Like most of us, you probably made some healthy New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of this month. And — also like most of us — you’re probably already having trouble keeping them.
I believe the ultimate “resolution” is to make small lifestyle changes that are attainable. Baby steps are always easier to start and keep.
Below are a few small habit changes that can make all the difference:
1. Designate all veggie days
Give your system a needed break by planning for vegetable-only days. Start with two to four times per month and, if that is working for you, then increase the days. Focus on raw or lightly steamed veggies, as well as smoothies and juices.
2. Don’t eat after 7pm
Our food needs a few hours to properly digest, which means it’s optimal to stop eating at least 3 hours before bedtime. This form of intermittent fasting allows your body to reset and regulate internally, empty the sugar reserves and start using stored fat.
3. Use half the sweetener
Whether it’s your morning cup of coffee or a sweet recipe, try using half the sweetener than you usually do. Cutting down on the sugar you ingest is a great way to cut calories and improve your health.
4. Get moving for a cause
Choose a charity or cause to support that hosts a marathon, 5k, or fun run. Preparing for the event will improve your discipline, body and overall health.
5. Take your workout up a notch
Start by working out two to four times more per month, and increase as it feels right. During your workouts, challenge yourself to improve your time, distance or reps.
6. Be a toxin-conscious shopper
From processed foods to unnatural beauty products, there are a lot of toxins that we unknowingly put in and on our bodies daily. Pay more attention to what you buy, and opt for products with healthier ingredients, including whole foods and natural scents.