A new year arrives with a clean slate and a fresh start for many people who have health goals that they want to achieve. When January 1st comes around, the health and wellness resolutions are always abundant – but more often than not, they end up being unsustainable without the right New Year's health plan. Whether you’re wanting to follow a healthier diet, lose weight, or be consistent with a new exercise routine, you need something to hold you accountable without discouraging you. Luckily, there are plenty of new year health strategies to help take back your health! With these suggestions, you’ll be sticking to your new year health resolution in no time.
- Eat Whole and Plant-Based Foods
One of the easiest ways to improve your overall health is to eat more whole foods, which is why we focus so heavily on them with the Hallelujah Diet. Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and whole grains are full of the nutrients you need for a well-rounded diet, and consuming them comes with numerous health benefits. Research has shown that following a diet based on whole foods can lower body weight and blood sugar levels. It can also reduce your risk of certain diseases, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Getting started is easy; just spend a few minutes taking the Evaluate Your Health Quiz. Your results will give us a better idea of what areas you want to focus on, whether that be heart health, immune support, gut health, etc.
- Cut Back On Sugary Beverages
Consuming too many unhealthy, sugary beverages can lead to various health issues, such as obesity, heart disease, fatty liver, cavities, and insulin resistance, so it’s always a good idea to cut back on your intake. With the Hallelujah Diet, we help you eliminate these toxic beverages (and other foods high in sugar or refined salt) from your diet by replacing them with whole foods that are actually beneficial to your health and wellness. So for this new year’s diet, say goodbye to those harmful sodas, energy drinks, and fancy coffees, and hello to a healthier, happier you!
- Add More Produce
If you’re looking for a new year diet resolution that you can actually stick to, it can sometimes be better to choose a more attainable goal. Picking something as simple as adding more produce to your diet seems much less intimidating, so you’re more likely to see it through. Incorporating more raw and cooked fruits and vegetables into your diet can help reduce your risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. When you follow the Hallelujah Diet, you’re primarily consuming raw fruits and vegetables, so you’re getting the produce you need for a well-rounded diet. You’ll also be juicing vegetables and taking BarleyMax, which allows you to gain maximum nutrition in an all-natural way.
- Cook Meals At Home
We get it – it’s hard to beat the convenience of grabbing a burger on your way home from work, or tossing a frozen pizza into the oven for a quick and easy meal. But frequent fast-food intake has been associated with an overall decrease in diet quality and can lead to various health issues. So instead of relying on fast food and frozen dinners, start cooking more meals at home. When you make your meals, you’re in control of what goes into them, so you can choose healthy ingredients that will help improve your overall diet.
- Get Quality Sleep
If you want a new year’s health plan that will make a noticeable difference in your life, it’s important to acknowledge the other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. For example, getting a full night of quality sleep is an essential part of your overall health, and neglecting this area can be more detrimental than you think. Sleep deprivation has been known to lead to depression, and can increase your risk of heart disease or weight gain. You can improve your sleep quality by getting in bed at a decent time, lowering your screen time, and limiting your caffeine intake.
- Incorporate More Movement
To take back your health this new year, the last step of your strategy is to incorporate more movement into your day. This can look different depending on your lifestyle and preferences – it doesn’t always have to mean going to the gym and completing a vigorous workout routine. The best way to achieve this goal is to find a physical activity that you enjoy and make it work for you and your schedule. If you work a sedentary job and don’t have time to hit the gym, go for a quick walk before work or on your lunch break. If you prefer biking, go for a 30-minute ride after work. Swimming is another great alternative to try out; many gyms have pools you can use. Just choose something that you enjoy doing, and it’ll be much easier to stick to it!