Many people kick off the year with New Year's resolutions. Often these involve variation to diet, like committing to only eating out once a week.
I'm telling you that's not good enough.
Waiting twelve months to make a vague commitment to yourself where no one holds you accountable is just lazy and a complete waste of time. You're better than that.
If you're not familiar with dietary basics, you should do yourself a favour and spend an hour reading up on it. You can even check out last week's post that discusses macros vs micros.
Once you've gotten a basic understanding, you need to apply your new found knowledge to your own diet. I like to do this in the form of a three monthly nutrition review. This essentially occurs in three monthly cycles and the way I do so is by tracking my every meal and snack (including water intake) through an app like MyFitnessPal for one week.
Once the week is over, review your three biggest deficiencies or problems. Identify them, make the necessary adjustments and carry on. In three months time, repeat the process and be sure to compare your previous deficiencies. If they are the same, make the same adjustments again. If different, act accordingly.
This should be a bare minimum. You only have the one body, so you owe it to yourself to treat it with this minimum level of respect. Feel free to deconstruct micronutrients as you become more advanced for additional benefits, however until you actually diarize your entries you won't realize your deficiencies.
For me personally, I've always eaten a relatively healthy diet, but doing this three monthly nutrition review originally allowed me to figure out that I actually wasn't eating enough, and that I also was struggling to get an adequate amount of fibre in my diet. From there, the review also allowed me to significantly adjust other micronutrient consumption to optimize the way I feel and my physical performance.
No diet is perfect, so none of you have an excuse not to do this.