4 Tips on Healthy Eating in the New Year
With Christmas behind us and the New Year upon us, many have turned to resolutions such as “healthy eating” to start their year moving in the right direction. After a holiday that is heavily focused on excessive eating and drinking a popular resolution choice, is to eat better.
Healthy eating is all about balance. Eliminating everything you enjoy is never going to lead to a successful and sustainable lifestyle. Having a treat from time to time is fully acceptable, whether this is a slice of cake or a bag of crisps. However, we do need to be realistic about when enough is enough. It’s important that we prioritize a healthy and balanced diet. In doing this, it won’t be long until you start to crave the feeling that healthy food gives you over your sweet treats. So here’s what we propose.
1. Don’t miss breakfast
Being the first meal of the day, breakfast is the meal that provides you with that first burst of energy you need to start your morning. You will find that you are more focused with your brainpower running high. A healthy breakfast choice will be filled with key nutrients, boosting your total daily intake. This will make it easier for you to meet your recommended daily vitamins and minerals.
If you’re lacking ideas, a simple Google search can provide a wealth of inspiration. We came across an article that offers 100 breakfast ideas along with recipes, which we found both easy to cook and delicious to start your morning with.
2. Healthy eating requires a balanced diet
It’s important to make sure that you eat a variety of different foods from different food groups and in the right proportions in order to keep your body healthy.
For those of you who love food, doesn’t healthy eating sound amazing! A dinner plate filled with bright and vibrant colors. Changing them up every day. The idea is that different color fruits and veg hold different beneficial properties for our bodies.
Breaking it down, try to:
- Eat 5 portions of Fruit and Veg a day
- Make sure you get your higher fiber starchy foods like potatoes and rice
- Include some dairy or dairy alternatives into your diet
- Protein is important and comes in all different shapes and sizes, for example, beans, fish, eggs and meat
- When buying oils and spreads make sure they are unsaturated
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3. Stay hydrated
Considering your body is made up of 60% water, staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to keep your body healthy.
According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158:
- The brain and heart are composed of 73% water
- The lungs are about 83% water
- The skin contains 64% water
- Your muscles and kidneys are 79%
- Even the bones are a watery 31%.
So you can see how it might have a detrimental effect if you don’t drink enough. But what is enough? That differs slightly from person to person. However, on average you should consume about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men. And roughly 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
Water reminder apps, such as popular options available for Android and iOS devices, can help you track and manage your water intake. These apps provide timely reminders and customizable features to ensure you meet your hydration goals.
4. Cook from scratch
Cooking from scratch gives your full control of what is in your food. There are no nasty additives unless you put them there. This not only puts you in control of what you eat but also gives you a different appreciation for the food itself. Cooking can have a calming effect on some, a moment of time for yourself. Which in turn impacts your health positively.
We personally enjoy cooking with energetic Pro Home Cooks, ASMR Essen Recipes, cozy Erstaunliche Rezepte and famous Gordon Ramsay. If you prefer to cook in silence, you can find inspiration on allrecipes.com or bbcgoodfood.com.
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2023
Keeping your body healthy doesn’t need to become a chore. By making these four simple lifestyle changes you can improve your health and feel at your very best to take on the new year.
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Last updated: July 6, 2023 by The Backify Team
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