2019 is here and all the resolutions are flying by fast. Here’s the thing, although I’m a registered dietitian I don’t do diet challenges. The new year should be inspiring – no fat shaming here. And if you’d like to use this month to incorporate some healthy lifestyle changes – I’m all for it. But we’re not going to count calories, here are three things that you can do right now that don’t include a diet.
- Add one fruit and vegetable serving to your diet daily. While on the surface this seems like a small change, it can have a big impact on your day. Most people don’t get the recommended daily allowance of fresh fruit and veggies daily. And it’s such an easy fix with so many benefits. We’re talking more vitamins and minerals for your body and low calorie but high impact fuel for your day, baby! Whether it’s a handful of berries on your hot cereal, chopped spinach mixed into your pasta or just an orange as a snack it’s an easy way to improve your diet with minimal effort.
- Take a 30 minute walk this week. In a world of Spartan races, Pilates and PX90’s the idea of taking a stroll to stay fit seems a little anti-climactic. But it works for a reason. There’s no equipment needed meaning no excuse not to do it. And the benefits are great not just for your body but for your mind too. Take a break, enjoy the scenery and even better, make a date to walk with a friend. This a recharging activity anyone can do. If you’re a diehard athlete, turn it into a cool down activity or ramp it up into a short hike. And if you wish you were more active this is a great place to start.
- Get 30 minutes more sleep tonight. You’re doing too much! Work, kids, house, and family commitments make life so hectic. And while you’re busy checking everything off your to-do list the first activity that gets sacrificed is sleep. Lack of sleep has been linked to higher incidence of heart disease, depression and lowered immune function. Give yourself a gift that can improve so many facets of your daily life – go to sleep just 30 minutes earlier.
2019 should be about being your best you. And incorporating these three simple things is a great place to start. If you’d like more straight forward but more personalized advice, contact me today to get some targeted solutions.