The holiday season is wrapping up, and with that, the time of year when many of us decide to make New Year’s resolutions that we hope will help improve our lives in one way or another. And for many people, resolutions focus on improved health and fitness.
According to a recent MSN and Impulse survey, nearly 30 percent of people said they want to eat healthier in the New Year, either by eliminating junk food or starting a new diet. In that same study, however, 39 percent also cited ‘lack of time’ as the reason they’re not typically successful in sticking to resolutions.
So if you want to be healthy and fit in the new year, but don’t have lots of spare time, how can you do it? Although taking the first step is usually the hardest part in any journey, here are a few of my favorite tips to help you get started.
Follow These Tips to Be Healthy in 2013
1. Think of every meal as a “Monday morning”
People too frequently throw in the towel after making one “bad” diet decision. Instead, think of every meal like a “Monday morning”. Don’t we all start the week on a healthy note? If you compartmentalize each meal you will be much less likely to let one little slip throw you completely off track.
2. New Year, New You…Clean Slate, Clean Pantry
Clean out your pantry: Spend five minutes pulling out items that are either OLD, unhealthy, or you simply over-consume. Ditch ‘em or donate to a local food pantry and make room for NEW healthier foods. This also helps you get organized for meal planning.
3. Plan Ahead when Eating Out
Going out to eat? Have your strategy ready, whether it’s ordering a child’s portion, splitting an entrée, asking for sauce or dressing on the side, or having fruit for dessert. Just going into a meal prepared can help you make smarter, healthier choices.
4. Commit to Eating More Fruits and Veggies
Write down a list of produce you want to eat this week. People who commit to a concrete plan to eat more fruits and vegetables are twice as likely to stick with that plan. Adding veggies to your meal can automatically help you reduce