It’s a new year, and we’re sharing seven simple ways you can maximize your health and happiness in 2015!
1-Start The Day Right Kick-start and energize your day by eating a breakfast that has at least 4 grams of protein. Also eat at least 4 grams of fiber, which will help you maintain a healthy weight and lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Oatmeal with fruit is a good choice, and surprisingly, even some grab-and-go breakfast bars and other prepared foods offer good numbers.
2-Snack Sensibly Snacking between meals has its benefits, sure…but only if you snack smart. Be mindful of how much you are eating. Keep healthy snacks on hand so you aren’t lured into a poor substitute. Nuts and dried fruits are great choices.
3-Ditch Empty Calories Sugary drinks are loaded with empty calories. Limit your liquid calories by swapping sodas and sports/energy drinks for fruit and vegetable juices…or better yet–water!
4-Fresh Picked Diet Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. These fantastic foods will help you feel full while providing loads of vitamins and nutrients.
5-Sugar Is NOT The Enemy Put a limit on how much sugar you consume, but don’t cut out the sweets entirely. Try satisfying your craving for sweets with fresh fruit. Grapes are great!
6-Add Activity Good health is much more than just the meals or snacks you eat. A healthy body also requires activity. You were made to move. A brisk walk is just the ticket; take the stairs instead of the elevator and choose a parking spot further away from your destination, if you’re not interested in a full workout. Every little bit of movement helps!
7-Shop The Perimeter Did you know changing your shopping habits is an easy way to improve your diet? Instead of spending so much time in the middle of the grocery store (where most processed foods line the shelves!) shop around the store’s perimeter. This is where you’ll find the fruits, vegetables, lean meats, dairy, and other items that are processed very little…or not at all.
Here’s to your health in 2015! *Happy New Year!*