Four Simple Steps To Help You Achieve A Healthy New Year

By: Joe Martinez, RPh, PDE, CMS, Founder and CCO, HMS

Contributor, Emily Simmons

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Did you know that that 42% of people make New Year’s resolutions, but only  about 1 in 10 (9.2%) of these same people actually follow through? (Statistic Brain Research Institute)

There’s lots of advice out there regarding resolutions and the easiest ones to maintain.

Here are my 4 favorites that can help us all to be part of this impressive 9.2% AND to become healthier along the way.

One: Drink more water, especially in the morning.

This is something we all know, but few people actually do.

According to mindvalley.com, drinking water first thing in the morning is key. When we first wake up in the morning our bodies are dehydrated and re-hydrating is critical.

Most of use generally don’t drink enough water throughout the day, so starting off the day with a  a full glass of water is a good thing to add to our routine. In addition to hydration, water also helps jump start our metabolism.

Two: Move around more.

Like the Gloria Estefan song goes: “Get on your feet!”  

We work all day, many of us glued to a desk, and during our free time, it’s much easier to be a couch potato, watch TV or just stare at the sky and watch the clouds roll by.

Friends, we all need to make the effort to get up, get the blood moving, stretch our muscles and keep our bodies agile.  

In fact, the experts at CulinaryNutrition.com say that it is crucial for our bodies to get at least some movement throughout the day. Even a little bit of exercise each day can do a lot of good for our bodies, like improving our circulation and even lifting our mood.

So go ahead! Have a short walk during your lunch break and maybe even enjoying a stretch or two…or three.

Three: Adopt healthy eating habits.

This one is a biggie. Deep down I know we all want to eat healthy, but hey, we’re only human, right?

And it’s not surprising that we don’t always win the battle against the temptation of tasty but unhealthy food.  

What to do? Fruits and veggies.

Instead of grabbing for a candy bar or a bag of chips, go for nature’s candy.

My favorites include:  a fresh crisp apple or ripe banana, low-fat greek yogurt, low carb granola bar, low carb/high protein bar or a small portion of nuts, to name a few.

Four: Don’t give up.

Remember that any type of change is hard, but sticking to it is what matters.

Be patient with yourself. The results will come.

Take it one day at a time, one hour at a time or even one minute at a time.

Little bites and little steps are how you move forward on the path to success!.

To start you on your way to delicious and HEALTHY eating, try these tempting selections from Healthy Meals Supreme.

On behalf of the entire Healthy Meals Supreme family, I’d like to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy 2019!

* Always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.

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