Healthy habits for the New Year
by Shelley Langenhorst
New Years is next week and that means it’s time to write out some resolutions for 2013. Though most people tend to set bigger, more encompassing goals, consider adding a few smaller goals to your list that you can work on daily.
It may take months to lose that weight but you can start to incorporate these new healthy habits immediately and you will be seeing the benefits before you know it.
If the thought of a green drink has you running for cover fear not – these nutritional powerhouses can be a delicious and exciting addition to your day. In its most basic form, a green smoothie is simply a favorite fruit smoothie with spinach, kale or other dark leafy greens added in. Think strawberry-banana-spinach or mango-pineapple-kale.
If you want to step it up a notch, limit your fruit to low-glycemic choices and drink one a morning for such benefits as better digestion, weight-loss and clear skin. Green smoothies are an easy way to make sure you get your daily recommended amount of fresh vegetables and fruits.
A great start recipe includes blending the following:
- 3 romaine leaves
- Handful of spinach leave
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/3 peeled cucumber
- ½ green apple
- Juice of 1 lemon
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With the typical workday being a 9-5 office job, Americans spend a majority of their day sitting. Add in the commute, meals and television and it would be easy to sit the day away! This year, make it a resolution to sit less and move more.
Take walking breaks at work, consider commuting by bicycle or limit the amount of time spent in front of the television each night. Any additional movement in your day will have a great impact on your health.
Cut or limit sugar
This will undoubtedly be the hardest resolution to keep for many of us. Sugar is in almost every processed food and even in surprising foods like bread or crackers. Cutting out processed and refined sugars is one of the best things we can do for our health.
Not only does sugar fill us with empty calories but it can cause inflammation, lowered immunity and an increased risk of diabetes. Do yourself a favor and opt for fresh fruit instead of cookies. It may take time to curb the sweet tooth but with time and patience you can do it.
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