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Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?
Because now is always the perfect time to get started on whatever it is you want or need to do. This is exactly why I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions. We often find excuses for all kinds of things, from bills to cleaning out our closets — and bettering your health is no different. "I'll begin on Monday" or "When I can afford a gym…" or "I'll start on January 1," are common mantras for procrastinators.
Even if you've given yourself permission to eat mini hot dogs and chocolate peppermint bark for the next month, I have five easy tips that will put you at least two steps ahead on January 1.
1. Start your day with protein.
Studies show that eating protein for breakfast will help increase your satiety and improve your diet overall. Though the amount of your overall food intake may stay the same, you'll be less likely to consume high-fat snacks around dinner time and your hunger won't be looming over you all day.
So ditch the muffin and bowl of cereal you've been eating since college and get your protein on.
2. Load up on fiber.
During the winter months, it's easy to move less, eat fewer fresh fruits and veggies and skimp on your hydration. All of these factors affect (in a not-so-good way) your digestion. To keep your digestive system moving, help you stay full and control your hunger, make sure you're eating enough fiber.
If the same old high-fiber cereal isn't doing it for you, try adding chia seeds to your morning yogurt (just 1 ounce provides 11 grams of fiber) or make a chia pudding by combining 1 cup of almond milk, ¼ cup of chia seeds and 1 teaspoon of shredded unsweetened coconut. Let it sit overnight in the refrigerator and top in the morning with a half cup of berries.
3. Sleep deep.
Give your zzz's a tune up. Sleep hygiene is a powerful tool in your wellness kit because the better rested you are, the less likely you will be to overeat. Lack of sleep increases your hunger hormone in the morning and makes you crave the worst kind of foods.