Old habits die hard, and keeping your healthy-eating resolutions can feel impossible. New Year’s resolutions provide an opportunity for growth and self-improvement – but many of us find it tough to avoid that building temptation.
I’m teaming up with Detox on the Rocks for New Year, Better You: The January Wellness Challenge. We are focusing on wellness and making healthy changes with realistic goals for the new year. Here are a few healthy-eating resolutions you can actually stick to.
Eat more healthy fats
Don’t fear fat, as the omega-3 fatty acids found in healthy fats support heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Try replacing the mayo on your sandwich with avocado. Switch out your snack of pretzels with healthy nuts, like almonds, walnuts or peanuts. Switch out your chicken for fish packed with omega-3s, like salmon or tuna.
Rein in your sweet tooth
Sugar is everywhere, and the more we eat, the more we crave. Sweets temporarily boost serotonin levels, making you feel calm and happy. But sugar provides no nutritional value and leaves you with an energy crash. To rein in your sweet tooth by cutting down on sugar gradually. Try cutting back on the sugar in your coffee or switching out a sweet dessert for some fruit. And, steer clear of artificial sweeteners as they actually enhance your sugar cravings.
Drink more water
Staying hydrated helps to ward off hunger and boost metabolism. Plan your water intake in the same way you plan your meals. Drink a full glass of water prior to each meal and carry a refillable water bottle with you. Add fruit or veggie slices to give flavor a boost and track your progress throughout the day.
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Eat more veggies
It is no surprise that most American’s don’t eat the daily recommended 3 or more servings of vegetables. Try adding peppers, tomatoes or mushrooms to your morning omelette. Stir extra veggies into soups or pile them on your homemade pizza. Sneak cauliflower, squash or red peppers into sauces and mashed potatoes.
Cut out mindless munching
It’s easy to sit down in front of the TV and devour a bowl of popcorn on autopilot. Try plating your snacks before eating, forcing you to get up and think twice before taking a second serving. Use smaller plates and bowls to provide portion control. And, practice mindfulness, fully committing to each bite you take.
Making new resolutions? How do you stick with it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!