Don't Let Your New Year's Resolutions Fall Short
Every year, we overindulge in the holidays. Sweets, special holiday meals, and traditional desserts are plentiful. As the New Year dawns, we typically make resolutions to get back on a healthier track for the upcoming year. Try incorporating these goals into your resolutions for a healthier, happier 2017:
- Hydrate. About 60 percent of our bodies are water and our brains are 75 percent water. Our bodies rely on a continuous supply of fresh water to maintain optimal health. Before leaving for work, make sure you pack a refillable water bottle. Challenge yourself each day to drink about 64 ounces of water. If plain water does not appeal to you, try dressing it up with slices of lemon, lime, and/or orange.
- Consume fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of us do not get enough fresh fruits and vegetables in our daily diet. Salads are a great way to up the intake of plants but consider other ways to incorporate veggies and greens into your diet to avoid menu fatigue. Making vegetarian meals a few times a week, creating warming vegetable soups and roasting veggies such as cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts are a great way to ensure you get enough veggies.
- Take time for yourself. We have many demands on our time. Plan time for yourself each day. Take a 30-minute walk before work or after dinner. Get your gym time in. Take a dance class or join a yoga group. Choose an activity that you enjoy and that gives you life. Balance this personal time with at least 7 hours of sleep each night to stay balanced and recharged.
As always, when you can partner with a friend, your success rates rise. Try sharing your favorite plant-based meals with a friend at lunch or invite a coworker to take a quick walk before or after work. We human beings are social creatures and we thrive on companionship and community.
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