January is the perfect time to hit the “reset” button on your old habits as you start to create new ones.  While I support the importance of New Years resolutions and those who want to set a goal to get healthier and take better care of their bodies, I’ve never been a fan of that  “The diet starts January 1st” mentality.  That kind of attitude treats nutrition and exercise as an experiment or a novelty, rather than a lifestyle. So I’m here to present the OPPOSITE of a Resolution.  Call it your New Year’s Lifestyle. Here are 10 steps to create a healthy lifestyle forever. Take it one day at a time, and build each new habit upon the next one, until you create a doable, realistic new way of eating.

Sleep Off The Weight

Think of it this way: your “new day” always starts the night before.  Be sure to get a good night’s sleep so that you’re not dragging in the morning. When your regular sleep pattern is less than the recommended amount, it can compromise your immune system causing symptoms like irritability, depression, and a lackluster demeanor due to your body releasing stress hormones.

What Goes In Must Come Out.

That’s right – we can’t underestimate the importance of elimination. That means increasing your fiber intake – shoot for 25 grams a day – to get your digestion on track for 2016. I’m also a fan of probiotics for regularity and increased vitality, like Bio-K.

Shrug Off Your Sugar.

You’ll be amazed by the results when you cut back on refined sugars. Simple substitutions (like choosing sparkling water over soda, or a fresh orange over a glass of OJ) can do wonders for your mood, energy levels, and waistline. What’s the secret to outsmarting your sweet tooth? Find out here. 

Grab Some Different Grains.

Many people have gluten sensitivities that wreak havoc on their digestive systems; remember, not everything containing the word “wheat” is considered healthy. Try cutting back on grains altogether, getting the majority of your carbs and fiber from veggies and fruit. Instead of sandwiches, try wrapping your lunch up “lettuce-cup” style. And when you do eat grains, choose the purer variety, like steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice.

Shake It Up.

I rarely travel without a to-go pack of protein, because protein shakes are a cornerstone of my daily lifestyle. Choose a protein powder that’s low in sugar and mix with frozen berries, unsweetened almond milk, some flaxseed oil, and swap it out for at least one meal a day. It’s a delightful breakfast, post-workout snack, or sweet-tooth-satisfier. (I recommend using the Kathy Smith Protein Shake)

You Are What You Drink.

When we think of nutrition, we often overlook the importance of liquids. Upping your water intake is key, of course – but what about the rest of your daily beverages? I like to “jazz up” my water with fresh lemon or ginger (with hot water), and I also love freshly-juiced green drinks loaded with spinach and kale. If you’re a caffeine junkie, switch your sugary, calorie-laden latte for a cup of heart-healthy green tea. Or, try one of my favorite protein shake recipes!

Make It A 9-Veggie Day.

Push your produce intake – and get creative with your veggie selection. Don’t stick to the tired formula of iceberg lettuce and carrot sticks. Try adding some kale and collard greens to your diet. (And if that sounds less than delicious to you, steam them, add a splash of olive oil, and you’ll quickly change your tune! Or, fill up on my favorite Winter Weight Loss Soup, which sneaks in 3 cups of kale!

Shop Yourself Thin.

Weight loss doesn’t start in the kitchen – it starts at the source: the grocery store! Stock up on healthy treats that you’ll actually look forward to eating, so that you have plenty of options when hunger strikes. And stick to the perimeter of the supermarket – that’s where the fresh produce, low fat dairy and protein options usually are. The center aisles are usually filled with cookies, crackers, and packaged stuff you’d like to avoid.

Pick Your Proteins

Protein is a major building block in any nutrition plan, so choose wisely.  Eggs, salmon, and lean cuts of meat, are the perfect ways to round out your meal.  And don’t forget to stock up on some protein powder! (I recommend using the Kathy Smith Protein Shake!)

Find The Right Fats.

Just because you’ll be losing fat in 2016 doesn’t mean you won’t be eating fat. In fact, every time you eat, you should include a small portion of healthy fats. Go for monounsaturated options like olive and coconut oil – they’re heart healthy and make a delicious addition to any meal.

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