Happy New Year everybody! While the month of January is still young, everyone around the world is trying to figure and decide what their main goals and ambitions are going to be for the year ahead. If you are one of the millions of people who has chosen health and fitness as your primary concern, then you have definitely come to the right place! It’s a noble goal, but it is also one that you have to make sure you do properly and safely. Here is how to be skinnier and healthier in 2019.
1. Veggies at Every Meal
Make sure to add a portion of at least one vegetable to every meal, even breakfast! From smoothies to carrot sticks to an array of roasted beauties at dinner, there is no excuse not to be eating way more vegetables than you did in 2018.
2. Protein at Every Meal
Alongside your veggies, it is also important to pack every meal with protein as well. Lean proteins, whole grains, legumes, avocado, seeds, nuts, olive oil ... the possibilities are endless so there is no excuse!
Make the commitment to have one large salad as either your dinner or lunch every day. Salad doesn’t have to be boring. It is up to you to search for combinations of ingredients that elevate it from the mundane pre-packaged stuff you might find at the supermarket. Think of it as a personal challenge!
4. Big Lunch
You should try to adjust your schedule so that lunch becomes the biggest meal of the day. It makes sense to consume the most calories when you are being most active, and eating too much too late at night does not help with your digestion if you go to bed shortly afterwards.
5. 80 Percent
Instead of sitting down and eating until you feel completely full, finish your meal when you are about 80 percent. you will find that you come away feeling just as satisfied, but without the overeating feeling of uncomfortable bloating.
Test out going vegan for just one day a week; you might be surprised by just how easy and diverse the diet can be when you are actually faced with it. Focusing on plant-based foods for just one day out of the week can make a big difference by the end of the year.
7. Meal Planning
Never leave a meal decision to the last minute, because that is where fast food and takeout starts to come into the equation. Take some time on Sunday afternoon to meal prep for your entire week ahead. It takes the worry of cooking out of the equation when you are home after a busy day at work on Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday.