Weight loss and exercise are the 2 most common New Year resolutions. They are also the 2 most common failed resolutions. In 2014 consider your approach to weight loss, and focus on healthy eating. Not only will the weight come off without dieting, but you will also create a healthy habit to help you "Feel Better and Live Longer!".
Start by including more fruits and vegetables. High in vitamins, nutrients and fiber, a variety of fruits and vegetables can be your prescription for preventing cancer and boosting immunity.
Improve your diet by switching from butter to olive oil when cooking. Cutting back on saturated fats is the key to lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease.
Healthy eating also includes monitoring your portion sizes. Try eating off of a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. Arrange half of your plate with greens and vegetables, a quarter of it with lean protein like chicken or fish, then the other quarter with a whole grain like wild rice. Reducing portion sizes will reduce your overall calorie intake, therefore reducing your weight.
Healthy eating is a great resolution and over time will lead to great results. More energy, more confidence and less illness are three motivating reasons to make healthy eating a priority in 2014.
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC