Resolutions Easy as 1, 2, 3
Resolution No. 1: Cut out ALL carbs. Resolution No. 2: Run for two hours EVERY day. Resolution No. 3: STOP making resolutions you cant keep!
So many people set themselves up for failure at the beginning of each new year, by attempting to change their lifestyles in ways that just arent realistic. Remember that leading a more healthy lifestyle doesnt always mean making huge changes to your routine. And in some cases, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Here are some reasonable resolutions thatll set you on a path to a better, healthier you starting now.
Add More Veggies
Especially for all you meat-and-potatoes types out there, aim to incorporate more veggies into your diet (and no, neither French fries nor potatoes smothered in gravy count). If you really have an aversion to vegetables, include them in sauces where theyll add flavour while not overpowering the dish. For example, try this delicious recipe for spaghetti and meat sauce we promise even your kids wont notice the healthy, hidden goodness.
Go Meatless on Mondays
Consider joining the worldwide Meatless Monday movement, and set aside just one day a week during which youll consume no meat. Now, this doesnt mean eating cold, bland salads all day long; choose hearty vegetarian dishes like this recipe for vegetarian chili to help keep burger cravings at bay.
Vow to keep meal preparation and dinnertime as stress free as possible by planning ahead. Each weekend, decide what meals youll be making for the week. Shop for the ingredients youll need and complete some advance prep work for recipes that are more time consuming. This will eliminate dinnertime stress while cutting down on the number of preservative-laden frozen meals and take-out suppers your family consumes.
Work Out Your Social Routine
If you dread making trips to the gym stop going. Instead, find creative, fun ways to incorporate more physical activity into your daily life and you'll be more likely to stick with it for the long haul. How about that friend you regularly meet up with for coffee? Consider going for a jog together instead. Or swap family movie night for a splash at the swimming pool with your kids. There are lots of ways to exercise while having fun if you take the time to find them.
Everybodys got at least one; perhaps for you its a cold, refreshing soft drink. Or maybe its ice cream, cookies, or chips and dip. They are all vices things we simply must have even though we know they arent good for us. But its unrealistic (and unfair) to expect yourself to cut out those things completely. Instead, limit your intake to one treat day a week, or only on weekends. Purchase small quantities of the object of your craving so it isnt around to tempt you on days when you arent supposed to have it.
Along with costing an arm and a leg, going out for lunch or ordering from the cafeteria is just plain unhealthy. In the new year, resolve to pack your own healthy lunches to bring to work or school. Since mornings are usually a hectic time in most households, make lunch the night before. Better yet pack leftovers and make those meals stretch!
Resist Technologys Takeover
Numerous studies completed in recent years have found the more frequently an individual uses their cell phone, computer or tablet, the more likely they are to report sleep disturbances, depressive symptoms and feelings of stress. So instead of surfing the net before bed, read a book. Dont creep your Facebook friends meet with them face to face. Turn your cell phone off for several hours each day and leave it off while youre sleeping at night. After all, few of us are so important that a missed communication will result in death, destruction and general worldwide turmoil, right?
Keep your fridge and pantry well stocked with healthy snacks like pre-washed grapes, baby carrots and other ready-to-eat fruits and veggies; wholegrain crackers; nuts and yogurt. Like chips and chocolate bars, they require little preparation and are the perfect snacks to hold you over till supper, or satisfy a case of the late-night munchies without the added sugar and unhealthy fats.
Brush After Eating
The simple act of brushing your teeth immediately after eating wont only make your dentist happy it might just help you lose weight. Most folks naturally avoid eating right after theyve brushed their teeth, likely because most foods dont taste as yummy when combined with mint-flavoured toothpaste.
If youre the type to make a bee line straight for the pantry for an after school or after work snack, try this trick: Even if you dont feel thirsty upon arriving home, drink a full glass of water. Not hungry anymore? You probably werent in the first place, and that glass of H20 might just get you to supper.