4 Tips for Healthy Eating in the New Year (And Beyond)

This New Year, become your best self. When it comes to healthy eating, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Here are four healthy eating New Year diet tips to help you stay fit, keep healthy and be happy.

Steer Clear of Added Sugar

During the holiday season, we tend to liberalize our sugar intake with various treats at family gatherings and festivities. Although sweet while it lasted, this is a relationship that is not your best friend.

In excess, sugar is not great for you. It’s that simple. You would be surprised where added sugar is hidden. For example, you’ll find added sugar in foods that say, “fat-free” or “less fat,” because more sugar is put into these foods to replace the flavor that was taken out by getting rid of the fat.

While sugar is a form of energy our body requires, it is the added sugar commonly in the form of fructose that carries no nutritional value. This is the refined sugar you find in cakes, cookies, sweets and other treats. This simple form of energy will often be stored by your body as fat. All that is to say, steer clear of added sugar when you can.

Eat More Fiber

Fiber has many more benefits than we give it credit. Fiber isn’t just here to keep you regular; it can also help prevent cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. It’s good to help you regulate your blood sugar as well.

For example, the healthiest way to consume complex carbs (which are a form of complex sugars) is by having a 1 to 10 ratio. That’s 1 gram of fiber to every 10 carbs. Eating more fiber will keep you full longer, and can actually help you lose weight.

Moderate Your Total Calorie Intake

Pay attention to what you eat and when you eat it. I often have most clients start by tracking their daily intake for several days to highlight some of their habits. By paying attention to what you eat, you can identify and learn several ways to improve your nutrition.

With wellness and weight loss, the goal should always include eating healthy, since this will help you live a longer, healthier and happier life.

My motto is mindfulness. By paying attention to your intake, taking notes by either journaling or with the use of an app, you can learn to moderate your intake. This will help you count calories, track your sugar intake and everything in between. It will help you learn that either you’re eating too much or too little, and it’ll help you cut foods or snacks that you may not have realized were an unhealthy culprit.

It’s Okay to Splurge A Little

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t set impossible tasks. Too often we set near impossible resolutions every New Year that triggers a sense of failure. With nutrition, don’t be too rigid. You must make room for your tastes and preferences. If you know there is a dish that may not be the most clean, but you cannot live without, simply plan for these pleasures. Practice moderation and have no guilt about it. It is when these simple pleasures become more of a routine than the exception that is more problematic.

So this year, let’s plan to make realistic resolutions and remember these four simple tips for healthy eating in the New Year.

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