It’s a new year and time to make those resolutions for a healthier version of yourself a reality. Many people start off the first few days or even a week or two on the right foot, yet they slowly begin to stray by the end of January. If you’re part of the latter group, pay attention to these tips on curbing cravings and maintaining healthy eating habits throughout the year.

Keep the Water Flowing

Increasing your water intake is probably one of the easiest ways to help you maintain healthy eating habits. Often, our bodies can confuse thirst and hunger, making us think we need an extra snack when really we just need another glass of water. A good goal for daily water amount is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. If this seems like a lot, then start off lower and work your way up.

Try Essential Oils

Essential oils are likely not on most people’s list of things to try when they’re trying to curb unhealthy food cravings; however, the art of aromatherapy can actually be really effective in this. Scents, such as those from Divina Wellness, are specifically designed to reduce cravings, boost metabolism, and support digestion.

Plan Ahead

Meal planning is a hidden trick of the professionals, and it is an easy way to ensure your eating habits stay on track throughout the day. You can spend just a couple hours preparing your meals and snacks for a couple days at a time or for the entire week. This allows you to pack healthy options rather than spur of the moment junk food choices. It also helps prevent the fresh fruits and vegetables you bought last longer because they are being eaten instead of forgotten.

Increase Your Protein Intake

Protein is a sort of magical nutrient in food that can do wonders for your body. Snacks high in protein, such as nuts, eggs, or yogurt, can help keep you feeling fuller for longer. It can also help muscles heal after an intense workout session. In general you should aim for 0.36 grams of protein per pound that you weigh. Healthine.com can give you more information on the importance of protein.

 

As you can see, making room for a few simple steps ahead of time can greatly increase your chances of following through on those New Year’s Resolutions. Not only that, following even one or two of these tips will allow you to get a jump start on the way to a healthier lifestyle that will last much longer than a year.

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