2018 has come to an end! Looking at the year ahead, why not try to boost your health through nutrition? Below, I will make five suggestions for 2019 nutrition-related resolutions that will help cultivate a healthy lifestyle that will be easy for you to hang on to for the rest of your life.
Breakfast sets the platform for your entire day. And toast doesn’t cut it! Try to get as much protein as possible during breakfast and the odds are that you will feel more energized, be less likely to overeat later in the day, and feel sharper mentally as well. I suggest eggs (add low-fat cheese for an added protein boost), Greek yogurt, nut butter on whole grain toast, nuts tossed into your oatmeal…anything you can think of to add protein to your breakfast.
The bonus? Several studies have proven that people who eat a hearty breakfast are more likely to lose weight.
Research alternatives to your favorite junk food. Are you a chip lover? Switch to popcorn—it’s a fiber-full, whole-grain, low-calorie snack if you leave out the butter! Do you have a sweet tooth? Swap candy for fruit! You can get very creative with fruit. Try frozen grapes or blueberries! If you love chocolate, try dark chocolate—it’s loaded with antioxidants!
Are you on the go a lot and resort to fast food out of convenience? Carry along healthy snacks with you to help deter your fast food stops. Plan easy meals like grilled cheese on whole grain bread with tomato soup so that you don’t have to rely on fast food!
Eating meals at home is an easy way to cut calories, save money, and reduce salt intake (which will improve your heart health). I recognize that implementing home-cooked meals is not easy. Try to make it fun. Look up 15-minute meals and create a grocery list and a schedule for the week. It’ll take some getting use, but the benefits you will reap are worth it!
I’m not telling you to become a vegetarian, but to increase your vegetable intake! Explore vegetarian meals and try to have at least one vegetarian meal a week. Vegetarian meals tend to be lower in calories and fat, and higher in nutrients and fiber. Consider joining the Meatless Monday movement!
I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Here’s to your health!