With each New Year comes new resolutions and the number one most chosen resolution is to lose weight and/or get healthier. Every year millions of people make the decision to have the new year as a fresh start on health, but of all those people 90% of them fail and only 10% succeed to keep their resolution. In order to be healthier I’ve created a list of 15 ways to be healthy in 2015 that are simple changes to make, easy to follow, and result in changes that are easy to see after at least three weeks.
Did you know it takes 21 days to create a new habit? That’s why there are so many people who create the “21 day challenge” or even “28 day” challenges. So challenge yourself and see if you can create a new healthy lifestyle (or continue one) by remembering these simple steps…
15 Ways to be Healthy in 2015
1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
2. If you drink soda, switch from one a day to one per week or none at all. Drinking one soda daily can cause up to 10 pounds of weight gain in a year.
3. Cut back on alcohol. Alcohol produces more calories & is stored as fat in the body.
4. Switch from whole milk to 1% or nonfat (skim).
5. Eat the colors of the rainbow from your fruits and vegetables.
6. Try new things. Variety and moderation are keys to a healthy diet.
7. Go for whole grains. Cut out white breads and pastas.
8. Cook with vegetable or olive oil instead of butter. Butter is full of saturated (unhealthy fat) and liquid oils such as vegetable, canola, or olive are considered monosaturated (healthier) fats.
9. Cut back on salt. Cook with onions, garlic or herbs. Season with a pinch if necessary after you are done cooking. Cutting back on sodium can reduce risk of high blood pressure which can lead to heart diseases. Heart disease is the number one killer of all Americans (See stats on CDC.org).
10. Eat lean meats. Try eating red meat once per week and having white meat and fish on all the other days (unless you’re a vegetarian).
11. Have at least 2 cups of fruits and vegetables daily.
12. Work out at least three times per week. Switch between cardio, strength training, and flexibility. (Jogging or biking, weight training, then yoga or pilates).
13. Cut back on sugar and sweets. Eat healthy alternatives and drink smoothies to replace sweet cravings.
14. Stay away from artificial flavors and dyes.
15. Be positive. Be nice to otheres and try to not complain and see how much it improves your outlook on life.