Friday, December 30, 2011

Fitness Resolutions you should make this year.

New years is almost upon us, and people are talking about resolutions. Now, I don't think you need to start positive changes on Jan 1st, but if that's your thing, I have a few ideas I hope you'll consider. -for yourself, and for everyone you love and who loves you.

I will walk more . Included in this should be walking to run errands whenever possible. If you can improve your health AND help the planet at the same time, it's double win!

I will eat more  vegetables. Whatever your eating philosophy, I believe the bulk of your plate- at least 75%- should be filled with a variety of veg. No matter what you serve with it, it's hard to go wrong when you start with a plate mostly filled with salad or steamed veg.

I will not fear good fats.  Depending on your philosophies, your definition of good fats may vary some. But some are a given- extra virgin olive oil, avocados, and coconut are beneficial fats you should be eating. If you can, add nuts, naturally raised meats, flax meal, and organic full fat dairy. Just please, please, please don't torture and damage yourself with a low fat diet, unless under doctor's orders.

I will not fear carbohydrates This may seem unusual coming from a paleo type, but there it is. While cutting almost all grains from one's diet VERY much reduces the amount of carbs I eat compared to a year ago, I also will most certainly not pretend mashed cauliflower is mashed potatoes in an attempt to reduce my carb intake. I fear no fruit, either.

I will reduce my sugar intake, and if I choose to eat sweets I will eat REAL SUGAR. Most of us could stand to eat less sweets, even if we aren't staring down obesity and diabetes. If you've got to have a sweet treat, go for the real thing and eat moderately.

I will do my best not to drink my calories. Water, tea and black coffee are much better choices than soda, juice, alcohol or that delicious mocha. If you do choose to drink calories, adjust your eating accordingly.

May this new year bring you improved health!


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