutions play out with her patients year after year. According to Cruz, people make goals that they truly want to achieve but the issue is how they go about achieving them. Just because a person wants to better their health doesn’t mean that they know the best way to get there. Resolutions to lose weight, lower blood pressure, eat healthier, or exercise more are all commendable health goals, but one must understand the individual steps needed to make and maintain these new habits.
“Good health starts with healthy habits. Focusing on habit change is the key to bettering your health in the new year,” says Cruz.
“Habit change is tough for any individual but it is even more complicated if you are doing it for a whole family,” she adds. As a parent of four kids, Cruz is determined to keep herself and her family feeling good and staying healthy in the most natural way possible. Both in her medical practice and in her home, she adheres to a balanced approach to health that combines both holistic and traditional methods of care.
According to Cruz, you don’t have to compromise all the things you love in order to be healthy and feel good, it’s all about setting doable goals and remembering that small steps can yield big results. She encourages her patients to make sustainable health resolutions: Instead of “exercise more”, Cruz believes a better resolution would be, “go to two spin classes each week, and take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible”. Instead of “eat healthier”, a more sustainable resolution would be “prepare a healthy, home-cooked meal for the family at least once a week”.
“Good health starts with healthy habits. Focusing on habit change is the key to bettering your health in the new year.”
– Dr. Liz Cruz
In An Interview/Article, Dr. Cruz Can Share:
- Habit Hacks for a healthy 2019
- The skinny on New Year’s health resolutions
- Eat this (NOT that) family dinner edition
- How to have a healthy life without feeling deprived
- Kid-friendly, (doctor-approved) healthy treats
- Ideas to keep the whole family active and fit
- How parents can teach their kids about diet and nutrition every day
Dr. Cruz is on a mission to educate people and help them adapt to a healthy lifestyle in the most manageable and natural way possible. She is sharing fun and creative hacks to keep the whole family healthy and fit (without feeling deprived) throughout 2019.