The New Year is just around the corner and you’re motivated to get healthy. Way to go!
A healthy lifestyle isn’t a one-size fits all, it isn’t about “yes” and “no” foods so try to avoid restrictive, fad diets or unrealistic goals. Being healthy is all about moderation, variety
and fun! Occasionally treating yourself is perfectly reasonable in moderation. Lastly, when our lives become hectic due to our busy schedules, remember to have a happy and healthy new year!
Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your journey towards good health in 2021:
Shave your portions: eat on a smaller plate, when you order take out only eat half the meal and save the rest for leftovers, avoid eating directly out of the bag-put those snacks in a bowl and maybe even start with the serving size on the label.
Slow down when eating: If you are right handed, try eating with your left hand, chew food at least 20 times before swallowing it, wait 15 minutes for second helpings.
Don’t skip meals: when your hunger kicks in you’ll often justify just about anything– a second helping, a higher calorie selection, dessert, etc.
Get moving: adding steps to your day is like taking “free medicine” for your diabetes, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, mental health, sleep hygiene and weight management. Make it a competition with yourself: use your smart phone or fitness tracker to see what your baseline steps/day are and set a goal to add 200 steps/day. Or walk for 5-10 minutes after each meal (Too cold/wet, don’t have a treadmill at home, gym closed or not COVID friendly? Don’t overthink it, you can also walk in place or start a you tube walking video and follow along in the comfort of your home).