Want to stick to your New Year’s Resolution this year???
January 1st is right around the corner (one month away!) and we all know that many New Year’s resolutions are made, and forgotten, at this time of year. How many of you have made some kind of resolution only to turn your back on it within days of making the statement? I know I have!
The most popular New Year’s resolution seems to be to lose weight; the problem with this resolution is that most people believe this means restricting their diet, exercising like crazy, and just plain stressing their bodies right out. It’s no wonder the majority of people abandon their resolutions!
This year, instead of focusing on restrictions and deprivation, focus on what you CAN do to nourish and love your body. Below are 15 tips that will help you lose weight – it won’t be instantaneous and it will still require some self-control, but you shouldn’t feel as though you need to turn your lifestyle upside down.
And, even if you don’t want or need to lose weight, you can still use these tips and make a resolution to eat better and nourish your body. This year, why not try a more inclusive diet?
Tip 1: Eat more produce. Buy a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables, cut them up or package so you’re likely to reach for them when you get the munchies. The fiber will help regulate digestion and the nutrients will build tissues and cells, feeding them what they need.
Tip 2: Enhance the flavour. Use spices and herbs, in every dish if possible, to keep flavours unique and savory.
Tip 3: Drink wine and coffee, in moderation. Wine, especially red wine, is good for circulatory health and black coffee is full of antioxidants and it gives metabolism a bit of a boost.
Tip 4: Go ahead, eat fat! Make sure you get 2-4 servings of healthy fats each day, from things like unrefined oils, raw nuts, coconut oil or delicious avocado.
Tip 5: Splurge. Don’t think of it as a cheat meal, think of it as your weekly break from cooking. Have take out, go to a restaurant; just eat something you love once or twice each week and do not feel guilty about it!
Tip 6: Swap refined sugar for natural sweeteners. I’m not saying give up sugar completely but try using maple syrup, honey or stevia in place of other sweeteners. Coconut palm sugar is an excellent substitution in recipes that call for any other sugars.
Tip 7: Eat meat. Yes, have some lean red meat, up to two times per week. For other meals, make sure you eat adequate protein sources like lean poultry, wild fish or legumes.
Tip 8: Get your fill of healthy snacks. Air-popped popcorn with a wee bit of coconut oil is a healthy snack. If you have a habit of eating while watching TV, try popcorn instead of chips, chocolate or nuts. Or, make your own salt- and sugar-free trail mix using clean ingredients from the bulk foods aisle.
Tip 9: Have dessert. If you’re in the mood for something sweet after a meal, try sweet fruits. Try pineapple, papaya, bananas or mango.
Tip 10: Write it down. Keep track of how many times you’re eating out or have those splurge meals. A food journal can also help you visualize how often you’re treating yourself. Eat healthy foods for the majority of the time and your body will let you know when it’s had enough.
Tip 11: Preplan your meals. Whether you’re eating at home or you’re out with friends, preplan what you’ll eat. If you finish your meal, wait 15-20 minutes before deciding if your body wants something else. This is usually how long satiety signals take to let you know whether or not you’re done eating.
Tip 12: Eat slowly. For every meal and snack, try to chew each bite 20-30 times and put down your utensil between each bite. If you’re eating with your hands, drop them to your lap while you finish chewing.
Tip 13: Get enough fiber. Fiber will help detoxify your body by promoting elimination and it will help you feel full for longer!
Tip 14: Practice deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing helps promote detoxification which will ultimately help to remove excess fat.
Tip 15: Switch up your food intake. Eat your biggest meal at lunch, and have your smallest meal at dinner (or before bed, if you work shifts). This will keep you fueled throughout the day and reduce digestive stress at night when you’re sleeping.
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