As the old saying goes, “a new year, a new beginning.”

If change is what you desire in 2019, remember to set short-term, reasonably attainable goals to build momentum. And don’t throw in the towel if you steer off course. We’re all just human and we’re all striving for a safe, happy and healthy new year.

Don’t wait for the New Year to make a resolution

Resolutions play a big role in everyone’s healthy new year. I’m actually trying to incorporate a few right now. However, it’s not a good idea to refuse change when change is needed. If a particular aspect of your life is sliding, it should be dealt with in a timely manner.

In other words, a New Year’s Resolution can happen any time of the year. It could be in the dead of winter or on the 4th of July. Remember to stay connected to your own personal needs. Don’t worry so much about what everyone else is doing.

Follow the food trends

It’ll be interesting to see which food trends stick in 2019. I’m rooting for the following:

“Real Food” – The real food movement kept on rolling through 2018 and since it won’t be dying out anytime soon, it’ll be interesting to see how it evolves in 2019.

The Vegetable Takeover – Once known as nothing more than a “side dish,” the resilient vegetable is poised to continue its resurgence throughout 2019. When asked about the turnaround, Cauliflower said, “My friends (Eggplant, Portobello Mushroom, Butternut Squash, etc.) and I are enjoying the spotlight, but we won’t be happy until we push the meat off the plate.” Perhaps a little payback? Stay tuned.

Nordic Cuisine – The Mediterranean Diet receives loads of praise every year (especially in health studies). However, the Nordic Diet is similar to it Mediterranean counterpart in several ways. The Nordic Movement uses foraging to its advantage while perfecting pickling and fermentation techniques, which is excellent for gut health.

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Sustainable Seafood – This is probably wishful thinking, but wouldn’t it be great if the seafood industry could get its act together in 2019. If not, over-fishing and debatable methods of farm-raising will continue to pose questions for consumers if reasonable answers aren’t found.

Conscious Consumption – As long as we’re alive, food waste will always be a problem. Sure, we can continue to rely on advancements in waste removal, but we can also turn to more sustainable methods of preparation and consumption (e.g. using more of the animal/vegetable, root to leaf prep techniques).

Adopt a flexitarian eating style

Human beings are great at adaptation and will always learn how to become more efficient. However, the key with healthy eating is finding the right mix for optimal function.

For example, some people go vegan every day until dinner. Others go paleo during week, but not on weekends. Other people who eat mostly fish (or pescatarians) can go for the occasional steak or burger without feeling the shame.

As for myself, I like to go 80/20. I tend to eat healthier foods eighty percent of the time, while enjoying less healthier options the other twenty percent. I believe balance is very important in adopting a flexitarian eating style. Long-term deprivation can cause stress, which is much worse for our health than enjoying an occasional donut.

Be creative

Most people undervalue their own creativity. And most of us quit on our imagination years ago. However, both of these attributes can be extremely helpful. Especially, when attempting to reshape and/or manage our self-image.

We’ve all tried “fake it until you make it” or “act like you’ve been there before.” But these ideas don’t last because our self-image doesn’t change. And if our self-image doesn’t change, neither do we. We can fake something all we want, but most of us are just trying to be real.

In 2019, be creative and spend some time in your imagination. Your self-image just may fall into place (along with other habits you’re working on).

Dismiss negative thinking

Negative thoughts are a part of life (if you didn’t know by now). Most people experience them on a regular basis. For some (including myself), it seems like the more we build ourselves up, the more a negative thought can tear us down. Especially when we’re just trying to do the best we can.

The best way to deal with a negative thought? Dismiss it right away. If that’s too hard, simply consider the thought a “suggestion” and not a fact. Be thankful for the advice and move forward.

I know this is easier said than done, but making the effort is well worth it.

Be the kind of person you know you can be

What kind of person do you want to be in 2019?

I’m the kind of person that complains when things don’t go my way.
I’m the kind of person that says things without taking others into consideration.
I’m the kind of person that eats anything.
I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to go to the gym.

OR

I’m the kind of person that endures regardless of the situation.
I’m the kind of person that thinks before I speak.
I’m the kind of person that eats fresh and healthy food.
I’m the kind of person that loves group fitness classes.

Keep in mind, your self-image will bend over backwards to fulfill any label you put on yourself. So, what kind of a person do you want to be in 2019 The power is in your hands.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy new year.