Over the holidays, we tend to eat treats that we would not normally consume the rest of the year. That can throw us off our normal routine. The new year is the perfect time to incorporate healthier habits into your lifestyle and get back on track.
Here are five tips to help you:
1. Drink more water
Make sure you are hydrated throughout the day by carrying a water bottle with you. Know how much water you are drinking and make a goal to increase that amount. Water will help us flush out some of those toxins from the holidays. If you struggle with drinking enough water, try adding fruit to it to give it a different flavor and set an alarm throughout the day to remind yourself to drink water.
2. Move more throughout the day
Try not to be sedentary this week and make a goal to get more steps around the office. For example, take a conference call while standing, park further away, use the stairs, or even go outside for a walk. If you have an activity monitor, make a goal to get more steps in this week. It can be as simple as just moving more, so find what works best for you and your schedule.
3. Increase fruit and vegetable intake
Eat your fruits and veggies with your meals. Fruits and vegetables have vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. The fiber can help us regulate digestion that might have been hindered from holiday eating. Of course, the nutrients in fruits and vegetables will give our body the nutrients it needs for optimal health.
4. Get enough sleep
It is important to get back on track with sleep. During the holiday season, you might have friends or family in town, which can interrupt your normal sleep patterns. You should aim for seven to eight hours of good, quality sleep for your body to fully recover. Try to put electronics away an hour before bed and make sure you are sleeping in a cold, dark room to enhance your quality of sleep.
5. Make sure your meals are balanced
Try to make sure every meal includes a protein, fat and carbohydrate, whether you are eating at home or at restaurant. Eating a balanced meal is the key to managing hunger and feeling satiated. A balanced meal will keep you full for longer and includes the proper nutrients your body needs to function. An example of a balanced meal is salmon with sautéed vegetables and brown rice or a vegetable omelet with fruit.
I hope these tips were helpful in helping you get back on track this year. If you have any questions about nutrition, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.