It’s Not Too Late! 5 Diet Resolutions You Can Still Make for 2013

Just because it’s January 4th, doesn’t mean you can’t still make some awesome New Years resolutions. You’ve still got 361 days left in 2013, so that fresh start is still yours for the taking! Grab a pen and start thinking about some goals that you want to accomplish this year. Your goals may range from job/career goals, spiritual goals, and the most popular – weight loss and fitness goals, which what this article will focus on.

Here are 5 diet resolutions you can make this year that are totally worth it:

#1 – Drink More Water

Drink More WaterWater is the best way to stay hydrated, cleanse your body and rid it of toxins, keep your body working in optimal condition, and deter  false signs of hunger. Did you know that many people often confuse their body’s hunger & thirst signals? I know it may sound a little nutty but it’s true. There are times when you think you might be hungry but in truth your body is just dehydrated and in need of a little water. It’s not a bad idea to cut out soda, fruit juice, and sugary drinks as well… or least cut back. Most people do not realize how many calories they are drinking every day. Water does a body good, so drink at least 8-10 glasses each day.

#2 – Eat 5-6 Small Meals Each Day

5 Meals a DayThe word is out! Eating more often actually keeps your metabolism revved up and results in more weight loss than starving yourself. It’s important, however, that what you eat is healthy and nutritious (so don’t reach for those candy bars). Try pre-planning your meals  each day so that you make good choices and don’t end up  struggling to find something nutritious to eat. Strive to eat every 2-3 hours, which is the best way to keep your metabolism functioning properly, as well as your blood sugar and energy levels in balance. When you eat regularly, your body knows it’s ok to burn calories. When you skip meals and deprive your body of food, it goes into starvation mode because it doesn’t know when to expect the next meal, which results in a slower metabolism, hoarding calories, and fat storage. No bueno.

#3 – Focus on Eating Whole Foods

Eat CleanI don’t count calories and diet, per se – I focus on eating unprocessed foods that are nutritious and healthy.  While you can go on a specific kind of diet plan – or follow a meal plan – many find it’s simply easier to follow a few simple rules:

  1. Cut out processed junk food (cookies, chips, candy, fast food, etc.)
  2. Eat “whole” food, like veggies, fruit, and lean protein (chicken, fish, etc.)
  3. Cut out (or cut down) on sugar and sugar laden drinks (soda, KoolAid, etc.)
  4. Choose complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates (so choose brown rice or quinoa over white rice, or sweet potatoes over white potatoes, etc.)

It’s 2013 – Happy New Year!

Happy-New-Year-2013

It’s 2013 and it’s the first official day of my New Year 90 Day Challenge, so I already got my workout in and I’m feeling good. I totally slacked off over the past 3 months… I got lazy, stalled completely on my workouts as the weather got cold, I moved and became exhausted, and had suffered a personal tragedy that set me back emotionally and mentally. But no excuses, right? Such is life!

Now I’m getting back on track! Today I’m going to finish setting my goals for the month, for the next 90 days, 6 & 9 months, and the 2013 in general. This year is going to focus on me and my kids, especially around health and fitness (obviously) and spirituality. I have some goals when it comes to my home business as well, so focus and consistency will be the keys. What are you doing on this New Years holiday? Here’s a list of challenges I’ve compiled for you:

If you’ve got goals that include health, fitness, and/or losing weight…

31 Days to a Healthier You – from the Fitness Cheerleader 🙂  This one starts today (Jan 1st) and includes 31 one day challenges to help you develop healthier long term habits. This year she’s got prizes too, so why not?