There is nothing like the start of a new year that motivates us for healthy choices and goal making, right? Whatever goal you chose for yourself this year, you can achieve them with a healthy body/mind.
Today, I am sharing my top 5 tips to help you continue with healthy habits and boost your energy levels.
Eat regular meals and snacks:
Many people are tempted to skip meals or start restrictive diets right after the holidays. If you skip meals, you are more likely to overeat at your next meal because you are too hungry by then. Eat according to hunger and fullness. For most people this means eating 3 balanced meals a day and small snacks in between. Remember that food is the fuel for your body and brain.
Increase your activity:
It might take a little bit of planning out of your day, but it is very important to move your body. You do not have to go to a gym to exercise. Include whatever activity you can in your day. In cold winter months, I recommend mall walking to many of my clients who have little ones in a stroller or are pregnant. It’s a good way to get out of the house and get some exercise safely.
Stock up on healthy choices:
Fill your house/fridge with healthy choices. For example: pre-cut veggies and fruit, Greek yogurt, nuts/seeds, greens, cheese, whole grain crackers. This way you are less likely to reach into your cupboard for that box of cookie/chocolate leftover from the holidays.
Best beverage to quench your thirst is water. Every cell, organ and tissue in your body needs water. Keep a reusable bottle of water with you throughout the day. Refill and drink! You might like to add a lemon wedge or some strawberries to your water for flavour. My favorite is adding a handful of mint leaves and a lemon wedge.
Avoid “All or nothing” attitude:
If you do end up eating a few pieces of the chocolate or cookies – it’s OK too! Enjoy your special foods in moderation but continue with your healthy habits for the rest of the year. Consistency and moderation are key.
Check out our recipes for ideas to make your next snack, meal, or dessert. Leave a comment below and let us know how you are keeping yourself healthy in 2019!