Approximately 80 percent of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second month of the year. Why is that number so high? Many people say they want to do something, but they stop there. They don’t delve into their own reasonings for wanting to accomplish that particular goal or how it could truly help them. A lot of people think of the resolution (the end game) but don’t approach it with intention or make an outline of how they will actually get there.
If your resolution is to eat a better, balanced diet, we’re here to help you. We know you can set this goal with intention so that you don’t fall into that 80 percent of failed resolutions. First, you must understand how beneficial a more balanced and healthy diet can be for you – beyond just weight loss.
Yes, it will almost certainly help you lose weight, but there are so many other health benefits attached to a healthy diet!
- Reduce your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, killing one in four people each year. Even if it doesn’t run in your family, you shouldn’t count it out. Eating a more balanced diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats can considerably reduce your risk of this dangerous disease.
- Reduce your risk of some cancers. Did you know that certain foods have cancer-fighting properties? Such foods include: cabbage, garlic, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes and certain fruits like berries. What do these foods have in common? They’re all fruits and vegetables. Eating a balanced diet high in these items and low in things like processed foods and fatty meats can be very beneficial to you.
- Reduce your risk of diabetes. According to Harvard School of Public Health, “[b]eing overweight increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes seven fold. Being obese makes you 20 to 40 times more likely to develop diabetes than someone with a healthy weight.” Eating a more balanced diet can keep your weight under control and help you avoid this life-changing disease.
- Simply feel better. Eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in nutrients and low in saturated fats can give you more energy and lower feelings of depression and sluggishness. Foods rich in antioxidants can help reduce the damage done to your cells by the free radicals in your body. Foods that are high in antioxidants, again, are mainly fruits and vegetables. These include blueberries, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, spinach, pumpkin, carrots nuts and seeds and more.
How can you acquire these benefits, plus many more? You may be familiar with the food pyramid which was used until very recently as a general guide for the types of foods and portions that Americans should be consuming. My Plate is a new guideline that was launched in 2011 by the United States Department of Agriculture. The main ideas of My Plate are as follows:
- “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Focus on whole fruits.
- Vary your veggies.
- Make half your grains whole grains.
- Move to low-fat and fat-free milk or yogurt.
- Vary your protein routine.
- Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.”
The USDA suggests that you get around 40 percent vegetables, 30 percent grains, 10 percent fruit and only 20 percent lean proteins. It includes low-fat dairy included only sparingly, like a small yogurt cup or glass of skim milk. View the entire Dietary Guidelines for Americans eighth edition (active from 2015-2020) here.
Contact us today for more information. We’re here to help you be as healthy as you can be, all throughout the year!