New Year, New Eating Habits

Try these healthy eating resolutions for a healthier you in the new year.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the “New Year, New You” phrase that comes with the change of the year. It’s even easier to let that phrase fizzle out by the third week of January or so. Why not attack the age-old “lose weight” and “eat healthier” resolutions from a different perspective and cut them into more manageable pieces? Knowing that you can manage an effective diet plan year-round, not just when the new year comes around, then life might be a little easier. These following steps can help even someone who is scared to take the leap into dieting.

  1. Up Your Fiber Intake Getting enough fiber may help prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and may help you slim down. With all these benefits from fiber, the average American eats about 14 grams of day – the recommended daily intake is 21 to 38 grams. One of the easiest ways to up your fiber intake is to eat more whole grains. Quinoa, whole-wheat couscous, bulgur and polenta are all quick-cooking options to add to your weeknight repertoire. Solution: experiment with whole grains.
  2. Pile on the Veggies The majority of Americans don’t eat the daily recommended 3 or more servings of vegetables. If you’re of the mindset that “vegetables don’t taste good,” but know you should eat more of them since they’re packed full of healthy nutrients and fiber, get a roasting pan. Roasting vegetable caramelizes their natural sugars so they taste fantastic. It’s an easy way to cook veggies for dinner–pop a pan of them in the oven and make the rest of dinner while they roast.
  3. Cook at Home When you cook your own food, not only do you know exactly what goes into it, you appreciate your meals more. So, hop onto Pintrest and whip up something you have been craving! With all the food blogs out there, there is a healthy hack for about every recipe! Have fun with experimenting with new things!
  4. Reduce the Sugar Get your sweet fix with fruit or try other natural sweeteners such as honey or agave, steering away from refined, processed white sugar. Going on a 30 day sugar detox can help reset the body from craving the sticky stuff! Keeping sweet stuff out of reach can better help you control your sugar intake, so try to stay clear of the donut and candy aisle at the grocery store.
  5. Eat More Omeg-3s Upping the amount of omega-3s will help keep your blood pressure down and also has been studied to improve your mood. Omega-3’s can be found in seafood and have the good kind of fats! Try to eat two servings of fish per week. If you’re not into seafood add some flax into your smoothies.

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