Keeping Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Many people view New Year’s resolutions as a way to start fresh, and going on a diet is probably the most common vow people make to themselves. However, the truth is that many diets don’t last long and often people end up putting on more weight when they go back to eating “normally.” Instead, make sure you are keeping healthy New Year’s resolutions  by focusing on longevity wellness.

A suggestion? Think of food as medicine and eat to live, don’t live to eat. Check out these 10 tips for keeping healthy New Year’s resolutions and make 2020 your best year ever. It’s never too late.

Stay hydrated!

Fatigue and hunger could be signs of dehydration, so don’t wait to be thirsty. Try to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.

Sleep is underrated

Getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night is an important ingredient for successful weight loss. It can actually help with sugar cravings and portion control.

Choose carbs carefully

Limit alcohol and refined carbs such as white breads, cookies, cakes, muffins, etc. that increase cravings and play havoc with your blood sugar level.

Focus on fats

Try to eat healthy fats and proteins with most meals to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day. Healthy fats are not the enemy; they are actually an essential part of a healthy diet.

Exercise is key for good metabolism

Heart health, stress management, cancer prevention and more. Make exercise a regular part of your healthy lifestyle—but don’t count on it to make up for overeating or eating too much of the wrong foods!

Planning meals is key to eating healthy

Take time to meal prep on weekends and in the evenings. This practice will save time and help you stay on your healthy eating plan. Having prepared dishes means you are less likely to overeat or reach for unhealthy foods.

Track all of the food you are eating

Be accountable. My Fitness Pal is an easy-to-follow app that counts macronutrients

Eat frequently

Small meals spaced throughout the day ensure steady blood sugar, reduced cravings and less overeating. Make dinner the smallest meal of the day.

Don’t skip breakfast

And be sure to make it high in protein. A smoothie with a healthy protein powder or eggs will set the stage for the entire day.

Don’t give up

Even if you slip up and eat an unhealthy meal or snack, it doesn’t mean you should just forget the whole thing. The key to creating a healthy lifestyle is getting yourself back on track and always keeping your final goal in mind.

Shellee Dyne is a certified nutritionist and wellness expert. Learn more at dyneamicnutrition.com

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