Take On 2019: Healthy Eating Goals

Friday, December 28, 2018
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One of my goals of last year was to start eating healthily which is something most people assume I did anyway as I'm a vegetarian and sometimes vegan but my diet wasn't as good as it could have been. Thankfully I did stick to my healthy eating (for the most part) and continued my exercise routine to reach my weight loss goal of two stone, which I did back in the summer.

However, over the past couple of months my healthy eating plan, meal prepping and exercise routine has pretty much disappeared, oops. So one of my goals for 2019 is to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon and stop eating pizza a couple of times per week which is delicious but not so good when it comes to my health and maintaining my weight loss so here are some of my healthy eating goals for the new year: 

Reduce Processed Carbs
One of my favourite foods of all time, along with pizza, is pasta. Pasta is my go-to easy meal basis as it can be adapted in so many ways from a creamy vegan pasta salad, rich tomato and oregano pasta bake and creamy vegan macaroni cheese to adding it to soup, pesto pasta (this list is making me hungry already) or even a macaroni cheese pizza! However, it isn't the most nutritious food you could eat especially for the very high number of calories it contains for a Heather-sized portion (for reference, a Heather-sized portion is approximately half a bag of dry pasta).

I'll never cut out processed carbs as I love them too much but I definitely need to reduce the amount I eat. Switching pasta to rice is easy and rice is less processed - I love brown rice but it is a little more time consuming to prepare and cook. I won't even suggest that bulgur wheat, quinoa or courgette noodles are even remotely a good substitute for pasta as they aren't but they are healthier and more nutritious alternatives.

Make Healthy Snack Choices
Snacking is my down fall, along with the huge pasta portions, as I always tend to choose the least healthy options possible. Sandwiches are a staple in lunches around the UK but they're not something I reach for and they contain far more calories than you'd ever think! Recently I've started snacking at my desk as I've had so much work to do with the lead up to Christmas so healthy popcorn packets that are less than 100 calories each, fruit, warm protein rich salads and snack bars such as the Naked bars have been great healthier snack options for me and I definitely want to carry that on into the new year.

Switch To A Fully Vegan Diet?
Lastly is a 2019 healthy eating goal that I'm not 100% sure about right now as it's a fairly big step, although my diet is mostly vegan anyway. I fervently agree with all of the points that suggest that a vegan and plant based diet is one of the healthiest and the best for the environment so I should cut out the last few items in my diet that aren't vegan; however it is a little daunting. I will be taking part in Veganuary again for the fifth time so I think that will be my period to decide if switching to a fully plant based diet in 2019 will be right for me.

Do you have any healthy eating or healthy lifestyle goals for the new year? 

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*This is a collaborative post

13 comments

  1. A plantbased diet definitely makes the world of difference if I'm honest!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  2. Pasta is my go to comfort food and I always have a heather sized portion lol x

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  3. I feel like I will be joining you on this one, with my wedding coming up, healthy eating is so important to me!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk

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  4. I'm trying to avoid any form of goal this year, I don;t want to put too much pressure on myself! But I do need to start thinking more about what I am eating :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  5. I just can't get on board with new year and new me stuff - I love eating too much!

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  6. Good luck with Veganuary again! I don't really have any food and diet goals for this year but I stopped running a couple of months ago and I'm looking to get back into a regular running schedule again this year x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  7. I've kind of abandoned any hope of eating healthily until all the Christmas chocolate is out of the way!

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  8. So interesting. I so need to incorporate some more healthy snacks

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  9. I make it my mission to eat better this year.

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  10. I need to try harder to eat much better this year - I just love the beige food too much!xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  11. I switched to vegan last year but then slipped up I really want to try again

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  12. I really want to try a more plant based diet.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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  13. I always aim to eat healthier! but I need to finish those chocolates haha x

    Joyce | http://www.joycelauofficial.com/

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