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New Year’s Resolutions That Are Actually Sustainable, According To A Dietitian

With a new year comes New Year’s resolutions for many people. But while people are great at making well intentioned commitments like living a sugar free lifestyle or skipping the booze, they aren’t so great at sticking to their promises over the long-term.

The key is to find sustainable resolutions that you will stick with. Instead of making promises to yourself that you know you won’t be able to keep, choose one or two realistic health commitments. Small changes can result in big results.

To help inspire you, here are four New Year’s resolutions that are sustainable and can result in some pretty powerful outcomes that can make you feel like a million bucks in the new year – from January all the way until December.

1. Eat Seafood Two Times A Week 

Greensbury sustainably caught north Atlantic salmon

Many health experts agree that one of the best things you can do for your health is to eat seafood two times a week. From reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes to improved cognitive function as we age, eating fish and shellfish comes with a slew of benefits.

While seafood naturally contains a number of important nutrients, the shining star is the DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming these fats offers unique health benefits that are hard to match.

Committing to two servings of seafood a week is a sustainable choice that can be simple and delicious. By keeping pre-portioned servings of sustainably caught fish and shellfish like wild salmon, shrimp, and cod from Greensbury Market in your freezer, seafood night can happen in a snap. Just defrost your protein, marinate it, and cook it up.

2. Eat Balanced Meals Instead of Snacking All Day 

Healthy chicken and broccoli

Many of us have been snacking more than usual since the pandemic started. And while snacks can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, skipping meals is not ideal. And if you are choosing snacks that are high in carbs and you are skipping the protein and healthy fats, you will be missing out on some important nutrients to help you feel satisfied.

Making sure that you are eating meals made of some carbohydrate, healthy fat, and protein will help you feel fuller for a longer period of time, which can help you with weight management goals. Keeping versatile protein choices like Greensbury Market organic chicken breasts in your home can make meal creation a breeze. Just pair a chicken breast with some steamed veggies and a baked sweet potato for a simple and satisfying meal.

3. Start Your Day With A Glass Of Water 

Drink more water

Water makes up around 60% of your body, and it is essential to many bodily functions.

Many of us wake up and grab a cup of coffee to get the day started. But starting with a glass of water instead can help you rehydrate from the night before and help start your day on the right foot. And since many of us don’t drink the suggested 8-10 glasses of water a day, drinking one glass before you do anything may give you the head start you need to meet your quota. Enjoy a glass of water, and then sip on your cup of joe.

4. Move Your Body Every Day 

Walking in the park

Just 20 minutes a day can make a huge different in your physical and emotional health. A simple walk around the block, a YouTube yoga practice, and even an impromptu dance party in your kitchen can get the blood flowing and help you stay healthy in 2021.

 

Lauren Manaker is an award-winning registered dietitian based in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in human nutrition and is passionate about helping people achieve their nutrition goals. She currently acts as a consultant, food blogger, and freelance writer for outlets including Eating Well and POPSUGAR. When Lauren isn't working, she is enjoying the outdoor life with her daughter, husband, and rescue-pup.