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bigstock-New-Year-s-resolutions-51705166New Year celebrations have happened. It’s hard to believe that yet another year has flown by!  Perhaps you have taken some time to look at what you accomplished in 2012 and now it’s time to ponder some healthy nutritional resolution goals for 2013.

Although January 1st is a great time to start fresh, healthy lifestyle changes can be made at ANY time. It’s best to start making changes when life is not full of other commitments, obligations and more importantly STRESS. Changes need to be implemented when you have the time to focus on setting the goal, planning your strategy and putting that plan into action.

Here are 5 great healthy resolutions that aren’t drastic but realistic. Remember that some of the smallest changes create the biggest results.

  1. Power up with more fruits and vegetables.  Make a conscious decision to eat MORE fruits and vegetables in their most pure and simplest form.  This could be eating an extra salad throughout the day or taking a bag of fresh cut veggies to work for your snack.
  1. Drink more water, less pop or sugary drinks.  It’s a well-known fact that MOST people are not getting enough fluids throughout the day.  Our bodies need at least 1.5 L – 2 L of water daily.  Reduce or eliminate the sugary high calorie beverages and add more water to the diet.  Water intake will need to be adjusted if you exercise a lot or drink beverages with caffeine (tea, pop, coffee).
  1. Protein with every meal.   Be sure to add protein with every meal and snack.  Protein keeps you feeling fuller longer.  Some great sources of protein include eggs, lean meats, quinoa, and Greek yoghurt.
  1. Try new foods.  On your next trip to the grocery store, go into the produce section and pick out a vegetable or fruit that you have never tried. Trying new foods expand your taste buds and add variety into your diet.
  1. Add fish to your diet once a week.  In order to get the necessary Omega-3 fatty acids add some fish to your diet.  It could be as easy as having grilled salmon poached with lemon and dill or adding a can of salmon to a salad full of fresh greens.

Take a sensible approach to healthy living and you will see the results.

Share your 2013 resolutions with me. I love getting feedback! And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~In good health

Stephanie

 

 

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