It’s resolution time again, and if you’re like most people, eating “better” may be one of your goals for the new year. According to a survey on 2021 resolutions, the most common commitments people made were to exercise more (46 percent), improve their diet (45 percent), or lose weight (44 percent).

In fact, as many as 45 million Americans begin a diet each year. But research shows that weight-loss diets just don’t work. They’re unsustainable and you’re likely to regain the weight.

What if, instead of plotting how you’ll restrict your calories in the new year, you resolved to feel good about the food you eat? 

That’s the advice of eating psychology expert Elise Museles, author of Food Story: Rewrite the Way You Eat, Think & Live. Museles encourages readers to consider their personal food stories—how they were raised around food, their ideas and rules about diet, and the emotions they feel when they’re eating—both positive and negative. She says discovering your story about food is key to creating a healthy new narrative about what, why, when, and where to eat.