Deciding on a New Year’s resolution is easy, the hard part is following through on your resolution to live a healthier lifestyle in the days and weeks after the first of the year. Although salads can be a healthy option, they’re often not filling enough to hold you over until the next meal.
A total lifestyle overhaul is impossible to implement overnight. It’s much better to commit to manageable changes that you can realistically achieve. Consciously choose one meal every day that you are going eat right for—dinner is a great choice since it’s generally where most of us get most of our calories. Once you’ve mastered the evening meal, move on to lunch. This way, little steps add up to larger lifestyle changes in a delicious way.
Portion control is a huge aspect of healthy eating. Although something may be delicious, it’s best to stop eating when you’re full. This feeling of fullness sets in about 20 minutes after you start eating, so pace yourself as you eat.
Healthy snacks like homemade hummus and guacamole will satisfy your cravings and keep you full throughout the day. Always be careful of portion size, because even though these snacks are healthful, they contain significant calories.
Make easy, healthy swaps at every meal: Greek yogurt makes a fantastic substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream. Swap in brown rice or cauliflower rice for white rice. Try cottage cheese in place of ricotta.
Prepare your meals in advance. The best way to ensure healthy eating is to prepare all of your meals for the week throughout the weekend. Make big batches of healthy soups, casseroles, or slow cooker meals, which are all easy to prepare and perfect for reheating. It’s a lot less tempting to eat junk food when your refrigerator is filled with premade, healthy meals.
Remember, lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight, but small incremental adjustments can lead to big differences in your weight and your overall health. We’re to help you eat a little bit healthier every day.
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Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.