It’s New Year soon. Your resolution this year may be to lose weight. WRONG! Your resolution should be to get healthy.
Many people view a healthy lifestyle as something difficult to attain and something that’s not much fun. Traditional diets have taught us that to lose weight, we must count calories, keep track of everything we eat, and deprive ourselves by limiting the amount of foods we eat. Dieting can help us lose weight (fat, muscle, and water) in the short term but is so unnatural and so unrealistic that it can never become a lifestyle that we can live with, let alone enjoy!
Many diets encourage health-threatening restrictions. Even more important, diets don’t teach us the safest, most effective ways to exercise; they don’t teach us how to deal with our cravings and our desires, or how to attend to our feelings of hunger and fullness. You’ve heard the rules about a healthy lifestyle before; here they are again for you to use as a checklist. Make this New Year the reason for the New you!
Eat a variety of foods to get the energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fibre you need for good health.
Balance the food you eat with physical activity – maintain or improve your weight to reduce your chances of having high blood pressure, heart disease, a stroke, certain cancers, and the most common kind of diabetes.
Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits that provide needed vitamins, minerals, fibre, and complex carbohydrates, and can help you lower your intake of fat.
Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol to reduce your risk of heart attack and certain types of cancer and to help you maintain a healthy weight. Choose a diet moderate in sugars. A diet with lots of sugars has too many calories and too few nutrients for most people and can contribute to tooth decay.
Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium to help reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
If you really stick to these rules (without lying to yourself!) you WILL see an improvement in everything that is you… Happy New Year.