The New Year is just around the corner and we all know what that means: the list of New Years health resolutions will go into effect. Gyms will be filled, refrigerators will be stocked with healthy foods, and fast food chains will be boycotted. In a few weeks however, everything is likely to go back to the way it was. Don’t be one of the many people who let their New Years health resolutions fall to the wayside, especially when it comes to your nutrition goals. This is the year to make a plan to improve your nutritional habits. Instead of jotting down a vague resolution like the standard “eat healthier,” be specific about exactly how you will do it, so your goals are clear and concise.
Follow these specific New Years health resolutions to become a healthier you in 2013.
Commit to eating at least two to three servings of vegetables per day.
The latest dietary guidelines suggest eating up to five servings of vegetables per day. For most of us, this number is hard to reach, so try sticking to a goal of eating two-three servings each day to stay on track to keep this New Years health resolution. One of the many reasons to eat your veggies is that they pack a heavy punch of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your body craves. Bring carrots and celery in your homemade lunch and serve veggies at dinner. You’ll be starting a healthy habit.
Switch to a high-fiber cereal.
Instead of eating cereals packed with loads of sugar, choose cereals that are high in fiber and low in sugar. Fiber helps regulate your digestive system and positively impacts your overall wellbeing. Eating less processed sugar at breakfast will also help eliminate the burst of sugar-fueled energy followed by a mid-morning letdown.
Read food labels.
It’s easier to make sure you are getting the right amount of your daily nutritional necessities when you pay attention to the nutritional value of foods as listed on their labels. You’ll not only find calorie counts, and sugar and fat content; labels also show which vitamins and minerals the food contains, plus the percentages of the recommended daily requirements each one meets.
Never skip meals.
One of the most effective New Years health resolutions: commit to eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. Skipping meals not only can lead to weight gain and fatigue, but also deprives you of essential nutrients your body needs to function properly.
Eat everything in moderation.
Last but certainly not least, eat in moderation. Calories still count in 2013. But eating healthy and sticking to your New Years health resolutions doesn’t mean that you have to shun anything with sugar or avoid all types of fat entirely. Some foods with high sugar content, like carrots and sweet potatoes, and “good” fats, such as olive oil, have nutritional components that contribute to your overall wellness.
Making lifestyle changes is never easy. It takes time and dedication to stick to your goals, but that’s the promise of a New Years health resolution. Remember that getting the proper nutrition, through the food you eat and natural supplements, can lead to a healthier and happier you.