December is generally the month of indulgence, and January the month of resolutions and crazy diets.
Completely restricting all sugar and fatty foods from January 1st isn’t sustainable and it isn’t the healthiest option in the long run.
There are some small easy changes you can make to your diet, though, if you are going for the ‘New year, new me’ vibe.
Go for a 20-minute walk
Not everyone has the money or the time to make it to the gym but taking 20 minutes out of your day to enjoy a brisk walk is a great way to fit some exercise into a busy schedule. Get up twenty minutes earlier than usual and wake your body and mind up with a stroll and some fresh air.
Drink green tea
It’s everyone’s ultimate detox juice and for good reason. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea (pardon the pun), but with the variety of flavours and brands out there, you’re sure to find at least one that you can enjoy!
Simply swapping one of your usual hot beverages a day for a cup of green tea will make you feel revived – it’s a really easy way to boost your health!
Take your vitamins
A really simple change you can make (if you haven’t already) is to take some multi-vitamins daily. You can buy them in most supermarkets and high-street pharmacies.
Your body will be grateful for the extra nutrients which help reproduction, maintenance, growth and regulation of bodily processes.
Get in your 5-a-day
You don’t have to eat less to be give your body a break from the Christmas indulgence! In fact, eating as many portions of fruit and vegetables as you can is what you need to give your body the TLC it deserves.
To make it more interesting, spend some time picking some fruits and vegetables you haven’t tried before – you might find yourself a new favourite pick!
Make breakfast count
It’s the most important meal of the day, so make it a good one. Starting your day well will can only be a good thing – so having fruit, whole grains, oatmeal or whole-wheat toast is what the body needs for long lasting energy.
Opt for diet drinks
Instead of having full-sugar drinks, try the diet version. They don’t taste much different and they will save you a lot of calories. Drinking sugary drinks are the calories you don’t think about. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying one as a treat every now and again, but replacing them for zero-sugar versions is a small change that will make a big difference.
Load up on protein snacks
Instead of snacking on crisps or the left-over treats you don’t really like from the selection box, have a portion of nuts or a protein shake instead.
It’s filling and your body will love it.