It’s the New Year, people all over the world are making resolutions to help transition a part of their routines and habits in hopes to create a better version of themselves. Whether it is quitting a bad habit, promising to do more of something good or maybe creating more time to do something you love, a typical resolution is to be more healthy. A lot of people promise themselves to eat healthier, exercise more or be more active for the New Year. Is this New Years Resolution easy to maintain throughout the year? Let’s start with baby steps first and see how challenging a New Years Resolution revolving around health is.
Here are “5 Easy Dietary Changes to Improve Your Health.”
1. Reduce or eliminate consuming sugary drinks.
Juice, pop, energy drinks, flavoured water and more contains a significant amount of sugar per serving. Consuming these drinks are often easy because they are available almost everywhere. The downside to consuming sugary drinks is weight gain due to the High Caloric content of the beverages. There are many cases where consuming more than one serving of sugary drinks on a daily basis can lead to obesity. There’s an excellent suggestion to replace these glasses; some are water, coffee(consumed black or with minimal sugar and not Starbucks), and tea. These will help you maintain decent levels of hydration throughout the day without any added sugars and calories.
2. Eat more vegetables and fruits.
The average person does not consume the proper servings of vegetables and fruits. The rule of thumb is to fill half of your plate with a variety of coloured vegetables. Potatoes are often not considered a healthy vegetable option due to the starch content and it may lead to high blood sugar levels.
3. Choose healthier oil alternatives to cook with.
A lot of foods are prepared using cooking oils. Oils that contain saturated and trans fats should be avoided. The most popular oil that is a healthy choice is Olive oil. There are also other alternatives to Olive oil and those are grape seed oil, peanut oil and avocado oil.
4. Eat less processed foods.
Processed foods usually contain a lot of preservatives and fillers. Not all of them are harmful or unhealthy to the human body. For instance, a can of beans contains chemicals in the water to help preserve the beans; those can be rinsed off. Other processed foods like bacon, deli meats and meals where the primary product is to be consumed contain preservatives that can’t be separated. Therefore, your body ingests harmful additives over time.
5. Shop from a list.
Shopping is a crucial component to aiding a healthy diet. Making a list creates discipline when shopping and prevents you from impulse buying at the grocery store. Even when you do purchase an item that is not on your list, there is some form of guilt present.
Starting a New Year’s Resolution surrounding better health may be easily influenced by your peers or family. Commercials and retail ads also play a considerable role in your shopping habits. When choosing an everyday diet, make sure it benefits you and that it’s not mirroring another person’s set personal goals. Every person has a different body and metabolism; you need to listen to your body at times. Don’t starve yourself or go on ridiculous strict diets that you may not be able to handle or it’s merely unhealthy for you. Start with these baby steps and you’re one step closer to living a healthy lifestyle.
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