At the start of every New Year thousands of us promise this is the start of a new us, one which becomes healthier. It sounds great, and it’s a resolution many of us keep to for the first couple of weeks.
To help you keep your “New Year, New You” resolution we’ve got a few tips to help you become healthier.
Drink Your Way to a Healthier Diet:
- Replace a few pints / glasses of wine with a healthy smoothie. Whilst we cannot deny small amounts of alcohol can have some health benefits, it’s likely many of us will have overindulged over Christmas.Cut back on the amount of alcohol you drink over the year by swapping your pint / wine for one of these fantastic smoothies, which can be made easily and cheaply at home using a blender.
- Drink up to 4 cups of coffee a day. It’s been suggested the antioxidants in coffee offer some protection against diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, whilst it can also help improve your cognitive functions. [source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2890503/25-easy-resolutions-transform-health.html]
- Drink plenty of water during the day, as this will help to flush your system of any toxins. Drinking more water will also help prevent dehydration which can be linked to tiredness, low energy and headaches – and we would always recommend opting for filtered waterConsider drinking unflavoured and unsweetened coconut water too as this is rich in electrolytes which are great for the heart.
- We all know milk is a great source of calcium, as well as other proteins, vitamins and minerals but to make it a healthier option. You should opt for semi-skimmed, 1% fat or skimmed milk.
Healthier Eating Brings Bags of Benefits:
- Eat seaweed. No longer should seaweed be confined just to sushi, instead you should add it to more meals as it packs many health benefits as a result of brimming with minerals, vitamins, iron, amino acids, anti-oxidants and protein. [source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/healthy-eating/new-year-new-you-30-ways-to-eat-healthier-in-2016/]
- Add goat to your diet. It’s one of the most widely consumed meats in the world and offers many benefits due to having less fat than lean pork and more protein than chicken.
- Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 14% and enhance your healthy diet by eating one serving a day of leafy veg, such as broccoli, kale or spinach. Such veg is a rich source of magnesium which is reported to help regulate blood sugar levels.It’s also suggested eating a 125g pot of low-fat probiotic yoghurt five days a week can help reduce the risk of diabetes by 28% – whilst remaining a healthier snack compared to chocolate or sweets.
- Get your 5-a-day. Eating your recommended 5-a-day 80g of fruit and vegetables doesn’t need to be hard. Add sliced banana to your cereal or toast in the morning, have an apple as a mid-morning snack, a smoothie or fruit juice whilst working and vegetables with your tea and you’ve hit your quota for the day.
- Eat more foods which are high in zinc and vitamin D as this will help to keep your immune systems healthy. Foods which are high in zinc include shellfish, milk and dairy products, whilst for vitamin D rich foods we recommend egg and oily fish. [source: http://www.actimel.co.uk/health-resolutions/five-easy-to-stick-to-new-years-health-resolutions/]
It’s Not All About Food & Drink:
- Sleep more. The first Monday after the New Year will have been a struggle for many of us the alarm sounds for work. But those bleary eyes should be made a thing of the past during 2016.Get more sleep and not only benefit in your appearance and mood, but also improve your health. It has previously been suggested a lack of sleep is linked to a great risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. [source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20452233_10,00.html]
- Try yoga, it’s something many professional sports people use and for good reason. Even a small selection of poses which stretch your body can leave you feeling relaxed and stress free – and it’s suitable for young and old alike. Why not give it a go this year?
- Prepare more meals at home and ditch the ready-meals. By preparing your meals yourself, not only can you keep an eye on what it going into your dishes – such as the amount of salt and fats, but you can also make sure you’re getting the freshest ingredients.
- We’ve all heard about eating healthy, but did you know the time of your meals can have an impact on your health and wellbeing too? You should have a healthy breakfast to jumpstart your metabolism each day, whilst you should also avoid eating at night.
- Exercise more each week. We’re not talking about signing up to the gym or going for long runs. Instead, a few simple changes to your everyday life can be a great source of exercise. For example walk up the stairs at work rather than using the lift, ditch the car for those mile journeys and walk instead, get off the bus a stop or two earlier.
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