Most people rarely maintain their New Years Resolutions past the first month. Rather than giving up on your goals, why not take a look at how you can set them in a way that really works? The key to setting New Years health goals is to be realistic and think long-term. The smartest health goals are simple but have a big impact on every area of life for years to come.
Don’t just think about the short-term results, or how you want to look. Think about how you want to feel. What could you do with more energy? More inspiration? Less weight to carry around? What would you do if you felt totally confident and at home in your body? These are great questions to journal on as you’re setting your goals for the year!
Here are a few ways to detox, reset and stick to your New Years health goals.
1. Set an Achievable Goal
Instead of going from 0-60, it can help to give yourself more time to get there in a sustainable fashion. It’s great to hold yourself accountable to experience big success and it’s equally important that you make sure you have the proper mindset and tools in place. Setting a goal to lose 10 pounds in 7 days is sort of an unrealistic goal because it would require you to push your body in unhealthy ways. Setting a goal to lose 10 pounds in 30-60 days is much more realistic because you can get there by adopting a Clean Eating lifestyle and treating your body well!
When you set your goals, try to keep them simple and limit yourself to making big changes 1-2 habits at a time. As tempting as it can be to completely change everything all at once, this very rarely works out and can actually prevent us from getting where we want to go.
2. Drink Water Like it’s Your Job!
Drinking enough water is at the top of the list for many of us with resolutions to Clean up our diets and live a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re drinking enough water:
- Have a water bottle with you at all times
- Make fancy waters with fresh herbs and slices of fruits or veggies like lemon and cucumber, orange and mint, strawberry and lime.
- Put a pitcher of fresh, purified water in the fridge
- Have a glass of water beside your bed and drink it upon rising every morning
3. Eat a Clean Breakfast
How you start your mornings can set the tone for the rest of the day. High-protein breakfasts can help stabilize your blood sugar and give you more energy for the day. Cravings for sugar and empty carbohydrates also decrease when you’re getting enough protein. Here are a few great options to choose from:
4. Make Some Clean Treats for Snacking
These Chocolate PB Protein Bites for Clean Eating can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the freezer for a quick, low-sugar and protein-packed treat just when you need it! Having Clean treats ready to go for when a craving hits can make all the difference. Health goals HAVE to factor in taste and enjoyment, otherwise, they’re probably not going to stick!
Here are a few other Clean treat recipes you can try:
5. Choose a Movement Goal for the Month
Are you aiming to get healthier overall this year? It can help to create a movement oriented goal. Something simple that you enjoy to get into your body on a daily basis and create a new habit. Here are a few you could try on:
- Go for a morning walk with your coffee for 20-30 minutes to start your day
- Go for a walk after dinner every evening
- Practice 30 minutes of yoga in your living room daily
- Do a squat challenge
- Stretch every morning and every night before bed
6. Try a Detox Soup for Lowering Inflammation and Weight Loss
I love simple soup recipes for lowering inflammation, boosting the bodies detox abilities and dropping water weight. Here are a few of my favorite soups for you to add to your meal-planning over the following months!
7. Eat a Big Salad Every Day
Choosing a big giant salad every day is SUCH a great health goal and it really sets the tone for Clean Eating You’re crowding out the bad stuff with the good stuff, loading up on nutrition and lots of protein too. Here are a few of my favorite salad recipes. Add them to your meal plan this week!
8. Take the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge
Accountability is everything when you’re gearing up to reach those goals! Remember, it takes time, consistency, commitment, and SUPPORT! The 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge can help if your goals are to:
- lose weight and keep it off
- build a healthier relationship with food
- lower your inflammation levels
- have clearer skin
- feel stronger
- look more radiant
- fit into a dress for a wedding or that vacation you’re going on
The challenge comes with step-by-step meal plans, shopping lists, and accountability support. It’s a really great way to find strength in community and set yourself up for success.