Looking to live a healthier life in the new year? Most of us share the same New Year's resolutions: get fit and healthy eating—but how does one actually achieve them? To ensure you don’t throw in the towel come February 1, we're here to help! Check out our four tips to help you make 2021 your healthiest one yet.
COMMIT TO EATING MORE PLANT-BASED FOODS
One of the best things you can do for your health and the health of the planet is to adopt a plant-focused diet. However, if the idea of cutting back on meat and dairy sounds too challenging, a flexitarian diet might appeal to you more. Flexitarian diets emphasise plant foods, such as veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, pulses (beans and legumes), and whole grains, but leave some room for meat, dairy, and other animal foods A great starting point would be to begin by cutting out meat from one meal a day. Try removing animal products from breakfast, then gradually move towards committing to one day a week with no animal products. Perhaps even consider making Meat-Free Mondays a family tradition!
ADD MORE COLOUR
The foundation of a healthy eating plan begins with a balanced, varied diet. One of the simplest ways to eat a more diverse, nutritious diet is to add colour to your plate! The more colourful your plate, the more nutrients you’re likely to consume thanks to the phytonutrients and antioxidants found in vibrant coloured vegetables, legumes and fruit! A great way to get these benefits is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables in an array of rainbow colours.
GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Make 2021 the year you catch more Zzz’s. Like eating well or exercise, a good night's sleep is crucial to good health. Sleep affects everything from how we learn to our mood to our immune system, so it's definitely worth adding quality sleep up to your list of new year’s resolutions. Luckily, most common sleep issues can easily be tackled simply by building better sleep habits and skipping electronics before bed.
In a world full of ever-changing technology and packed schedules, exercise often takes a back seat. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore or something to check off the to-do list without enjoying the actual activity itself. This 2021, invest some time in finding fun activities that will also keep you healthy and active. To make exercising even more enjoyable, considering roping in a friend, your spouse or even your kids –this will mean you have someone to answer to when you’re tempted to skip a day!