A bowl of chili with black beans with sweet potatoes, a heart-healthy recipe prepared by Anna Jones, a local dietitian and nutritionist, on Friday, February 15, 2019.

It’s that time of year again. After a busy holiday season filled with food and holidays, many of us come in January wanting to “cleanse ourselves” and recreate ourselves into a better and healthier version.

Of course it is a time when we want a fresh start and want to reflect and consider the changes or things we would like to improve in relation to our health and well-being.

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Having a desire to make changes and improve our health is a good thing.

After all, extreme diets and plans this time of year do not deliver what they promise and instead of making us healthier, they actually do the opposite.

Here are some things that will help you approach this time of year a little differently and help you set goals and objectives that are more meaningful and sustainable.

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1. Think about self-care, not self-control

When we make decisions or set goals about food, movement or other habits, they often come from a place of self-control, often including restrictions. I hear from clients all the time that they want to lose weight because they do not feel good in their body. This place of dissatisfaction with our body makes us feel the need to control our food intake and try to exhibit control over our weight, shape or size.