Is it that time of the year again?! The time when our New Year’s resolutions are longer than our Christmas shopping list?
If the answer is yes, then you should reconsider your resolutions! How many times have you already set a resolution that you could not keep? You don’t want to repeat that again; so what to do to make it successful this time?!
Experts in psychology advise us to start small and make one change at a time so that resolutions stick 🙂 ; that’s why I would really advise you to commit to a simple and realistic list that is achievable. I would suggest prioritizing your goals and keeping at the top resolutions that require the least effort yet give the highest outcomes.
I am going to give you some simple lifestyle changes that would really improve your overall health without complicating your life, but remember these are just suggestions; ideally you should make a list of all the eating and exercise habits that you would like to change, and then pick the ones that work the most…but remember to keep your final list short!
Resolution #1 Eat More Fruits & Veggies
Fruits & Vegetables are power foods, on top of being packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, they have lots of fibers and little calories… and guess what! They are powerful tools that have been known to prevent lots of diseases, you name it… Diabetes, heart diseases and even some types of cancers…
Eating more fruits & veggies does not mean cooking ahead of time and preparing meals, it can be as simple as grabbing a banana on the go, or ordering a side salad, or even snacking on some carrots…
Resolution #2 Eat More Fish
Fish is an excellent source of protein, and it is one of the few animal proteins that do not provide you with saturated fatty acids; instead it’s rich in omega3 fatty acids which are a type of essential fats that help improve your cardiovascular health on top of playing a role in boosting memory and keeping dementia away.
If you love to cook, get creative and start coming up with more fish recipes; but if you are on the rush you can always go for canned salmon, trout or tuna; pay attention and select fish canned in water or brine and remember that canned foods are rich in salt so cut down on other salt sources if canned fish is your only option!
Resolution #3 Get Moving
I can go on forever discussing the benefits of exercise on both our mental and physical health; but I am sure you already know them all; so just add 10 minutes to your daily routine every week until you reach 30 minutes most days of the week.
Exercising can mean having a proper training session for those of you who love to exercise & know how to spare time for it; but it can also mean going for a quick walk, dancing in your room, picking up a jump rope…
Resolution #4 Eat Breakfast
There is nothing better than starting your day with a delicious and healthy meal; remember that breakfast is your fuel and it’s the meal that will keep you going for the rest of the day, but it will also prevent you from overeating on later meals so breakfast can be a tool to keep off those extra pounds!!!
Before I let you go, I want to remind you that making changes takes time and commitment and you will most probably have the occasional lapse, so be fair to yourself and accept the fact that minor bumps will come along the way; most importantly pick yourself up and try again, and stay focused on road to achieving your goal.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year brings everyone lots of health and a better lifestyle 🙂
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