As many New Year’s resolutions involve the idea of improving our health, the following nutrition basics can get you on the right start to achieving those goals:
- Our parents told us this as we grew up, and it continues to be true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- Choose something whole-grain in the morning, and don’t forget to include protein, such as low-fat dairy, peanut butter and eggs. Try not to go more than four to five hours without eating, and use any long periods between meals for a snack.
- Snack smart by including foods that may be lacking in your diet, such as fruit and vegetables. If you are away from home for lunch, put yourself more in control of your daily intake by planning and packing a meal rather than relying on the cafeteria or local restaurants.
- Stay hydrated all day long by consuming water-based beverages such as 100 percent juices, low-fat milk, caffeine-free coffee or tea and water -- even when you don’t feel like it. Headaches, fatigue and inability to focus can be caused by dehydration, and carrying a water bottle can be a good reminder to drink often.
- Most importantly, remember that eating healthy is a way of life and not a fad or a quick fix. It requires planning, making food choices that you feel good about and a commitment to good health.