Earlier this week, we kicked off the new year by talking about some of the unique strategies that you can use to make good on your New Year’s resolution to get (and stay) in shape. Today’s post focuses on another common New Year’s resolution: eating healthier. Read on for some nutrition tips that can support your health in 2018.
Setting Specific Nutrition Goals for 2018
One of the reasons why keeping a New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier is so hard is that the term “healthy eating” is so vague. Eating healthier means different things for different people. When coming up with the best diet for you in 2018, it is important to consider your short-term and long-term goals for your health. Once you define these goals, you can implement more concrete plans that can get you exactly where you want to be.
Here are are a few of the most common healthy eating goals, along with specific strategies that can help you reach them:
- Eating to lose weight.
Losing weight can be a major challenge, but it’s far from impossible. You’re probably familiar with the standard tips for weight loss — such as limiting processed foods, eating more fruits and vegetables, and keeping a food log — but you might not know about there are all-natural nutritional supplements that be strategically used to support healthy weight loss. For instance, fiber supplements, probiotic supplements, and prebiotic supplements can all keep your metabolism from getting sluggish and derailing your weight loss efforts. There is also evidence that supplementary forms of amino acids, such as glutamine, can help prevent calories from being stored as fat, thereby supporting weight management.
When it comes to staying true to your weight loss diet, it can also be helpful to have a backup plan. Some days, you might be too busy to pack a lunch for work and find yourself without any options that fit into your diet. For those days, you may want to consider a functional food that serves as a meal replacement. A powder-based, flavorful nutrition shake can give you the nutrients you need when alternatives are limited.
- Eating for energy.
Another reason why you might have included healthy eating on your list of New Year’s resolutions is to improve your energy levels. Getting the right mix of nutrients in your diet can make a huge difference when it comes to maintaining healthy energy levels throughout the day. For instance, B-vitamins are essential for maintaining healthy energy levels. You can get them by eating more high-quality food sources, like spinach and whole grains, or through nutritional supplements.
Alternatively, if a lack of sleep is the culprit for your low energy levels, there are dietary strategies that you can use to make to help regulate your sleep cycles, which can ensure that you get enough sleep each night to power you through the day. Some of the most effective formulas include the precursors to hormones that can help you relax and wind down from the stress of a long work day.
Finally, if your fatigue just won’t go away, you might want to get your iron levels tested. Iron-deficiency anemia is particularly common in women, especially endurance athletes and women with heavy periods. Iron deficiency anemia can be recognized with a simple blood test, and the fix is often relatively simple: In many cases, you can get your energy levels back to normal by starting an iron supplement and increasing your intake of iron-rich foods, including red meat and (for vegetarians) lentils, spinach, and whole grains.
- Eating to prevent disease.
Your diet can play a major role in preventing illness — from short-term infections like the common cold to serious diseases like cancer. For example, if you’re looking for an immune boost, a daily supplement that contains vitamins with antioxidant activity, such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, is a great place to start. Omega-3 fatty are also a great option. Not only do they boost your immune system by promoting cytokine balance, but they may also help stave off heart disease and support long-term nervous system health. If you’re looking for a supplement containing anti-cancer compounds, you may want to consider curcumin, a natural constituent of turmeric that has been shown to have anti-tumor effects in multiple scientific research studies.
Making a Plan and Getting Support
As you clarify your healthy eating goals for 2018 and develop a strategy to meet them it can be helpful to get support. Your family and friends can be great cheerleaders, but if you’re struggling with the details of a weight loss diet, you may want to seek professional help. For insight into meal planning and all-natural nutrition supplements, a chiropractor can be a great resource.
Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness offers a wide range of nutritional supplements that can help you keep your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, no matter what goal you are trying to achieve. Contact us today for more information!