Non Diet Resolutions To Crush This Year

  Jan 5, 2021  |  #Intuitive Eating

The New Year’s diet messaging can be very alluring. I get it. I used to fall victim to it, too.

But, knowledge is power!

It’s not that you can’t diet. It’s okay to want to eat healthier and/or lose weight. There is no fault in having those goals. But, what I want my clients to understand is that dieting doesn’t work and restriction harms your body more in the long run, through slowing down metabolism. 

But, just because you’re not purposely setting out to change your body doesn’t mean you aren’t caring about your health. 

 

girl with tape over mouth

Here are some of my favorite non diet resolution ideas to help improve overall health and wellbeing, and even performance.

Drink More Water

The importance of hydration can’t be emphasized enough. And yes, even in the winter months, winter hydration is just as important!

Hydration helps with so much, including:

  • metabolism and optimal GI function
  • normalize electrolyte levels
  • normalizing body temperature
  • maximizing physical performance
  • optimal cognitive function 
  • improve energy and more

Glass of water

Get More Sleep

Oh, the importance of sleep! While I often focus on sleep adequacy during training and recovery cycles, it’s just important for daily life and function. 

While we each do function best on different levels of sleep, generally the recommended daily allotment is at least 7 hours per night. 

bed white white sheets and white pillowcase

Inadequate sleep will alter our hunger hormones and affect hunger and fullness levels, cravings, and can also increase the risk of injury, among other things.

We actually interviewed sleep expert and RD, Amy Bender, on the Nail your Nutrition podcast. There’s some great nuggets in here!

Try Some Sort of Meal Planning or Prep 

Meal Prep does not need to be all or nothing by any means! Meal prepping and planning helps reduce food waste and can help save you money in the long run. 

Meal planning can even mean subscribing to your favorite meal delivery service to make your weeks a little less chaotic. I love Freshly Fit and Blue Apron!

These subscription services really helped post-baby when we had no time or energy to cook, but also during heavy training cycles, chaotic weeks or even times when I was single parenting!

Thai Lemongrass Bowl from Freshly

If you’re new to meal planning, here are some of my favorite resources. 

Meal Prep with text overlay | Bucket List Tummy

Eat More Fiber

Most of the sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes – foods that have several nutrient benefits.

Many clients come to me with goals of “eating healthier,” without really knowing or understanding what the actually means. It can be a big, vague goal.

So, we work to be more specific. Including more fiber is a more specific goal that would fall under eating healthier. Fiber also offers prebiotics, which help nourish probiotics in your body. 

Banana chia seed pudding topped with banana slices and coconut flakes in mason jar | www.bucketlisttummy.com

There is still an abundance of research to come on the impact of our microbiome on overall health, but eating a variety of fiber rich foods will certainly help!

Plus, fiber rich fruits and veggies also have a slew of antioxidants that can improve performance and affect overall well being. 

For starters, try these recipes:

You can also work to add more fermented foods into your diet to increase your probiotic intake. Some options include kefir, yogurt, miso, natto, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh and kombucha. 

Get Rid Of The Food Rules

Food rules aren’t benefitting ANY of us. If you were truly honest with yourself, could you honestly admit that food rules have made your life better in any way?

Have they made you feel more “in control” or “out of control” of your food choices?

homemade pepperoni pizza on blue serving platter

Have they contributed to more or less stress around food?

Challenging the food police is key to making peace with food!

Spend More Time Standing

While it’s a life long dream of mine to get one of these treadmill desks, in the meantime, I just use a laptop stand (it’s on deal currently). An even simpler answer is to just plop your laptop on a stack of books. 

laptop on stack of books

Spread Protein Out Throughout the Day 

While many of us may know to eat protein after a workout, you should also be including protein in your other meals and snacks consistently

Most people save protein for dinner, when in reality, it needs to be evenly spaced throughout the day!

Pie serving of asparagus mushroom quiche with coffee and strawberries | Bucket List Tummy

Try an asparagus mushroom quiche or a skillet breakfast scramble for breakfast, roasted chickpea sandwiches or a broccoli kale salad with salmon for lunch, and a quick chicken sausage sheet pan for dinner.

Include these no bake vegan protein bites and hemp protein bars as snacks. All will provide you adequate protein amounts, spread throughout the day!

Stacked Vegan Hemp Protein Barsth oats in background

This is also where meal planning can help if you can mentally plan out these eating occasions and recipes/snacks ahead of time. 

And it’s a myth that you can’t get enough protein on a vegetarian or vegan diet – you definitely can, it just takes some planning. Here are some of my favorite vegetarian proteins and vegan meals.

This is just a start for suggestions. 

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