As we enter a new year, many people make a renewed effort to focus on healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. While there are many different areas to work on, and countless methods for improving your lifestyle, WebMD suggests you take small steps. Below are a few suggestions from WebMD to think about as you enter 2015.
Buddy up with a friend or family member with diet and weight loss resolutions. Then share your ideas, plans, and successes regularly.
Leave the temptations -- ice cream, chips, soda -- at the grocery store. Promise yourself you'll cater to cravings only outside the home, in one-serving portions.
Socialize with non-food events. Get your friends together in the park, for a hike, or at the movies.
Pop a stick of gum or a sugar-free mint in your mouth to help ward off the muchies.
Designate a color-a-day. Maybe Mondays are yellow, with grapefruit, golden apples, or corn starring in meals, while Tuesdays are purple with plum and eggplant. This can make working in additional fruits and veggies more interesting and fun.
Get the kids involved and go for a theme: Build a green pizza with emerald bell peppers and artichokes, or a red produce-infused chili.
Drink more water, start with a cup before you even brush your teeth in the morning.
Try to drink one more glass of water today than you did yesterday.
Starting with small steps may make changes easier and less daunting. Be sure to check in with your doctor before making any major changes to your health and for help getting on the right track.
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