This is definitely the season for resolutions. The new year brings a wide range of healthy eating resolutions that are usually tied to losing weight or stopping a bad habit.
It goes without saying that dropping bad habits like smoking and excess alcohol intake will help with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I have 5 habits you can adopt everyday and will help you lose weight, get healthy, or help someone you love.
- Get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables before 2pm. Why would I say this? Most people don’t get the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables throughout an entire day, so is it possible to get them in before dinner? Yes. If you are eating fruits and vegetables, hopefully, you aren’t eating a bunch of junk. Add even more in at dinner and you’re on your way to a healthier diet without even thinking about it.
- Drink more water. No more soda – I’m not sure why everyone is still drinking it anyway. And drink fewer drinks with sugar or artificial sugar. When you go out to eat, even though a drink may come with your meal, order water instead. Your body needs it. Your skin will look better, your eyes will look better, you will have more energy. Drink more water.
- Eat protein at breakfast. Since some people reading this may not eat any breakfast at all, this one may be the toughest habit to adopt. Many breakfasts are filled with sugary treats, but getting some protein in can help keep you full and satisfied. Eggs, milk, lean ham, greek yogurt, and even leftovers can help boost your protein intake at breakfast.
- This can’t be stressed enough, limit added sugars. No more than 10% of calories should come from added sugars. For women, no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar in a day and for men, no more than 9 teaspoons a day (unfair, I know).
- Don’t diet. This one is my mantra. Too many people waste their days counting calories and beating themselves up about the food they eat. Food is amazing and we should all learn how to enjoy it. That’s right, I said “learn”. As kids, we all LOVE food, but as adults we forget how much we love it and we teach ourselves to hate everything about it. Learn to love it again. Stop dieting once and for all.
I hope these new habits lead you to a better 2017!