If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to start healthy eating habits, then congratulations on choosing to improve your health and quality of life! Here are 5 simple things you can do to help you get there:
1. Trade Weaknesses for Strengths
It’s much easier to avoid eating foods that are bad for you when you’re struck by a craving if you replace them with healthier options. Raw carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower that you’ve already cleaned and cut up are a much healthier choice than reaching for a candy bar. Keep those healthy snacks handy and the whole family will be eating healthier in no time.
2. Plan for Success
Simply saying that you’re going to eat healthier isn’t a plan. Detail what eating healthier means to you. Even if you start by eating fewer doughnuts during the week or switching one fattening snack for a healthier option, it’s a step in the right direction.
3. Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Choosing a kaleidoscope of colors when buying fruits and vegetables not only provides your body with lots of nutrients, but that all-important fiber, too! If buying organic is an option, do so as often as possible to will help limit your exposure to dangerous pesticides.
4. Limit Your Portions
Restaurants are infamous for serving larger portion sizes. When dining out, split your meal with another person. You’ll likely both still be full. Then take any leftovers home to reheat the next day, adding a salad so you’ll have an entire, well balanced meal.
5. Cut Out Processed Foods
Processed food is bad for you. The more things that are done to food, the unhealthier it is for you. If you can’t cook from scratch, then limit the foods you eat to those with few ingredients in order to better control what you put into your body.
Healthy Eating for the New Year is Possible
Making the resolution to eat healthier is easier when you know what steps to take. You’ll start feeling better and find your whole family will, too. Make the New Year a chance to create a New You!