Smart Dietary Resolutions You Can Start—and Keep—this Year

Another year, another round of resolutions destined to be ardently pursued for a whole week before being quietly dropped from our radars altogether. We always start off a new year with the best of intentions, but change can be pretty difficult, even when we know it’s for the best. The key to making succesful and lasting New Year’s resolutions lies in making your goals more specific and breaking those goals down into smaller tasks that can be relatively easily accomplished on a daily basis.

If, for example, your vague resolution involves improving your overall health, one great place to start is your diet. Hone in on this specific aspect of your health by making these smart and effective changes now, for a healthier year to come. 

You Can Be Sweet, But Your Food Doesn’t Have To Be

One of the worst facets of the modern Western diet is the amount of sugar that goes into so many of our food products, snacks, and drinks. In excess amounts, sugar can lead to a whole host of health problems, from increased inflammation in the body to weight gain and even sleep deprivation. You may think you don’t consume a lot of sugar, but if you check the labels of your most commonly used food products, you may be surprised to see just how much sugar is in your diet. This year, make an effort to really examine the labels of foods you pick up in the grocery store, and avoid products with high amounts of added sugar. 

Add More Grains to Your Meals

One of the easiest ways to improve your diet is by introducing more whole foods into it, and there are many different types of grains out there that can fill you up and provide you with the nutrition you need. Quinoa, sorghum, brown rice, spelt, and barley are just a few great options for you to try out. Just be sure to stick with whole grain options, instead of processed and refined versions of these foods, such as white rice and white pastas. 

Increase Your Probiotic Intake

Probiotics are the little guys in foods such as yogurt, kefir, and kimchi that make your gut happy, which in turn makes your entire body healthier. Gut health is directly linked to mental health, so do yourself a favor by stocking up on pickles, kombucha, and sauerkraut for better digestion, among other things.  

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