Year after year many of us make these crazy, unrealistic weight-centered resolutions for the New Year. This year, our advice is short and sweet (but not too sweet)…Eat better. Move More.
It’s that simple. Make smart choices when you can, and balance out what you eat with how much you move.
Do what you can do to add more veggies and fruits to your meals and snacks whenever you can. Cereal, pancakes, nuts, spaghetti sauce – whatever you’re eating, there’s a good chance you can throw in some fruits or veggies pretty easily.
Whole grains are always better then refined grains like white bread and white rice. That doesn’t mean you have to strip white bread from your diet, but choose whole grains like wheat bread and brown rice when they’re available to you. Does brown rice turn you off? Try making it with low-sodium chicken broth instead of water – it gives the rice so much extra flavor and makes for a really delicious side.
You’re probably hearing more and more about the negative effects of sugary drinks like soda, juices, and sports and energy drinks. And it’s all true. So, drink less of them! Start reducing the number of sugary drinks you’re having each day. Eat the foods you love, but don’t go crazy with them. Everything in moderation, right? That seems to be the most successful way to lose weight, and to keep it off, too.
When it comes to being active – just move more. That sounds simple, and it is. If you like exercise classes and regimens, that’s great! If you don’t, then don’t force yourself into them. Do the easy things – go for walks, take the stairs, do crunches when you’re bored, park further away from your destination or get off your public transit stop earlier, or do squats while you brush your teeth. There are so many small ways to be more active than you already are, and that’s what you can aim to do.
Huge chunks of time can be sucked up by TV and phone screens. Cut down on your screen time this year, even if it just means cutting down an hour a day. You’ll feel so accomplished if you use that extra hour for something more productive, like cooking a homemade meal or getting a workout in.
Lastly, focus on happiness. Do things that make you feel good and happy – make more plans with friends, spend more time with family, and make time for crafts or hobbies that you love. Eat foods that make you feel good. I know there are some foods I LOVE, but after I eat them, love is the last thing I’m feeling for myself.
When you eat well, move around, and make smart choices, you tend to feel happier about yourself, your body and your life.
Here are a few comfort food recipes (lightened up a bit!):
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