It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
It’s that time of year again – for many of us, a new year means it’s time to reflect on the past while making plans for a better future. Resolutions are a great way to put new focus on improving ourselves in a variety of ways. If you’re thinking about adjusting your diet or trying to eat healthier, we’ve got a few suggestions to add to your resolutions list. Read on for our thoughts on how to eat better in 2015!
1. Get a clean start. Do you have Christmas cookies or fruitcake lingering around your house? Get rid of them. Take them to work, share them with friends or just simply throw them away. I know, you don’t want to waste – but these are not good calories or healthy foods. Get your pantry in order for a new year and a new you.
2. Eat more vegetables. Your mom said it, and so will I – eat your vegetables. Dark leafy greens and brightly colored vegetables are packed with what we need: antioxidants, B vitamins, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and so much more. Your body will thank you for the change.
3. Pack your lunch. Eating out every day for lunch isn’t just financially costly, it can weigh heavily on your calorie count. When you make your own lunch, you’re thinking ahead and making a conscious decision to choose healthy meal options. And because you’ll save time ordering at a restaurant, you can make time for a quick walk around the block too.
4. Avoid refined sugar. White, refined sugar is addictive. Not only can said addiction lead us to make bad food choices, but this sugar actually weakens your immune system by stealing your white blood cells’ ability to destroy bacteria.
5. Eliminate processed foods. This may sound challenging and will certainly require a little planning and effort, but those seemingly innocent supermarket foods are horrible for your heart health. Everything from packaged baked goods, margarine, frozen entrees to white pasta, granola bars and bottled salad dressings has huge artery-clogging potential.
6. Stay hydrated. Often times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. Keep a bottle of clear water with you at all times, and drink at least a liter each day. If water just isn’t cutting it, try eating an apple – it’s high in moisture content but also high in fiber.