Now that the holiday season has wrapped up you may be reconsidering those shortbread cookies, the extra helping of stuffing or the time you spent lazing around inside. You can’t take it back, so you might as well reflect on the time you enjoyed over the holidays and look forward to a year focussed on being healthy and happy. After all, it’s not what you do between Christmas and New Year’s that counts; it's what you do between New Year’s and Christmas.
What are some ways that you can ensure you stay healthy and start off 2015 on the right foot? It sounds simple enough to eat healthy and stay organized, but putting your plan into motion may prove to be more difficult with busy schedules, work and family to think about as well. Use these tips to simplify your plan to kick off your new year eating and feeling healthy:
1. Stay hydrated! Many people choose high calorie beverages over the holidays and have snack on foods that are higher in sodium. Increase your fluid intake this year by carrying a water bottle with you and making a conscious effort to have a glass of water with your meals and snacks, or flavouring it with some citrus if you don’t like yours plain.
2. Stock the fridge! The easiest way to eat healthy is by making sure that you have healthy foods available. Plan out what you are going to need for your snacks and meals for the week and ensure you are never left wondering what to eat.
3. Don’t skip breakfast! How long have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Feed your body and your brain by having breakfast every morning. It can help deter you from reaching for unhealthy snacks throughout your day and also helps to speed up your metabolism.
4. Bring snacks with you wherever you! Keep healthy snacks with you at work, in the car and in your purse. Having these snacks available will help to decrease the likelihood of you reaching for an unhealthy snack or skipping your snack all together.
5. Set goals! Instead of focusing on a large goal, set smaller milestones along the way that are achievable within weeks or months. It can be motivating to reach your smaller goals and make you want to continue with your positive changes. Keep in mind that these do not have to be weight loss goals; they can be goals such as increasing water consumption or activity. Think about your action plan and how you can achieve these goals.
Use these tips to ensure you are going to be healthy in 2015!
Written by Brianne Littlewood
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