Eat Right and Feel Great this New Year
January 25, 2012
Every January, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and many of these resolutions revolve around choosing healthier foods, losing weight and getting in shape. Here are some tips to make it easier to stick to these resolutions throughout the year.
Healthy Eating Tips
- We all know fruits and vegetables are an important diet staple, but don’t forget frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are a great alternative when the fresh versions are not so readily available during the winter months.
- Cook with healthy oils like olive oil, walnut oil, grape seed oil or rice bran oil.
- Eat whole grain breads and pasta.
- Snack on nuts, legumes and soybeans.
- Eat lean protein options, such as seafood. Chicken of the Sea tuna and salmon are two great options for lunch or dinner.
- Use low-fat dairy products instead of regular dairy products.
- Stay within the USDA’s recommend amount of sodium with 2,300 milligrams or less (or 1,500 milligrams for those 51 and older) per day.
- Look for recipes that are less than 400 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat per serving. See below for some great, healthy recipe suggestions.
Tips to Stay in Shape and Keep Your Motivation
- Set achievable, short-term workout goals, such as walking after dinner twice a week. After accomplishing this goal for a few weeks, set a new workout goal.
- Do things to stay active that you love, such as dancing, running or roller-skating.
- Vary your workouts to keep yourself from getting bored. Try at-home fitness videos, take a spinning class or lift weights.