Who doesn’t love New Years? What better time to set goals, turn over a new leaf, and of course live a healthier lifestyle.
We all know our portions are too large, we snack (graze ) too often, eat out more than we eat home (putting other people in control of our food), consume way too many processed foods, and exercise too little.
So, below are tips to ease you into 2013. No need to pick all of them, but consider a few to incorporate into 2013.
1. Eat smaller portions- Period. Purchase smaller plates, mugs, and bowls. Share meals when dining out. Order appetizers. Take half your food home. Do whatever works, but eat less.
2. Chose healthy carbs. Unrefined carbs (whole grains) should fill your pantry. Its been well documented that refined carbs (white bread, rice, refined grains and flours) are empty calories that contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
3. Drink more water. Not only essential for maintaing bodily functions, but helps with satiety and keeps you away from other sugary beverages.
4. If you cannot pronounce it- don’t eat it. Hopefully reading labels will decrease the demand for low quality, highly processed foods. Real food doesn’t need labels.
5. Incorporate meatless Mondays. Better for your health because you will be adding beans, legumes, and fruits and veggies into your diet. Also better for the environment. Beef carries the largest carbon footprint. If every household did this, imagine what we could do for Mother Earth.
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year.