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Making Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

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on Tuesday, 26 December 2017 in School Nutrition Blog

NewYear2017The holiday season serves as a reminder to all of us to look back and reflect on what we have accomplished throughout the year and what we would like to accomplish in the next. Creating New Year’s Resolutions is a great way to identify your goals and to remind yourself of what you want to achieve, however, don’t forget to focus on your health!


Although more than half of all resolutions fail, this New Year you can help to make sure you won’t be a part of the failing half. Choosing realistic goals is a start and a better way to begin on the path towards a healthier you.  Here are a few examples of “healthy” New Year’s resolutions that can work for you. 


Eat healthier foods. With all the sugary snacks and convenient junk food around, eating healthy can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. Start by cutting back on foods high in fat, salt and sugar, and adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and other proteins into your diet. Moderation is always key so you can enjoy the foods you like, just don’t overdo it.


Exercise more. Get moving! The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes, or three 10-minute periods of physical activity each day. Why? Regular exercise builds strong muscles and bones, reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and improves overall health and well-being. A few ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine are by walking for a few minutes during your lunch break, parking your car further away or taking the steps instead of the elevator. Any way to keep yourself moving is a benefit to your overall health!


Sleep longer. Let's face it — we could all benefit from some more shut-eye! According to the National Sleep Foundation, roughly two-thirds of Americans say their sleep needs are not being met throughout the week, with most reporting less than 7 hours of sleep each night. Although eating healthy and exercising more are proven ways for maintaining optimal health, they both rely on one thing: sleep. A well-rested body will be more focused, less stressed and less susceptible to health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and depression.    


Stress less. We’ve all heard the phrase — “Keep calm and carry on” — and while it may seem overused, these five words hold a great deal of truth. Too much stress on our bodies is detrimental to our health, not to mention, our sanity! Research consistently shows that a stressed body reduces the length and quality of life, and contributes to a number of health concerns.  So instead of stressing out try to find a way to relax. Go for a massage, go for a walk, or meditate. Do something that you enjoy where you can take your mind off things for a while.


Begin the year with a healthy mindset and a positive Fooditude!


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