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Five Healthy Habits To Keep In 2018

Happy New Year!  This is the time for new year’s resolutions and the start of healthy habits.  If you’re looking to really create a better you in 2018, there are a few simple things you can do:

Eat More Fruit and Veggies
Following the MyPlate guide of making your plate half fruit and vegetables is an easy guideline to getting more nutrition into your daily diet.  And, by doing this you’ll automatically increase your fiber intake and reduce your calories.  Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season and you’ll even save on your grocery bill!  Check out the list of in season fruit and vegetables on the Fruits & Veggies–More Matters website.

 

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Reduce Your Intake of High Fat Foods
Instead of deep frying foods, try baking, boiling, or grilling methods of cooking.  Also, use alternatives like applesauce in place of butter in baking.  Try reduced fat dairy whenever possible and select lean forms of protein like fish or chicken/turkey breast without skin.

Stop Smoking
According to the American Cancer Society it’s never too late to quit smoking.  And the benefits of quitting are immediate.  Within 20 minutes your blood pressure drops, 12 hours later the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal, 3 months later your circulations improves and lung function increases, and one year later excess risk of coronary disease is half of that of a smoker.

Move More
Exercise is a benefit to any healthy lifestyle.  It helps to increase and maintain a healthy metabolism and burn calories.  Regular physical activity also helps to reduce stress and may help you sleep better. And, exercise doesn’t necessarily mean hanging out at the gym, simple, every day activities count as well!  Fruits and Veggies–More Matters has a list of activities to consider as regular exercise.

 

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Get Regular Sleep
Sticking to a regular sleep schedule is important for feeling your best.  Most people need roughly 8 hours of sleep per night.  While it’s fine to vary that from time to time, experts will tell you that you can compromise your immune system if you consistently deprive your body of sleep, putting you at risk for getting sick.

Finally, to be successful with any resolution, go slow and make small changes that you can build upon during the year.  If you go in full force, you may get overwhelmed and give up.  Good luck and make it a great and healthy 2018!

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