With the New Year upon us, it can be a big concern to make healthy habits a part of your everyday life. But it can be confusing or even daunting to know where to begin. If you’ve already tried and failed at sticking to a New Year’s resolution – or if you’ve watched someone else try and fail – this effort becomes even more mysterious.

Why Are Healthy Habits Tough to Adopt as New Year’s Resolutions?

If healthy habits are so good for us and we resolve to adopt them for ourselves at the start of a year, why is it that so few of us are successful? Why is it that all these good intentions and smart wellness moves aren’t easier to adopt?  There are many answers to these questions.  Some are biological, some are social, others have to do with any of dozens – if not hundreds – of other factors affecting our lives.

Fortunately, there are some steps we can take to help us to send our paths in the right direction.

The key to choosing the right healthy habits for you is in being practical and reasonable.

It’s not reasonable to think that we can overhaul every factor in our lives and expect it to stick.  It’s not realistic to think that we can take on extremely challenging efforts that will make every hour of our days difficult for the rest of our lives, but that we’ll keep them up anyway. It’s not practical to think that we will be able to take on habits that simply don’t fit into our lifestyles.  For instance, if you have a jam-packed schedule, it isn’t practical to think that you’ll be able to eat 8 small homemade meals every day.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways that you can take hold of your lifestyle and develop habits that will promote a lifetime of good health.  Use the following options to help improve your lifestyle.  Start by working on just one.  Even if you intend to adopt them all, remember to do so gradually so you don’t overwhelm yourself and end up giving up altogether.

Check Out These Practical and Healthy Habits

  1. Try eating less meat and making sure the meat you do eat is from pasture raised and grass-fed livestock, not from factory farms. Say no to GMO. Adding meatless meals to your weekly menu will be better for your budget and will offer you many health benefits. Vegetarians tend to weigh less, eat fewer calories, and have a lower risk of heart disease and high cholesterol.
  2. Eat more organic fruits and vegetables. When you do eat fruits and vegetables, eat as many as you can raw. If that’s not possible, steam them lightly. Also, try juicing a few times a week. If you’re feeling brave enough, consider juice fasting, you can make this a habit to do once a month.

Wellness Advantages of These Healthy Habits

People whose diets were rich in fruits and vegetables are less likely to have/be:

  • heart disease and other heart problems
  • high cholesterol
  • high levels of triglycerides
  • high blood pressure
  • overweight
  • obese
  • metabolic syndrome
  • high blood sugar
  • abdominal fat
  • diabetes

Additionally, a diet high in fiber decreases the risk of heart disease by 27 percent.

These Tips Can Help You Even Further

  1. Avoid processed foods and things that are packaged or contain a lot of preservatives. Also avoid drive-throughs, gas station food, and any other convenient unhealthy meal options. Try to keep dried fruits or trail mixes in your car to help you avoid eating out.
  2. Avoid poisoning yourself. Stop using toxic household cleaners and cosmetics. Additionally, don’t drink your fluoridated tap water. There are a variety of health hazards that toxic household cleaners can cause. Some happen right away; some happen over time. Immediate health hazards are skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns. Long-term health hazards of toxic household cleaners include cancer, chronic respiratory illnesses, and scarring.
  3. Get Fit. Many people make fitness their New Year’s resolution, some people fall short in this resolution, but you don’t have to. Trying a new type of exercise such as yoga, tai chi, or just meditation may inspire you to exercise more and offer many other healthy benefits as well. Meditation, tai chi, and yoga all are known to be energizing and lead to mental sharpness, the ability to overcome negative things such as anger, and will physically make you leaner and stronger.

How to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

New Year’s resolutions don’t typically last but starting the new year with healthy habits will. It only takes 21 days to form a new habit, why not start the new year with healthy ones. These habits will stick with you for years and years to come, and your body, your family, and pets will thank you for it. Forming these healthy habits will add years to your life.