How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions | Gourmand and Gourmet

How to stick to your New Year's resolutions

Alright friends, if you spent December 31 resolving to eat fit food and are already feeling the urge to curl into a ball when your friends Snapchat their pizza, it’s time for an intervention.

We’re here to tell you that goals can be achieved (even our aim to dial down on the ice cream enough to not need to measure our intake in litres), and there are services on hand to make it healthy eating that much easier. Rather than sitting at home wondering how long is the socially acceptable time to wait before you can ditch the gym membership, bolster your resolve with these helping hands.


Rather than risk a February binge when you’ve finally had all you can have of raw spinach and kangaroo steaks, leave the meal prep to the experts and let Youfoodz plan, shop, cook and even do the dishes for you. With dishes like salmon and dill with sweet potato mash, BBQ chicken and creamy potato, and hearty lentil bolognese on the menu, there’s no chance you’ll get bored, and with the healthy meals delivered right to your door, you won’t even be tempted to pick up a few ‘cheat day’ snacks at the supermarket (because we all know you’ll eat them straight away).

#2. Join a gym that will keep you motivated – and take care of the post-workout caffeine

Can’t bring yourself to sign up to a gym where you’ll just be lost among the January crowds? Fortitude Valley’s coolest conditioning centre, Facilities Fitness is all about small group classes that will get you both one-on-one attention and a motivating group environment. Bonus: once you’ve worked up a sweat at one of their many cutting edge classes, you can hit the coffee window for refueling Fonzie Abbott coffee, and maybe even a protein shake or healthy treat!

#3. Learn to snack better

If half your work day is spent with one hand in a bag of food (guilty), it can be hard to kick the snacking habit – but why kick it when you can improve it? Check out these recipes for snack-tastic protein balls and where to get yourself a post work-out smoothie that won’t leave you regretting a thing. Turns out, snacks without the guilt taste even better. OK, we’re ready to stop lifting chip bags and start lifting weights.


Eating out is easy, but hardly easy on the ol’ pocket. If you’re all about discounts and saving that paper, EatClub is the perfect app for all your foodie woes. Dine-in incentives include discounts from 20 to 50% at some of the city’s top restaurants, meaning you can live extremely large on a friendly budget. Time to brace your stomach for all the pizza and pasta you can handle. This ain’t no diet resolution.


If you’re pretty new to the G&G scene, welcome, and you might not be aware that we have a plethora of recipes floating around and ready to hit your kitchen. Start with a simple seedy coleslaw, followed by fish tacos and rainbow ice cream, and you’ve just Gordon Ramsayed yourself an entire freakin’ dinner! Every ingredient you need can be found at Brisbane’s quichest marketplace, Marcado. Add everything to cart!!

Words by Samantha Chariton and Nicole Portacha
- the gourmands who seem to grasp the concept of resolutions, but can't seem to nail the execution?