Did you make healthy eating resolutions for the new year? Each new year often brings resolutions about eating habits. We resolve to start cooking again or to eat healthier. Then, we get back to work and back to routine and before we know it, we’re snacking on foods we vowed not eat again.
Instead of making promises to yourself that are impossible to keep, incorporate these five healthy eating habits into your 2019 routine.
Don’t go cold turkey
If there is anything you are planning to give up for 2019, be careful about giving it up cold turkey. It is often better to ease changes into your diet over time. Going cold turkey can lead to intense withdrawal symptoms, like headaches or mood swings, which can make you easily abandon the changes you set out to make. For instance, if you plan to change your diet to a plant-based one, it may be better to substitute plant-based foods for meat or meat products over the course of several weeks rather than stop eating meat all at once. This pattern will give your body time to adjust to changes in your new lifestyle.
Eat your veggies
Mom was right: eating vegetables is good for you. Raw vegetables are generally the healthiest preparation but you may find that you eat even more roughage if you make a habit of eating dishes that integrate veggies well. Breakfast is often a meal that is light on vegetables. Consider adding them to a egg scramble or omelet or to a homemade smoothie. Soups and salads are also great vehicles for getting more vegetables into your diet.
Cook homemade food
It can be difficult to know what you are eating when you are dining out. Preparing more foods at home can benefit your health, your waist and your wallet. If you have allergies or if any family members are on special diets, consider working with a personal chef to get nutritious and delicious meals at home. A personal chef can prepare meals for you or just help you meal planning.
Cull your shopping list
This tip is easy. If you don’t buy it, you’ll eat less of it. It is okay to splurge every so often but eliminate foods from your shopping list that add calories without adding nutrients.
Don’t drink your calories
This tip does not just apply to sugary drinks like soda. Remember that alcohol calories count too. Focus on drinking more water and no or low calorie beverage options. Water not only hydrates but it also gives you that full feeling that makes you want to limit the amount you eat.
Let these healthy eating tips replace your new year resolutions that have already fallen by the wayside. Here’s to a happier, healthier new year. Cheers!