The New Year is almost here, and with it comes a fresh start. The holidays can be stressful, and with the added pressure of life, it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes that are happening. If you’re struggling with eating healthy, look no further than the people around you. Superusers, people who eat more than is recommended, know that the key to staying healthy is surrounding yourself with people who have similar eating habits to yours.
Our families, friends, and neighbors are our subconscious barometer, and by having people around us who have similar eating habits, we can subconsciously change our own habits. If we eat better and make it a priority, we will see the results in our own lives.
We all know what makes us unhealthy, but it’s not always easy to change. The key to staying healthy in 2018 is to look at your habits and make small changes. These small changes can add up to a healthier you, and that starts with small changes from the people around you. Read on for my top healthy eating hacks to help you stay healthy in 2018.
Make breakfast a priority
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not to mention the easiest. Make it a priority to have breakfast every time you wake up in the morning. If you’re struggling with waking up and eating in time, try setting an alarm on your phone or watch. Whatever it takes to get you out of bed, do it.
Breakfast is a great way to start off your day because it gives your body energy and nutrients that will keep you going all day. This can help with feelings of fatigue as well. To make sure you’re getting enough nutrients from breakfast, add some healthy protein like eggs or Greek yogurt. These proteins are high in B vitamins, which are critical for energy production and metabolism (which helps us lose weight).
Limit alcohol consumption
A few weeks ago, I bought a 12-pack of beer. This isn’t an unusual purchase for me, but this time my intention was different. On the drive home, I started thinking about how many calories are in beer and all the other alcoholic drinks that I drink regularly.
The next week, I began to limit my alcohol intake. My goal isn’t to give up drinking forever – though that would be a good resolution – it is to limit my alcohol intake so that I can keep a healthier weight and improve my overall health.
Pack your own snacks
Many people are guilty of relying on convenience foods when they don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal. It’s easy to find yourself eating the same old, boring food day after day, and even worse, it can lead to you getting sick more often because you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs.
One way to stay healthy in 2018 is always having snacks on hand–that way you won’t get too hungry between meals. Keep them in small containers so you can grab and go if needed. This will also ensure that you always have a healthy snack available for when that hunger pangs strike.
Limit processed foods
Processed foods are the leading cause of nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, and obesity. They have a high amount of sodium, sugar and fat. Processed foods also contain artificial colors and flavors that can be harmful for our health. Processed foods are often high in calories because they are artificially loaded with more ingredients than necessary and this is why they’re so addictive. Studies show that processed foods may also alter brain chemistry in ways that make people crave more food later on.
If you want to eat healthy in 2018, limit the amount of processed foods you eat. Processed foods should make up less than 10 percent of your diet. If your goal is to eat healthy for your health all year long, you should start by limiting processed food intake to less than 1/3rd of your diet.
Eat breakfast every day
Not getting enough of the right nutrients can make you tired, moody, and hungry all the time. If you are struggling with eating healthy, start by adding breakfast to your daily routine. Breakfast is a great way to jumpstart your metabolism and fuel up for the day. It also has lots of nutritional benefits including fiber and protein.
The best part? You can eat breakfast at any time! Whether it’s in the morning or at night, there are tons of easy ways to incorporate it into your life.
One idea is to make pancakes for breakfast. Have these pancakes with a side of fruit and oatmeal or yogurt with granola on top. If you want something savory, try sprinkling some cheese or bacon on top before cooking them in the pan and adding an egg on top of it all!
Another idea is making scrambled eggs in advance for breakfast throughout the week. Scrambling eggs can be done in bulk ahead of time so that you have no excuse not to eat them for breakfast!
The best part about both ideas? They’re easy prep work that doesn’t take much time out of your day!
Exercise is key
Exercise is key to staying healthy. Exercise can be done in different ways, but it’s important that you do it often. If you don’t have time for a 30-minute jog outside every day, try getting on a treadmill during your lunch break. You should also make sure that you are exercising muscles in your body that aren’t typically used when you perform daily tasks.
If you want to get started with exercise, start small and give yourself time to ease into it. You don’t have to go from couch potato to marathon runner overnight; take things gradually over time and don’t beat yourself up if you miss a few days here and there. Also, make sure that your workouts are enjoyable so that they become something you look forward to doing instead of dreading.
Join a health challenge
When you commit to a health challenge, you have someone else to hold you accountable. Whether it’s your family or friends, joining a program like The Biggest Loser will show results. When we are committed to a healthy lifestyle, we find that the changes become easier over time.
Another way to stay healthy in 2018 is through accountability. It’s easy to say we will start eating better tomorrow, but if you need someone else to hold you accountable, ask your friends and family members to join you on your journey.
Join a health challenge today!
2017 was the most obese year on record, a sad state of affairs for a nation that has really no excuse for not being in better shape. We’re all supposed to watch our weight and exercise more, but sometimes it can be hard. Don’t worry, though. With these healthy eating hacks, you’ll never have to worry about your weight again.
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