Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier? There are many ways you can adjust your lifestyle to accommodate healthier habits in the coming weeks and months without depriving yourself. Follow these steps to start a healthier diet and lifestyle in 2020!

Watch your portions

Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal.  Serve food on smaller plates so meals look larger. Add more salads to your diet, especially at the start of a meal, which can help control hunger and give a sense of fullness while controlling calorie intake.  Drink more water. Water supports optimal metabolism and can help curb your appetite.

Add some color in your fruits and vegetables

Eliminate sugar and processed foods. Instead, replace them with colorful fruits and vegetables which can include a wide range of flavors and nutrients, allowing for a more interesting plate. A healthy plate can also leave you feeling fuller longer than a plate of chips and cookies. Include a variety of foods from the major food groups like whole grains, low-fat dairy options, and lean proteins including beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats.

Don’t skip meals

Skipping meals can lead to overeating and loss of control. Breakfast is critical to maintaining your appetite throughout the day, and studies have shown that eating breakfast can keep you from eating too many calories. You are also more inclined to pick fruits and vegetables high in fiber as snacks, which will leave you feeling fuller with fewer calories. 

Get Moving

Exercise is not only a great way to burn calories and body fat, but it can also improve your mood and reduce stress.  If the gym isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options. Try taking a walk around the neighborhood or do laps around the mall.  Take a class like Zumba or yoga.  Even just taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator is considered exercise.  The important thing is to do what works for you and make it a habit.

Walk-In Urgent Care in Norwalk, CT

Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year! At AFC Urgent Care Norwalk, experienced medical professionals treat common illnesses and injuries — everything from common colds and coughs to stitches and broken bones. Our center is open seven days a week, with walk-in patients always welcome. For more information or with questions about our walk-in care, please call 203-845-9100.