Healthy resolutions is number one on the New Years wish list. Losing weight and working out more are the biggest wishes. However, by the second week, these healthy resolutions usually go by the wayside. The gym feels a bit more busy in the first week of the year. By week three it is back to usual. The same is with diets. Good eating the first week, then back to normal, bad eating. Let me give you four easy tips for eating better this year. Starting slow means a better chance of continuing. 1) REDUCE YOUR SUGAR INTAKE, SLOWLY. Sugar is the biggest culprit for weight gain. Cutting back on it should be gradual. But it isn’t hard. If you put two tea spoons in your coffee, next time put one. Try substitutes like Truvia Nectar. It is just as sweet but 50% less dense than table sugar. You’ll be surprised how easy this will be. 2) ADD VEGGIES TO YOUR BREAKFAST. I know it’s usual to have our vegetables at lunch and dinner, but add a few to breakfast. Acevedo, and tomatoes are easy to add to scrambled eggs. They’re good carbs that help you to feel fuller, thus less chance of snacking on bad carbs later. 3) CUT DOWN ON ALCOHOL INTAKE. Most people don’t realize that alcohol is mostly sugar. A few glasses can double your sugar intake for the day. This equates to more carbs that have to be stored in our fat and…..you know the rest. Not saying to stop drinking, but save it for the weekend. And try to change your intake with red wine. This will add valuable antioxidants for your body. 4) STOP FAST AND STRESSFUL EATING. In this day, we can’t find enough time to get things done. Everything is fast paced and we find ourselves grabbing “anything” to eat. Stop this and become more mindful of what you’re eating. If you tend to eat fast food because of your schedule, try making your lunch in the morning before work. It’s healthier and saves you the driving time the fast food place. These are just 4 simple steps to make your healthy resolution work. Next week i’ll talk about some simple steps to working out more efficiently.
By the way, Dr. Michael LaCap and myself don’t just preach healthy eating; We live it. We are both 55 and maintain a healthy lifestyle as you can see in this picture. If you ever want to talk to us about healthy eating, you just have to pick up the phone and call Breakthrough Wellness Center. If I can’t pick up, I will always return your call within 24 hours. Nothing pleases us more than helping those you ask.