It’s that time of the year again! New Year’s resolutions are on everyone’s mind.
This is when people promise to be healthier versions of themselves by doing things like joining a gym or going on a diet. Sometimes people get carried away with their goals, making it hard to keep them as the weeks go on. Here are 6 simple goals to make for the new year to help you reach your healthiest self!
Making sure you have a water bottle with you throughout the day is a great way to stay hydrated. You’re more likely to drink water if you have constant, easy access to it. Drinking water is important because it helps carry nutrients through your body and keeps your body temperature normal . Even being slightly dehydrated can make you feel tired . It’s especially important to stay hydrated during the warmer months here in Georgia.
The says that women should be consuming about 11.5 cups of fluids, or 2.7 liters, a day. This includes fluid from water, other beverages, and water found foods like in fruits and vegetables . Men should be consuming 15.5 cups of fluids, or 3.7 liters, a day.
Reading the nutrition facts label on the back of packages can help you choose healthier items. Above is the old nutrition facts label on the left and the new nutrition facts label on the right. The new nutrition label has to be on packages between 2020-2021 but some food companies have already started using it. Therefore, both old and new labels are included. Be sure to check out at least three important sections on the labels:
Choosing to walk up the stairs instead of riding the elevator is a simple way to increase your physical activity. Check out these benefits of climbing the stairs from Duke University. Some of the benefits include increasing your “good cholesterol” and strengthening your bones!
… Or for 20… Or for 30! Making sure you fit in time to walk during the day will help you stay active. You can spend this time taking the stairs, as we mentioned above, or by doing things like parking further away in the parking lot, taking a neighborhood walk with your family, or walking on your lunch break. Your body will thank you for the extra dose of activity and sunshine!
Whole grains are good sources of nutrients like fiber, B vitamins, and protein . The fiber and protein in whole grains can keep you full for longer. Staying full can help you avoid snacking in between meals and possibly save you some food dollars.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating 3-5 servings of whole grains a day . A serving looks like:
Make sure you look for the word “whole” in the description of packaged items like bread, like “whole grain” or “whole wheat .” If the word “whole” isn’t included it means the bread might not be made from the entire kernel.
See examples of whole grains here.
This is a smart mindset to have when you’re trying to avoid overeating. Some say it can take up to 20 minutes for your body to realize it is full . Taking a break from eating when you feel 80% full can allow your stomach to catch up and realize you’ve had enough food. By the time it catches up, you will probably feel 100% full. Being aware of how full you feel when you’re eating can help you prevent eating more than your body needs.
Written by Taylor Newman, PhD/DI student | Edited by Laurel Sanville, MS, RDN, LD
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