As the year comes to a grinding halt and the people closest to the circle look forward to new and positive changes in the year ahead, resolutions are being forged in the hopes of making their mark. It is a regular occurrence which varied based on needs and expectations at the time. For some people, the resolutions center around kicking some of their bad habits like smoking; others decide to use this time to improve their eating habits. Here are a few resolutions that have already been made for the new year, some of these goals may sound a little familiar.
Whether the goal is to lose weight or simply improve on nutritional habits, vegetables and fruits are the most important ingredients for a successful outcome. It doesn't take a genius to realize that increasing vegetable intake makes more sense, especially since they can help with issues like diabetes and regulating blood pressure. Set a goal which includes a specific amount of vegetables or fruit in the menu and ensure that it is reachable. Start small with 2 or three servings of preferred fruits or vegetables and build from there. It won't be long before the vitamins, and minerals begin to flow.
It has often been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don't allow this meal to consist of nothing more than a cup of coffee or tea. Protein builds energy levels and helps reduce that feeling of being tired. There is no better way to cover both areas than by improving the breakfast menu to include foods that are full of protein. A serious change to improve diet and nutrition for any new years resolution will include hard-boiled eggs, cereals that are high in protein and even the addition of some diced chicken to an egg-white omelet.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they think about eating habits is to turn it into a diet. The term diet should not translate into simple portion control; it should become a way of life. Resolutions should involve an all-around lifestyle change which include more meals and less of them. In the initial stages, the cravings to snack will be there, but in the majority of instances, those can be managed by replacing them with a calorie-free soda, a glass of water or a cup of tea.
Whether it is due to a busy lifestyle or a desire to be served, many people choose the option of eating out at restaurants and pubs instead of preparing their own meals. While this may save time and translate into fewer dishes to clean up, it takes away from the ability to manage what goes into the meal. The majority of restaurants are not interested in healthy meals, especially since they cost more to prepare. Resolutions should include spending more time in the kitchen, which might require learning the healthiest ingredients to cook with. There are many quick and easy healthy recipes available.
Finally, it is relatively easy to fall off the wagon when it comes to creating and sticking with a resolution. One of the biggest reasons to end up in that arena is the temptation to go back to things that the body has gotten used to. When those temptations begin, have a plan in place that has proven to be successful. Long winded exercise routines may not be appealing to some people, but a brisk walk around the block has managed to distract many individuals from snacking. The reason it works is because it changes the surroundings and creates a much-needed distraction.