MAKE IT YOUR BEST NEW YEARS RESOLUTION EVER!! TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
Skip that problematic resolution of “losing weight” or “starting a fad diet.” Those have been proven not to work. Instead, be proactive and become better educated about one of the most important things you can control that will affect both the length and quality of your life. Become a healthier person by following these basic principles.
AVOID SUGAR! No exception to this rule. Learn the many different names given to sugar on food ingredient labels. Realize that “low fat” means more sugar is used. Even though the calorie count of certain “low fat” foods may be low, the sugar content will probably be much higher. Look for the amount of sugar on food labels. Recommendations from the American Heart Association say that men should have no more than 36 grams of sugar daily, and women no more than 25 grams.
UPGRADE YOUR CARBS. It isn’t necessary to stop all carbohydrates. It is imperative to learn the long list of “bad” carbohydrates and instead use black bean pasta, sprouted bread, cauliflower rice, and quinoa.
EMBRACE A PLANT BASED DIET. Never eat processed meat. It is safe to get protein from organic poultry and fish. If you must eat meat, use grass fed beef.
CONTROL YOUR PORTION SIZES. Eat slowly — and stop when you’re no longer hungry, not when you’re full. Reaching fullness means you’ve over-fueled. Practice mindful eating.
MINIMIZE YOUR LIQUID CALORIES that come from soda, alcohol, or specialty coffee drinks add up quickly and they are expensive. Organic loose leaf green tea and plain water are two of the best liquids to drink. Do you really need any other?
BECOME MORE KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT NUTRITION
1. Learn a few cooking skills and avoid eating out. Restaurant meals are notoriously laden with excess fat, salt, and sugar. If you can make your own meals, you’re less likely to eat out — and you’re more likely to prepare healthier meals and control how much you eat.
2. Understand how to read labels. Realize that most of the chemicals put in our food to preserve, flavor, fertilize, or keep it bug resistant are also chemicals that cause inflammation in our bodies that can lead to many diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
3. Know where your food comes from. Wild caught sockeye salmon is 100% healthier than farm-raised salmon.
Make this your best New Year's resolution ever. Strive to upgrade your nutrition, and be the healthiest you can be.