You know the saying: "New Year, New You!" To be completely honest, I never make New Year Resolutions. I’ve always believed you should keep both long and short-term goals throughout the year and constantly work towards achieving them, rather than starting over every year.
I like to look at the New Year as a way to continue working on what it is that I want to accomplish. I always tell people that living a truly healthy life is a combination of both physical activity and what you are putting in your body.
Many people ask me about my diet, so I wanted to share 5 easy tips for a healthier life:
1. AVOID PROCESSED FOODS They spike your cholesterol, contain toxic ingredients, have little nutritional value and are high in both sugar and high fructose corn syrup. In fact, many processed foods have been proven to lead to overeating, filling your body with empty calories and in effect making you even hungrier.
2. EAT VEGGIES EVERY DAY! A plant-based diet is one loaded with veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes. I try to consume as much of these foods as possible. They are loaded with nutrients and great for fueling your metabolism. They also prevent disease, and have a range of benefits for your hair, skin, nails, and complexion.
3. LIMIT RED MEAT I haven't had red meat in about five years and I have never felt better. I am not telling you to completely give up consuming meat, but I will tell you some of the benefits. Meat is high in fat, especially saturated fat and cholesterol. Many different types of meat have also been linked to disease and are injected with antibiotics and hormones to help the animals grow bigger and faster, which are things harmful to the human body to consume. Red meat is also hard to digest, so cutting this down will improve overall digestion.
4. EAT LOTS OF FISH Fish is high in important nutrients, is linked to improving brain function, beneficial for your complexion, loaded with Vitamin D, is high in protein and reduces several different diseases. Fish is a big part of my diet and I also eat lean, grilled chicken as a form of protein as well. My goal is to get enough protein through other foods and cut chicken out all together, but that is one of my goals that is a work in progress!
5. FIND HEALTHY SPOTS. Find local places that encourage your healthy eating habits. Juice Press is one of my favorites in NYC. They have fresh juices made daily, containing nutrients that fuel your body, great food options like soups made of veggies, and healthy spreads like almond butter. If you don’t have a local spot in your town, find a place you can order from and stock up your fridge and cabinets with healthy foods to have throughout the week.
And remember, my overall rule is if you eat a healthy diet, then allow yourself to indulge sometimes. Eat that piece of pie at Christmas dinner, have a delicious big meal for New Year’s Eve, enjoy some cocktails…but make sure you balance that out with a day-to-day healthy diet! ?
Cheers to a healthier you!