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Health Starts Here in the New Year!

Happy New Years! I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2012, and hope that many good things happen this year! Everybody wants to start off the new year on the right foot, and new years resolutions are a very common way to make a commitment to yourself. However, many choose to make extravagant resolutions, such as losing 50 pounds, going completely vegan, or exercising 6 days a week. Although these are wonderful ideas, they can soon become overwhelming and the goal is never achieved. The best way to accomplish a new lifestyle change is to conquer several smaller goals along the way. For instance, instead of immediately exercising 6 days per week, try going for a jog after work 2 days a week. Once you have accomplished that goal and feel comfortable keeping that in your schedule, you can add onto your workout regimen.

Are you ready to make a few simple dietary changes for lifelong health? Whether you’re just getting started on a healthy eating journey or have been on this path for several years, there are a few basic principles or goals to accomplish along the way. Whole Foods actually has a great list of healthy eating pillars that can help guide your journey, so be sure to check out their page called “Health Starts Here.”

1. Eat whole, unprocessed foods- food in its purest state is the best tasting and most nutritious food available

2. Be “plant strong”- eat a colorful variety of plants, and have the majority of each meal come from veggies, fruits, legumes, beans, and whole grains.

3. Eat healthy fats- get your fat from whole plant sources, such as nuts, seeds, and avocados. Limit your amount consumed from extracted oils and processed foods.

4. Eat nutrient-dense foods- these are foods that are the richest in vitamins and minerals when compared to their calorie content. To locate the nutrient density scores of your favorite foods, check out Whole Food’s ANDI Scoring System. 

5. Eat local foods- support your local farmers by buying and consuming fresh, local produce. Produce that is grown in season is fresher and filled with more nutrients that your body needs. Eating local foods helps to benefit your body as well as your environment! For more information on local foods, please visit www.localharvest.org

What are your new years resolutions? Share them here!

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