It’s January, which means that health and wellness are back at the forefront of many peoples’ minds. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about their New Years’ resolutions to “get in shape”, “eat healthy” and “lose xx amount of pounds”.

I don’t know about you, but we’re only about one-third of the way through January and I already want to cover my ears and scream “enough already!”

Don’t get me wrong, I love that people are feeling motivated to make positive lifestyle changes to better their health. I fully support that. But the way in which many people go about pursuing these goals (especially this time of year) is disheartening – not to mention concerning. Strict elimination diets, detoxes, cleanses… these may seem like great ways to jump start your health goals at the start of the new year, but what happens come February? Or better yet, March?

The problem with most resolutions – and diets in general – is that they’re built for the short term. Sure, they may “work” for a few weeks (maybe even a few months) and you may even see some “results”. But eventually, life happens. Things come up, life gets busy… and, before you know it, you’re part of the 80% of Americans who have “given up” on their resolutions less than two months into the new year.

But, despite what you may have been led to believe, your resolutions don’t fail because you are weak or have no willpower – your resolutions fail because, simply put, they’re not sustainable. (more…)