2019 is officially in full swing and you’re trying out those health-related New Year’s resolutions!

At first, it may seem increasingly tiring or exhausting to keep to a new diet or healthier eating schedule. Your body needs time, discipline, and patience to adjust to a new diet. However, you may find it even harder to adjust if you only focus on consuming certain foods over meals that improve metabolism, weight loss, and energy.

Luckily for you, we have a simple guide that can help you stay locked into your diet-related goals for the New Year. Last month we posted about some general healthcare tips for the new year; combine our list of healthy habits with the following dieting tips to make 2019 the healthiest year to date!

Tip #1: Do not skip meals. Make sure to have three meals a day to enhance healthy dieting

Skipping meals not only slows your metabolism but it also enhances cravings later and increases overeating. Stick to the three meals a day rule to keep your metabolism at peak performance.

Ideally, you should try and eat a snack or meal between five-hour intervals. If you’re rushing out the door for your morning commute try eating a quick snack such as yogurt and fruit or a quick bowl of cereal. In addition, you should eat light snacks throughout the day to curb cravings before you get home.

Keep to a three meal system to keep your metabolism and cravings in check. But the question remains: What foods should you eat for your regular meals?

Tip #2: Fruits and veggies are your best friends to meeting New Year’s resolutions

Fruits and veggies are the keys to establishing a healthy diet.

A person should eat five servings of both fruits and vegetables that contain heaps of natural sugar and nutrients. But what constitutes a serving? A serving of fruits or vegetables varies depending upon the food you’re eating; for example, a single apple counts as one serving of fruit. This guide from CookingLight breaks down serving sizes for multiple fruits and veggies.

It may seem like common sense that we included “eat more fruits and vegetables” as a tip, but people tend to forget or neglect their intake of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, a person may just simply not like that many fruits or vegetables. So what can a person do to make eating fruits and vegetables more appealing?

Tip #3: Actively combine fruits and vegetables with tasty dishes and lean proteins

The best way to keep on track with new healthy eating habits is to combine healthy foods with zesty and delicious meals you already make.

Trying to eat more salad? Add a lean protein like chicken, limit the amount of dressing, and tack on ample vegetables for a healthy salad that keeps you full. Eating yogurt, cereal, or quick breakfast snacks. Pair those snacks with some fruit to create a high-energy meal.

Not sure where to start and want to create nutritious meals? Try a quick internet search for new recipes from healthy eating lifestyle websites, magazines, and similar publications. Popular food-based media outlets like Food Network offer a plethora of healthy eating recipes.

Use these simple, yet effective, healthy diet tips to get your body used a healthier intake of nutritious foods. Soon enough, you’ll become a healthy diet master and those New Year’s resolutions will be second nature!