Today’s post is contributed by GMM Intern, Skye Estroff
I don’t know about you, but I start hearing the phrase, “New Years Resolutions” and my head starts ringing, “here we go again…” The expression has positive intentions, but it’s almost too full of high hopes, which makes us feel defeated before January 1 even begins. It may be said every year, but now is the time to make a change! No more unlucky 13’s to get us down! I have just the tips to keep us on track throughout all of 2014, not just the first few motivated weeks:
- Alert the media!
- I’m every bit an extrovert, so it comes as no shock that I will tell everyone around me my New Years Resolutions in detail. It may seem like a daunting task if you skew more toward the side of an introvert, but trust me it helps! Getting your family and friends in the know about your goals can help give you the support you need when making positive changes in your life. Their encouragement (and sometimes nagging reminders) will help keep your goals on the forefront of your mind.
- Eat some green in 2014!
- Cupcakes, juicing, and froyo fads may come and go but green will never go out of style. Green vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber, iron and calcium, which aid in GI, blood and bone health. Keeping on top of your daily values of vegetables will get you on track with green (choosemyplate.com). It’s difficult to choose steamed broccoli over French fries no matter how health conscious you are, so I’m giving you a few creative options that are a lot more crave-able than the standard salad!
- Drink more water!
- If this is the year we vow to be good to our bodies, then it’s the year we up our water intake. Water is a vital part of our health. It aids in kidney health, preventing dehydration and controlling calories by making us feel full faster. It’s recommended we drink about 8 cups daily, but you can never have too many! Try subbing one Coke a day for a glass of water and by the time 2015 hits you’ll be 15 pounds lighter.
Never thought change could be this easy, did you? Keep it simple with these 3 tricks and you’ll be feeling better than ever in 2014!
- GMM Holiday Spinach Dip- http://www.goodmeasuremeals.com/health/holiday-spinach-dip
- Kraft Spinach Lasagna- http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/spinach-lasagna-51636.aspx
Skye Estroff is a senior at University of Georgia studying Dietetics as well as Human Development and Family Science. She is an ambassador for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, an active member of the Student Dietetic Association and NEGDA, and shadows a Clinical Dietitian at Athens Regional Medical Center. She is now working as a Health Promotion Intern for Good Measure Meals.