Easy Ways to Eat Well in the New Year

The festive season is incomplete without a scrumptious table-full of treats. Relishing traditional delicacies and devouring desserts of the season with friends and family is what makes holidays so special.

But do you have resolutions for healthy eating this year? Whatever your New Year’s Resolution, a healthy and balanced diet will provide many benefits into the New Year and beyond. Use these simple ideas to start the year with your health in mind.

Eat a variety of food
Buddha bowl dinner with boiled egg, chickpea, fresh tomato, sweet pepper, cucumber, savoy cabbage, red onion, green sprouts, spinach leaves, blueberry, walnuts, chia and quinoa.

Our bodies are incredibly complex, and no single food contains all the nutrients we need for them to work at their best. Our diets must therefore contain a wide variety of fresh and nutritious foods to keep us going strong.

Try seasonal recipes

Add extra vegetables to your plate with healthy sides like Asparagus, Collard Greens, Cabbage, etc. Winter is also a great time for hearty soups.

Create a healthy eating plan for the year

Build healthy eating habits for you and your family. Start with one goal at a time and track your progress to see your accomplishments.

Cut back on salt

Too much salt can raise blood pressure, which is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Even if we don’t add extra salt in our food, we should be aware that it is commonly put in processed foods or drinks, and often in high amounts.

Limit sugar intake

Too much sugar is not only bad for our teeth, but increases the risk of unhealthy weight gain and obesity, which can lead to serious, chronic health problems. As with salt, it’s important to take note of the amount of “hidden” sugars that can be in processed food and drinks.

Avoid hazardous and harmful alcohol use

Alcohol is not a part of a healthy diet, but in many cultures New Year’s celebrations are associated with heavy alcohol consumption. WHO advises that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption; and for many people even low levels of alcohol use can still be associated with significant health risks.

Holidays are that time of the year to bond with people. Meet your friends and family and relish the quality time spent with them. Food brings people together and any celebration is incomplete without them. So, do not hold yourself back from enjoying this beautiful time. Just make conscious choices.

Sources: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2021/01/05/four-easy-ways-eat-well-new-year