1. Replace refined grains with whole grains.
While refined grains are problematic and linked to many diseases, whole grains are health promoting. Whole grains are a healthy source of carbs, protein, fiber and various vitamins and minerals. They are also relatively inexpensive and generally aren’t labor intensive.
2. Drink more water.
Water is one of the most basic of human needs. Drinking more water will likely reduce the amount of other beverages and keep you hydrated throughout the day.
3. Eat more fruit.
Fruit is one of the most health promoting foods you can eat. Eating more fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth, provide many nutritional benefits and help prevent going after unhealthy sweet foods like cookies and candy.
Try having your favorite fruit between each meal and every time you crave sugar.
4. Do physical activity you enjoy.
January tends to be a busy month for gyms everywhere. If going to the gym feels like a chore, then it is unlikely you will follow through with it. Try spending that time doing physical activity you like or at least don’t mind.
5. Eat vegetables with every meal.
Vegetables are probably the most health promoting food group. Unfortunately many people struggle to even meet the minimum recommendations, and the most popular vegetable is french fries. One of the easiest ways to upgrade your diet is by adding more veggies in. You can add spinach to your smoothie, sprouts to your sandwich and have some broccoli with dinner.
*French fries and pizza don’t count.