New Year’s food resolutions are quite common, most people want to make a change in their diet. Unfortunately not many people succeed in keeping their food related resolutions.
In order to be able to make some real changes this year, here’s a list that will help you make the necessary steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
Remember the veggies
Vegetables are rich in fiber and essential nutrients. Roasting vegetables leads to caramelizing the sugars present in them, and this enhances their taste, making them extremely healthy, and very tasty. So, remember to add fresh or roasted veggies to all of your meals and really enjoy their flavor and amazing benefits.
Lower your sugar intake
If you feel like you really need to satisfy your sweet tooth, make sure you choose sweets that have a lot less sugar than your usual treats. Or pick sweet treats that have no added sugar, like fruits or dried fruits and seeds. Dates, figs, almonds, cashews or dried bananas make wonderful treats. The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. That amounts to 355 calories, which is quite higher than the permitted level. So, cutting down your sugar intake is a great start to a healthier body and life.
Increase your fiber intake
Nowadays there are many natural foods available that are rich in fiber - an essential nutrient. In fact, it minimizes the risk of a great number of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes. Adding fiber to your diet can also help in subtracting a few inches off your waist. The recommended daily intake of fiber is about 21 to 38 grams. Consider including foods that are rich in fiber to your everyday diet. You’ll find that you feel much better.
Eat less meat
We know that this is may be the hardest resolution, however keep in mind that eating less meat will do a lot of good to your heart. Fish and tofu is a wonderful, healthy replacement for red meat. Once you get used to not eating all that read meat, your body will not even need it anymore and you’ll feel ‘lighter’ and less intoxicated. At the beginning simply reduce the red meat intake to once a week, than once every two weeks, until you’ll get to once a month.
Consume more Omega-3s
The most natural way to get the necessary omega-3 fatty acid intake is seafood. Try to get two servings of fish a week, especially fatty fish like salmon, sardines and some types of tuna that are rich in omega-3s. These fatty acids help to reduce your blood pressure. Actually, according to studies people who consume omega-3s on regular basis are at a lower risk of hypertension.
Try out new healthy foods from different cuisines
There are lots of great cuisines you can opt for out there, so maybe you can make it a New Year’s resolution to try out other cuisines, too. Japanese cuisine is a wonderful cuisine and has lots of healthy food options. You’ll find plenty of seafood options that you’ll surely enjoy; not to mention the delicious and healthy sushi you can find in high standard sushi restaurants.
Remember, healthy eating has a lot to do with healthy living, so make sure to make smart food choices if you want real changes this year.