A New Year, A New You!

With the New Year almost here, it’s time to take a look back at 2017. Did you hit your health goals? Are you getting close? It’s never too late to modify our eating, exercise and sleep patterns. Here are a few tips to keep you on track in 2018!
1. Decorate your plate: Aim for seven colors each day. Prioritize dark leafy green salads and colorful veggies. Try to find a way to get some deep purple beets in your next holiday potluck lineup. Seasonal pureed pumpkin, yams and sweet potatoes make it easier than ever to enjoy immune-boosting beta-carotene. Be sure to keep this tradition going even after the lights and New Year’s noisemakers are put away.
2. Trim the fat: It’s never too late to start a new tradition that celebrates physical activity and the healthy basics – fresh fruits, vegetables, organic meats and legumes.
3. Call the shots: Create a precision eating plan. Keep a food diary (free at our office), and write down what you eat, the serving sizes and how you feel after you eat specific foods. Which foods help you satiate hunger, and which ones ramp up your appetite? Plan accordingly, and stock up on those that keep hunger at bay.
4. Prepare in advance: Share your favorite recipes. We’ve all been to gatherings with foods that could derail our health and fitness goals. To avoid this situation, make a healthful pit stop along the way. Pick up a veggie platter, or if you like to cook, try your hand at roasted Brussels sprouts or a bean salad. Nobody will know if your next “meatloaf” is actually a lentil loaf, a mix of fiber-packed lentils, beans, nuts and seeds. And if they do, encourage them to have a slice and share the recipe.
5. Reset your mindset: It’s hard to prioritize our health when other demands – family, work, and the holidays – take center stage. The easiest way to make your health goals a reality, for 2018 and beyond, is to make reaching for disease-fighting foods a daily habit. It takes 21 days to begin to retrain our brains. After a few weeks, everything falls into place. With Jan. 1 right around the corner, now is the perfect time to kickstart your health into high gear. Don’t wait another day.

 

Article adapted from US News.

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