A guide to keeping your healthy eating New Year's resolution
New year, new you — we know the drill. 2018 marks yet another a clean slate for new aspirations and expectations, all for the sake of a better you. And with every year, there's always the undying resolution of adopting a healthier lifestyle. Whether it's swearing off Maccas or skipping the dessert counter, we're usually motivated to start the new year with the grand plan of eating clean.
The problem is, the resolution doesn't seem to be valid by the time January is done and dusted. Before you know it, a year has passed and you find yourself making the same resolution that you're probably not going to keep. So, to prevent the vicious cycle from taking place, here are six foolproof tips listed by the dietitians of Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. Keep to this, and you won't be eating your words by the time December comes rolling around again.
1. Add a slice of lemon to your drinking water
Instead of overly sweetened beverages, your best bet is always water. Add flavour to your glass of water with a slice of lemon. It can also aid in digestion and detoxification — lemons are also a good source of vitamin C.
2. Order no more than the amount you can eat
By attempting to finish whatever is on your plate, you're probably forcing yourself to eat more than you can actually take in. Instead of wasting food, the better alternative would be to opt for smaller servings and avoid overeating.
3. Look for the healthier choice label
Make the conscious effort to look out for the healthier choice label endorsed by the Health Promotion Board whenever you're out doing grocery shopping. These are the products that are lower in fat, sodium, sugar, and higher in calcium and dietary fibre.
4. Replace dessert with fruits
Satisfy your sweet cravings with fruits, instead of reaching for that pint of ice-cream. Fruits like apples are rich in antioxidants and can lower cholesterol levels. Pro tip? Consume the apple skin too, in order to meet your fibre needs.
5. Snack on nuts and seeds
Feeling peckish at work? Snack on healthy nuts and seeds in exchange for that sinful bag of potato chips. Almonds make a great choice as they are loaded with healthy fats, vitamin E, fibre, and proteins. Similarly, sunflower seeds are rich in fibre, packed with good fats, vitamin E and other minerals.
6. Have a salad day at least once a week
Nourish your body with greens like lettuce and kale, both of which are rich in fibre and vitamins. For a little vitamin C, include orange vegetables like cherry tomatoes and carrots. Protein wise, suss out choices like grilled salmon, chicken breast or tofu. If you want some carbs to make it a well-balanced meal, pick out foods like corns, beans or potatoes. Lastly, abstain from creamy dressings (which are usually loaded with sugar and fat) and opt for vinaigrettes and olive oil.