So, you survived all that the holidays had to bring up to the end of the calendar with your relatives. With a new year comes a fresh start, and that's why we say…
Don't overcomplicate your New Year's resolutions. There are simple things you can do that won't change your daily routine but will keep you ﬁt, healthy, and full of nutrients!
Step 1: Fred Flintstone says, “Take your vitamins!”
If you aren't already taking a daily vitamin, get on it! Pick one that you know will be easy to take and that will support your body's ability to do something it struggles with. For example, my autoimmune disease makes my immune system sub-par to those without an autoimmune disease. Therefore, I picked a daily vitamin that supports immunity. I also hate taking pills, so I chose the gummy vitamins. Since I'm a woman, I ended up with Women's Daily Vitamin for Immune Support – Gummy Vitamins. Pick one that works for you!
Step 2: Water, Water, Everywhere, and PLENTY to Drink!
Get two birds with one stone – replace some of your daily sugary drinks with a big glass of thirst-quenching water instead. This will cut down on the number of sugars and caﬀeine you take in every day and increase how much water you're drinking. Brilliant, right? You can even add some fruit or Vitamin C powder to your water for an extra boost in nutrients (and a little extra ﬂavor)!
Step 3: The Whole of Whole Grains
This one is easy – next time you go to the grocery store to get bread, get whole grain bread instead of white bread. Next time you get a sandwich from Subway, opt for the whole-grain option. Got a hankering for some pasta? Try the whole wheat pasta – you'll barely notice the diﬀerence and you'll be eating healthier with just a tweak to your meals.
Step 4: No, I DO NOT want to super-size it.
Fast food on occasion is not terrible, but if you're 'on occasion' includes a gallon of soda, a burger the size of your head, and 5 potatoes worth of french fries covered in salt then you're just asking for a heart attack. Next time you go through the drive-thru, get a small meal, not a meal that's big enough for an entire family (unless you intend to share it with your entire family… yeah, I didn't think so).
Step 5: Avoid the Whatchamacallit Stuﬀed with Breaded Wabbadabbas Covered in a Creamy Sauce
What do the words 'creamy,' ' stuﬀed,' ' sauced,' and ' breaded' all have in common? Generally, dishes with those descriptions are loaded with fats. Pass on the Margaritas and Pina Coladas as well because most mixed drinks are loaded with sugar. When eating out it's best to stick with steamed or grilled ﬁsh, a side of veggies, and a glass of wine or a simple cocktail instead. Or, go the extra mile and get… *gasp* water!
Step 6: Keep Allergies, Colds, and Other Nasty's at Bay
These things might seem obvious, but it may surprise you to learn that these simple habits can keep you healthy:
Wash your hands frequently.
Carry hand sanitizer (and use it!)
Eat plenty of ﬁber – this will keep your digestive tract clean and illness-free!
Get a good night's rest!
Step 7: Get Moving!
It doesn't really matter what you do to be active as long as you're active. When you go shopping, park in the back of the parking lot and take the stairs instead of the escalator. Use household chores as a way to get exercise by doing lunges while you vacuum or squats while you wash the car. When you're at work, walk to lunch instead of driving or walk a lap around your building after you eat. Take your dog for a longer walk. Play kickball with your kids. The possibilities are endless – get creative and get moving!
Step 8: Make Time For Yourself
In a society that is constantly on the go with more work than time, it is important to get out of work mode and just RELAX. Find a hobby that is relaxing for you or take an afternoon to just sit and do nothing, maybe even start practicing meditation. Whatever it is, make sure you make plenty of time for yourself and don't let anyone try to make you feel guilty for doing so. You deserve some YOU time!