Hello beautiful people, today I am going to share with you 4 life changing healthy eating habits you should adopt in the new year. You have heard it all before “in the New Year I am going to eat healthy and workout!”. Yet so many people never adopt healthy eating habits which typically leaves them frustrated. As we all go into the New Year, I implore everyone to take their physical health and general wellbeing seriously by starting with what you eat. Luckily, developing healthy eating habits doesn’t have to be as restrictive as you might imagine. Here’s a look at the top eating habits to adopt this New Year for a happy healthier you.
Include plenty of fresh produce in every meal
The larger part of your meal should consist of mostly veggies and some fruit. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, all of which are essential to good health. The nutrients help protect the body against a slew of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers. Aim to include at least a serving of fruit in every breakfast and two servings of veggies in your lunch and dinner. To increase your daily intake, consider making smoothies and juices from your fruits and veggies.
Embrace whole food starches
Too many people consume too much refined grains without knowing it. Refined grains includes: white bread, rice and pasta. Whole grains have the bran and germ, therefore retain all the fiber and nutrients present in the grain. Fiber is very important as it makes you feel fuller for longer, while also helping to regulate blood sugar levels. Aim to replace refined grains with whole grain options such as brown rice, quinoa and whole wheat.
Cut down on processed sugar
Processed sugar is one of the biggest perpetrators of poor health. Processed sugar refers to the kind added to foods to sweeten them, not the sugar in natural foods. Examples where added sugar is a major ingredient – soda, sweetened yogurt, your daily cup of coffee, candy, juice, chocolate bars, etc. Be mindful of these. Rather than completely cut out sugar, you could try to gradually lower your intake so you don’t have to suffer intense cravings.
Eating with awareness is one of the most life-changing habits you can start practicing today. Enjoying your food is perhaps just as important, if not more, as the food choices you make. To enjoy your meal, you must slow down your eating and focus your attention fully on every mouthful. Plenty of research shows that mindful eating can help you eat less per meal and still feel more satisfied.
Check out my post on how to find a personal trainer and if you adopt the 4 habits listed above I guarantee that before you know it, the pounds will melt off, your skin will love you, and your overall mindset will be healthier and happier.