Most of us make resolutions for the New Year but if you ask how many actually managed to stick to their healthy eating resolutions and only a handful will say that they were able to go through with their eating goals throughout the year. Many of us want to turn over a new leaf, so to speak, when it comes to our diet but our lack of commitment, not to mention peer pressure, can prevent us from sticking to our healthy eating goals.
This New Year, if you really want to start eating right, make healthy eating resolutions that you can actually follow. So if you are thinking on how to go on about this, here are a few suggestions that might help.
Eat more omega-3s
Most of lack essential fatty acids in our system which is why you need to up your intake of omega-3s next year. The good news is that there are plenty of sources for this essential fatty acid and one of these is seafood. Tuna, oysters, sardines, and even mackerels are packed with omega-3s making them a good addition to your weekly menu. Eating seafood two to three times a week will ensure that you have enough omega-3s to protect your heart and your overall health.
Our digestive system relies on a well-balanced gut flora in order to process the food that we eat in order to get the nutrients that they contain. A healthy gut-flora improves your body’s ability to absorb essential vitamins and minerals so that your immune system will function properly to protect you against various diseases not to mention increase your metabolism. Kimchi, kefir, and sauerkraut are just a few examples of fermented foods to add to your diet which should be eaten at least once a day every day.
Add more veggies to your plate
Let’s face it. How many of us actually eat three servings of vegetables in a day? Most of us assume that eating vegetables won’t taste good to our palate which is why we don’t add much to our plates. Unfortunately, this makes us miss out on all the essential nutrients that they contain which is we are prone to suffering from various illnesses. By increasing your vegetable intake, you will be able to get important nutrients into your system which will help you stay healthy.
Learn more about ancient grains
Another healthy eating resolution that you should take note of for 2017 is to have more grains on your plate. Since these grains are minimally processed, you are guaranteed more protein, fiber, and nutrients that are perfect for weight loss. Another plus is that ancient grains contain fewer pesticides which mean that they are more flavorful than refined grains. Examples of ancient grains include quinoa, buckwheat, sorghum, and millet just to name a few.
Don’t forget to add more fiber to your diet as well once the new year rolls in because fiber is perfect for your digestion and your weight loss goals. If you have plenty of fiber in your system, it can protect you against cardiovascular problems as well as reduce your risk of suffering from Type 2 diabetes. There are different types of fiber such as the soluble and insoluble fiber both of which play a role in your overall health.
As you can see, sticking to your New Year’s healthy eating resolution is possible by sticking with the basics. Tweaking your current diet to add more vegetables, fiber, and other healthy options, you will be able to improve your overall health in no time.