At the beginning of the year, people everywhere resolve to take better care of their health. They often make blanket statements like “this year I will eat better.” Unfortunately, such broad resolutions are difficult to keep. They’re not specific enough to follow through on. If you’re looking for some New Year’s diet resolutions you will want to keep, consider these 10 resolutions.
1. I Resolve to Stop Drinking Soda and Sugary Drinks
So many people drink their calories. The sugar contained in many of these drinks is hard on your health. It adds unnecessary weight and affects your blood sugar levels. Resolve to eliminate soda and sugary drinks from your diet. As a bonus, you may eliminate several hundred calories a day from this simple adjustment.
2. I 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.
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 Start Each Meal with a Glass of Water
Often, we mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking a glass of water before each meal will help quench that thirst and will also help to fill you up, so you’ll eat less.
5. Resolve to Switch to Whole Grain 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Resolve to Have Healthy Snacks Ready
When hunger hits, especially if you’re out and about, you often grab the first thing you can, whether it’s something from the vending machine or a slice of cheesecake from the fridge. Have healthy snacks ready to grab, or ready to grab and toss into your purse for on-the-go hungry attacks. It’s a good idea to have healthy snacks ready at work, too.
9. Resolve to Stop Eating in the Evenings
People often make poor eating decisions in the evening. 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.
10. Resolve to Eat Breakfast Everyday
The experts agree, eating breakfast will help your weight loss efforts. If you’re just not a breakfast eater, start with something small and easy, like a banana. Once you get used to eating that, add some oatmeal or an egg. You can do it!
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.