In the time of New Year’s resolutions, this is the perfect time to start thinking about being a healthier person. There are many things that you can do in order to be healthier. Changing the way you eat, getting up and moving more, and simply caring more for your body (and your mind) are great places to start.
Instead of making a resolution, which most people fail at within the first month of the new year, try making some permanent life changes. Make it about your health and wellness, not just about the changing of the year. Here are some tips for living healthier in 2017, and beyond.
Cut Back On Alcohol
New Year’s Eve, and even Christmas (depending on how much stress your family causes you), is a huge time for drinking and drinking can cause all kinds of damage to your body. It aids in weight gain, it damages your liver, and drinking too much in too little time can also cause blackouts that might lead to brain damage. You don’t have to get drunk to have fun, and you don’t have to avoid the places with alcohol to avoid alcohol.
Stop Eating Fast Food
This is a good time to make a pact with yourself to eat smarter, which means skipping fast food. Think of how those fast food meals make you feel after you’ve eaten then, bloated and gassy. Not only that, but it also helps you pack on the pounds and cellulite. Eat healthier, make your own meals, and if you need to eat out pick a decent sit-down place to dine.
Get More Fruits And Vegetables
Start snacking smarter. Instead of eating empty calories on a daily basis in candy and chips, switch them up with fruits and vegetables. Fruit can give you the cure to your sweet tooth, and crunchy vegetables can take care of your need for chips (and bypassing the salt is always a good thing).
Drop the soda, cut back on the coffee, and nix the alcohol. Instead, drink more water. It does a ton of good things for you, the least of which being that it keeps you hydrated. It’s also good for keeping your skin healthy in the dry winter air.
Pick Better Friends
Get rid of your toxic friends (and maybe even family members) in the new year. Surround yourself with people that build you up instead of letting in those that tear you down. You will feel soo much better about yourself when you have positive people surrounding you.
You can have a happier new year, and a healthier one, if you just take a few steps to make the changes that are needed in order to take better care of yourself.
Originally posted on January 2, 2017 @ 3:16 pm