The new year is just around the corner, and this means one thing: resolutions are being drafted.
Most resolutions have something to do with people changing their lifestyle and switching to a healthier one. If you made up your mind and believe it’s time for that switch, these 6 simple tips will help you lead that lifestyle while enjoying the foods you eat.
1. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods: Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat, dairy, as well as other sources of protein. Make sure you go for nutrient dense food as opposed to food high in calories that offer no nutritional value.
2. Exercise: You don’t need to run 5K every day, but try to include exercise in your weekly routine. It doesn't necessarily have to be running or going to the gym, it could range from cycling to dancing to Zumba…etc. As long as it gets your heart rate up and your body moving, go for it!
3. Eat regular moderate portions: Many people have the misconception that skipping meals is the way to lose weight. However, it actually leads to out-of-control hunger, which eventually results in overeating. When you’re very hungry, you forget about good nutrition, so snack in between meals but do so in a moderate manner and make sure your snacks are healthy. Opt for nuts, fruits, vegetables and low-fat yogurt.
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4. Reduce, don't eliminate certain foods: Don’t give up all your guilty pleasures. Cut yourself some slack. Leading a healthy lifestyle isn't about forbidding yourself from having the foods you like, it’s simply about controlling the way you eat and making sure they don’t have a gravely negative impact on your body.
5. Make changes gradually: Change will not happen overnight and you can’t expect that you can instantly get used to a new diet and a new lifestyle. Include changes bit by bit. Start by cutting down on soft drinks, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and perhaps snacking on nuts. You will get there in good time and all those tiny steps will eventually allow you to see some significant changes.
6. Foods are neither good nor bad: The foods you select should be based on your eating pattern. You can indulge in the food you like as long as you have control over it. So don’t feel guilty if you have a piece of cake once in a while, just don’t make a habit out of it.
Make sure you start your new year with a fresh perspective on healthy lives. It’s not about exercising every minute, and definitely not about abstaining from eating. It’s about making sure whatever you take in has a nutritional benefit and can help you function well and feel better about yourself.
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