Each year people around the world resolve to take better care of their health. They often make blanket statements like “this year I resolve to eat better.” Unfortunately, such broad resolutions are difficult to keep. They’re not specific enough to follow through on. If you’re looking for diet New Year’s resolutions you will want to keep, consider these seven resolutions.
#1 Resolve to stop drinking soda and sugary drinks
So many people around the world drink their calories. This sugar is hard on your health. It adds unnecessary weight and it affects blood sugar levels. Resolve to eliminate soda and sugary drinks from your diet. You may eliminate several hundred calories a day from this simple adjustment.
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#2 Resolve to eat fruits and vegetables with every meal and snack
If you add a fruit or a vegetable to every meal and snack, you’re much closer to meeting your daily requirement. It’s not as difficult as you might think. You can have fruits or veggies for your snacks. Add an apple or berries to your breakfast. A smoothie can have as many as three servings of fruit or vegetables.
Add greens to lunch and dinner and you’re well on your way to getting the nutrients your body needs each day. Frozen veggies cook in just minutes in the microwave, so it’s easy to prepare right along with your main course.
#3 Resolve to try a new fruit or vegetable each month
Scientists have found that people who eat a variety of fruits and vegetables are healthier. Many people become stuck in a rut with their fruits and vegetables. When you add a new one to your diet each month, you’re broadening your nutritional horizons.
#4 Resolve to switch to whole grain or sprouted bread
Swap your white bread for whole grain bread. This is an easy change to make and it’ll add more healthy whole grains to your diet. You can amplify this whole grain change and switch to steel cut oats and brown rice instead of instant oatmeal and white rice. Small changes make a big difference.
Sprouted wheat bread is even better for you in terms of keeping your blood sugar from spiking. It tasted like normal wheat bread, however, the grains have been sprouted before being ground into flour, which enables you to get more vitamins from the bread, and makes it easier to digest.
#5 Resolve to eat fewer sweets
If you’re like many people you probably have several sugary snacks each day. Resolve to cut back. That may begin by tracking how many snacks you normally eat each day. Cut back to one snack each day or one sugary snack each week.
Be sure to read labels when choosing snacks. You’ll be surprised at how many foods contain sugar…even ones that are normally savory foods have sugar inside them.
#6 Resolve to drink a glass of green tea each day
Green tea has been shown to provide fantastic health benefits. Add a glass of green tea to your day. Drink it in the morning or have a glass in the afternoon. If you’re sensitive to caffeine then don’t drink it in the evening. Green tea does have a small amount of caffeine.
#7 Resolve to stop eating in the evenings
People often make poor eating decisions in the evening. Often, when we are on a weight-loss plan, we deprive ourselves of needed calories during the day, and then at night, we are ravenous and practically inhale every bad food in reach. Other times, we are just bored and snacking helps us fight that feeling.
What can you do when you feel hungry at night? Drink a glass of water. Find something interesting to do to distract yourself. If you must eat due to hunger, then eat something high in fiber like a banana or whole grain cereal.
As you’re looking forward to your New Year and contemplating resolutions, be specific. Help yourself achieve success by setting specific goals designed to help you lose weight and get healthier.