Simple isn’t sexy, but it is sustainable. Start the New Year off right with these 3 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions to Keep All Year Long that are simple to implement, but can have big changes for your overall health and well being throughout the year.
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3 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions to Keep All Year Long
New Years Resolutions. A love hate relationship for many.
January 1st brings us so much optimism and momentum when we think of all that we want to accomplish in the New Year. But for many, the words we vow to live by on January 1st seem to fall by the wayside as the days and weeks go by. I know, because that has been me time and time again.
I believe that people fall by the wayside with their resolutions because they often make them too large, too broad, or too difficult to achieve. Over the years I have learned that the most effective and most meaningful resolutions I have made for myself have been the most simple and realistic.
That is why this year, I want to share with you the three simple strategies I have, and continue, to implement into my own healthy lifestyle everyday that I think make the most impact, with the least amount of effort.
Whether you like the term resolution, goal, lifestyle change or anything else that you use – I hope you can find some beneficial new routines for your healthy lifestyle here.
Resolution #1 – Make Breakfast a MUST!
You’re not a morning person. I get it.
I used to never eat breakfast, in fact in my old life I usually wouldn’t eat anything until 2-3pm. Aside from copious amounts of coffee, or should I say cream and sugar with a splash of coffee ;).
But over time I was able to gradually incorporate breakfast into my morning routine and I am telling you it has made all the difference. As I say in the video below, you want your metabolism to work FOR you, not against you, and eating breakfast is the #1 way to make that happen.
Not sure where to start? These Whole Wheat Breakfast Pizzas pictured below are absolutely delicious, but I also have a ton of recipes on my breakfast recipe page. These are all actual real recipes I use in my every day life, and many of them are make-ahead so that you don’t have to disrupt your already busy morning routine.
I’m not saying you need to go 0 to 100 on this one, but I would start to think about the dishes you like the best, and what is tasty enough to help get you out of bed in the morning.
Resolution #2 – More Vegetables, Less Meat
No I am not vegan or vegetarian, nor do I plan to be.
BUT, I do 100% realize and appreciate the power of plants and believe that they should make up the majority of our daily intakes.
Not only does replacing meat with more vegetables have huge health benefits, like reducing your risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, but more vegetables and less meat also does wonders for the environment and the world as a whole. When you choose plants over meat you are helping to reduce the amount of water used to produce your food, reduce the amount of green house gasses released into the environment, and reduce the overall fuel consumption of the production process.
I have a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian recipes which are a great place to start, but as I said before, you don’t have to go from 0 to 100 all at once. You don’t have to go from carnivore to vegan in one day, that’s not realistic.
A great place to start is by joining the Meatless Monday campaign! Looking for a delicious meatless meal to start with, that even carnivores will love? Try my Greens & Beans Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms – my families favorite!
Resolution #3 – More Water, Less Other Stuff.
This one seems simple, but is very difficult for me personally!
I always feel dehydrated at the end of the day because I never drink enough water, and I know how bad that is for my overall health. Drinking enough water is surely one of the best things we can do for our overall health, water helps our bodies to function properly, flush out unwanted toxins, boost the immune system, prevent headaches and cramps and increase energy.
BUT I am getting better over time. I have found that I just simply don’t like plain water – it just doesn’t do it for me. And that’s OK, part of living a healthy lifestyle is simply finding an alternative way to make something work for you. I like flavored water and drink much more when I enjoy the taste.
Not only do I love this strawberry mint water below, but I LOVE warm water with lemon, ginger, and honey – try it, its yummy!
2019 New Year’s Resolutions
Resolutions, goals, ideas, hopes for the future, whatever you call them – I would love to know what your goals for 2019 are.
As for me? 2019 is going to be all about Gratitude! Learn more about how Gratitude can Completely Change Your Life in 2019 here.
Share them with me below in the comments section 🙂
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