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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 16:00

Staying Healthy in 2014

Is eating better in 2014 a part of your New Year health plan? Eating healthy can be hard if you don’t have the right mindset. Oftentimes, people begin their new diets with such strict limitations and ideas of what it means to be healthy, that they soon end up eating much worse than they did when they started.  Instead, set yourself up for success with these simple tips to make sure this New Year’s resolution sticks!

 

  • Make fruits and vegetables the easy option. Take a tip from the smart folks who thought to put potato chips in single-serving bags. Stock your fridge with little bags of cut fruit and vegetables for when you’re “on-the-go” days. You can also enjoy them on a salad, with hummus, or in a veggie wrap.
  • Drink your veggies! If the taste or texture of leafy green vegetables unpalatable to you or your child, try adding chopped veggies into a fruit smoothie. Blended in with the sweetness of berries, half a banana and bit of yogurt, the flavor of the vegetables in undetectable.  Nutrient-packed greens like spinach, kale, collard greens and even parsley & basil blend up easily and will insure a much healthier you!
  • Focus on foods you like. It’s important to explore new healthy foods, like grains or vegetables that may be unfamiliar to you, but it’s essential to include foods you love and are satisfied by. Don’t force-feed yourself foods that you can’t stand the taste of.  And if you’re that determined to fit those foods into your diet, look for creative ways to incorporate them that won’t avert you from them all together. 
  • Beware of extreme measures. For example, cutting out all animal products may be proven to be too drastic to maintain. Start simple, like just eliminating red meats and cheese initially. Gradual changes will be more sustainable and lead to lasting lifestyle of health and wellness.
  • Don’t allow yourself to go hungry.  If you feel like a snack, have it.  Being too strict will most likely be the cause of overeating and indulgence.

And remember, “If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food.” - Errick McAdams. Keep good food in your fridge and pantry – a moment of weakness could be the thing that sets off a snack binge.

To a Happy and Healthy 2014!

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