Crack Open a Healthy, Better You!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015

 

5 Attainable Resolutions
Each January, nearly half of all Americans attempt to better themselves in some way. Millions of us make some sort of New Year’s Resolution, but only a tiny fraction of us keep it. University of Scranton research suggests that only eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals [1]!

Don’t let that be you. This year, crack into a healthy, better you with realistic and attainable resolutions. Here are 5 top tips to help you in the New Year and year-round.

1. Keep it simple
Setting ambitious resolutions can be fun and inspiring, but the difficulty in achieving them can quickly lead to frustration. When it comes to establishing New Year’s resolutions, small changes can make a big difference. And while New Year’s is a great time for reflection, there’s no reason to stop there. Make small, reachable resolutions throughout the year, rather than one, overwhelming goal. Examples of simple goals could be to eat a handful of nuts for a morning snack, or to include a dark green vegetable at dinner.

Water
2. Drink more water
Staying hydrated is essential for good health. Every cell and organ in the body needs water, and it does so many things for us – from managing body temperature and lubricating joints to supporting digestion and more – water is simply amazing [2]. So this New Years, it’s time to raise your glass—to water! Keep a water bottle on your desk to make it easy.


Overeating
3. Don’t let yourself get hangry 
When you’re overly hungry, it can be easy to overeat. Avoid the hunger pains and other side effects of getting “hangry,” with smart snacks to bridge hunger between meals. Thirty pistachios make a satisfying, delicious healthy snack for about 100 calories, and makes a healthy alternative to snacks high in added sugars and saturated fats [3].

4. Go ahead, snooze!
The quality of your waking hours is influenced by the quality of your snoozing hours! A good night’s sleep not only improves mood and productivity, it also helps balance the hormones that affect appetite [4]. Establish a nightly ritual to ensure you’re getting enough sleep. Some simple tips to get you started: go to bed earlier, take a warm shower or bath to get ready for bed, keep screens out of the bedroom, and avoid caffeine and alcohol within a few hours of bedtime.

5. Don’t distress, de-stress 
Life can be stressful. Chronic stress related to the routine pressures of work, family, and daily responsibilities can take a toll on the body, including difficulty sleeping and having low energy. Eating right and getting regular exercise can help. Try walking for just 30 minutes a day. [5]

References 
[1] Accessed Online http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/
[2] Accessed Online:  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002471.html
[3] U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 27
[4] Accessed Online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why
[5] Accessed Online: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml