Take Care of Your Health This Year ~ Let’s Begin Anew!

As the new year has started and kids are back to school, you might be thinking about those sugary treats you had over the break, and more time spent indoors with no physical exercise. However, while these can be fun activities, you probably don’t want to continue isolating yourself or loading up on the unhealthy foods. It is all about balance, where you can enjoy the season, while also maintaining your physical and emotional health.

Use Seasonal Vegetables

A good way to start taking care of your health in the new year is to switch to vegetables that are currently in season. Seasonal produce is going to be less expensive, so it is great for your budget, plus it encourages you to try new recipes when you switch it up a little. You will also have the opportunity to sneak in more superfoods into your diet.

Bake Smartly

If you want to bake for the winter while hibernating, it might seem like it won’t help you be healthier, but that’s not true at all. You can still make smarter choices in the kitchen when baking pies, cookies, and brownies, without going overboard. Make simple changes, such as using healthier substitutes for some of your classic ingredients, like Greek yogurt or bananas, adding more baked goods with healthier ingredients like pumpkin and fruit, and always paying close attention to portion sizes.

Get Regular Exercise

Exercise can be wonderful for self-care and your physical health. It is good for your heart, boosts your energy levels, and can help you feel like you are doing something really great for yourself. Try physical activities that allow you to practice self-care at the same time, such as a relaxing yoga or Pilates practice in the morning, a nice evening walk with your dog, or heading to a local lake or beach to take in the sights while you walk.  If you feel overwhelmed with exercise, let me know, I have some great ideas to start off with!

Avoid the Common Cold

Don’t forget about illnesses that tend to creep up this time of year, including the common cold! To prevent the cold, wash your hands regularly throughout the day, stay away from others who have the sniffles, and always dress appropriately when outside on cooler days. Take your vitamin C, drink plenty of fluids, and pay attention to your health – these are all going to work great at reducing your risk for catching a cold.

As always, if you want to talk about your health and making healthy changes, you can do so here. Happy 2019, may it be your healthiest year yet!

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