Thursday, January 2, 2014

3 Resolutions for a Healthy New Year
















For the next few weeks, most people will be talking about their New Year's Resolutions. We all make and then usually break them. Most resolutions concern looking and feeling better during the next year and we go gung ho into some new eating plan or exercise routine. Our new resolve can be all well and good, but if we do not really intend to change our lifestyles and be different then just making a change in our diet or working out for a few weeks is not going to do us any good. 

Now I'm not here to bring a negative outlook to your new resolve, I just want to make sure that when you are making your goals for this year that you make goals that you can live with long term. You want to make a lasting change in your life. Sometimes we think we have to make some huge stride to have anything that makes a difference in how we feel, but that just isn't the case. Did you know that just making a few small changes can have a huge impact on your health and your outlook on the entire year. Here are just a few easy resolutions that can help us achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Remember Breakfast


First, did you know that eating breakfast can boost your metabolism and get your day started off right?   Oatmeal in all varieties helps lower cholesterol and gives sustained energy. Oatmeal is full of fiber and nutrients. Whole grains such as oats are a source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins.  It can help you lose weight and feel full for a longer amount of time. Also Honeyville's 6 Grain and 9 Grain Cereal Mix's offer good breakfast options. Eaten in healthy portions, these whole grains can lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. 

Eat More Eggs


Honeyville Scrambled Eggs, Ova Easy Egg CrystalsWhole Eggs or Eggs Whites also offer good sources of protein and offer the most digestible form of amino acids for humans.  Eating eggs can help with hair, skin and nail health. Eggs are full of sulfur and B vitamins which can help keep you "happy." They can help a person neurological function and also help decrease inflammation in the body. Better vision could be another benefit with the vitamins lutein and zeaxanthin. The Egg whites would be easy to add to a fruit smoothie for added protein. Eggs are good any time of the day, breakfast lunch and dinner. 

Don't Forget your Fruits & Veggies


People don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. Just trying to eat more fruit and vegetables this year could be one of the best resolutions you can make for you and your family's health. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you should aim for two or more cups of fruit a day, and two and one-half cups of vegetables. Honeyville offers a nice variety of freeze dried fruits and freeze dried vegetables, so they will not go rotten on you before you can enjoy them.  Also there are no added preservatives. They taste delicious and you are getting the same benefits as eating it right from the earth. Scientific studies have  also proven that not eating enough fruits and vegetable plays a role in cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.  

So whether you've already made your New Year's Resolution or your looking for ways to meet your new  goals,  I hope these ideas will help you make some gainful steps toward a healthier way of life.   

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