The clock has struck twelve—we are officially in the new year of 2019! Now that the parties, fireworks and celebrations have burnt out, it’s time to nurse our hangovers and focus on those new year’s resolutions we promised to make.
The trick to achieving your new year goals is to set yourself realistic objectives. Small lifestyle changes can have a big positive impact in the long run and can help you achieve your larger aims, whether that be getting healthier, losing weight or learning Mandarin!
In this blog, I’ll be talking you through the ways you can make eating healthily your resolution for 2019 and how your garden or outdoor space will help you achieve this goal.
Eating healthy food does not have to be a difficult task and we can still enjoy many of the foods we love without feeling guilty. One of the main things to look out for is calorie content and it is recommended that women should have an intake of 2,000 calories per day and 2,500 calories for men.
Most people eat more calories than they require, so cut down by consuming less sugar, processed food and saturated fats. If you do happen to step over the limit, then increase the amount of exercise you are doing to burn some unwanted calories away.
There are many types of food we should strive to include in our diets, such as wholegrain starchy carbohydrates (potatoes, bread, rice and pasta), oily fish (salmon, mackerel, trout and herring) and of course—fruit and veg.
It is recommended that we eat at least five fruit and veg per day, as the vitamins, minerals and fibre we get from them are greatly beneficial to our health, reducing the chance of getting diabetes, strokes, heart disease and cancer, while also lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and aiding normal bowel function.
Growing fruit and vegetables at home or on an allotment is a great way to ensure you are getting the most in terms of nutritional value, from your fruit and veg. This is because supermarket produce is often intensely grown, stored for lengthy periods of time and throughout this process, can lose more than half of the healthy nutrients that make them good for us and tastier too.
Not only is the food you produce healthy, but the process of growing it can double as a great form of physical exercise, helping you keep fit and burning off any extra calories.
The human body contains more microbes than it does human cells and some of the most important of these, are found in our digestive system. These microbes are able to send signals to the intestines which allows your body to adjust to the information it receives and is a vital factor in the functioning of the human immune system.
Sticking to your plan shouldn’t be difficult. By breaking it down into easy chunks, or gradually building up to it, you are much more likely to reach your goals and the sense of achievement that comes with it. It’s also important not to beat yourself up if you struggle.
Just keep a positive attitude and tell yourself to try harder in the future. Why not gain support by bringing friends, family and colleagues in on your resolution? Together you will be stronger and eating healthily is a great way to socialise while doing something good for your future.