Keep Your Resolution: 5 Simple Ways to Live Healthy this New Year

I hate a vegetables! I'm not eating this!Written by Connecticut Children’s Nutrition Team

We are officially three weeks into the New Year and if you are having trouble keeping your resolution odds are you’re not the only one. Many of us commit to living a healthier lifestyle and even though we try, without proper tips and tricks it can be difficult to master. Below are 5 techniques that can help you better stay the course in 2017. Whether you follow all 5 or just a few, be proud that you have made your health a priority!


1.Hide your salt shaker (and a few other items…)
As they say, out of sight, out of mind. You’ll be surprised how little salt you’ll use when it’s not so easily accessible…or existent for that matter. In fact, there are plenty of substitutes that can add tons of flavor in absence of salt, like dried herbs and spices. Other items to remove or replace – swap out butter for non-tropical oils like olive or canola oil.

2.Take the stairs
Slow elevators? Ever feel like it would just be quicker to take the stairs? Then do it. Ideally, we should all be taking 10,000 steps per day and getting 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.  So how can you make this happen when it seems impossible? Go for a walk at lunchtime – outside or down the hall, sign up for that evening yoga class…and if you happen to be at Connecticut Children’s, try the DINO Walk – just follow the dinosaur signs throughout the Medical Center!

3.Give water a try
I get it…you don’t have time or just don’t like the tasteless beverage but I swear the more water you drink the better you’ll feel! Eight cups a day is key…so how can you start drinking more H2o?

Try flavoring your water with fruit or a squeeze of lemon. Using  a large reusable cup/thermos can also make drinking water much, much easier – and can be a great reminder to drink more water when you’re in the office or at home. Also, be sure to limit your intake of sugar sweetened beverages and avoid sodas. Opt for seltzer or infused waters instead!

4.Change up your cooking methods
Switch up your cooking methods this year. Limit your frying and start baking, grilling, broiling or stewing instead. In addition to cooking differently, why not cook different things? Add fish to your diet 2 times per week. So what should you limit? Limit rice or pasta intake to the size of your fist and protein to the size of your palm, per meal. Also, when possible try and eat whole grains!

5.More fruits and veggies please
When you sit down to eat, your plate should be chock full of color…in fact, at every meal, half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables. Not enough color? Add more. Let this be your guide and you’ll be consuming 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day in no time!

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