You might be thinking, as we approach the end of January, that your list of resolutions may have been too long, not very realistic, or overwhelming; am I right? Did your list include things like-get more organized, lose some weight, exercise more, take a vacation, attend church regularly, or work less and play more? How about refocusing by adding a resolution to eat more? Sounds crazy but did you know you can improve your overall health, increase your energy level, decrease your cancer risk, slow the aging process and lose weight by eating more food? It's true!
The key is to include more “super-foods” into your daily diet. For an improvement in your overall health, eat more beans, brightly colored vegetables, fresh fruits, almonds and walnuts, brown rice, oats, whole grain bread and pasta, fresh herbs, lean meats and fat-free dairy products. And don’t forget to drink lots of water.
If you’re seeking an increased energy level, try a high-octane snack like a piece of fresh fruit, a small box of raisins, a low-fat cheese stick, whole-grain cereal with skim milk, plain yogurt with fresh fruit, baked tortilla chips and fat-free bean dip, water-packed tuna and whole-grain crackers, a fruit shake (made with skim milk, frozen fruit chunks and vanilla), dried fruits, nuts, and graham crackers or rice cakes with peanut butter.
If you wish to decrease your cancer risk, eat more cooked tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, kale, lemons, apples, oranges, grapefruit, cantaloupe, blueberries, garlic, onions, leeks, green tea, tofu, soy beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
If a slowing of the aging process appeals to you, include the top 10 age-erasing foods in your diet: spinach, skim milk, wheat germ, salmon, kidney beans, papaya, black-eyed peas, canned tuna, broccoli and soybeans.
If weight loss tops your resolution list, increasing your metabolism will help you greatly. Begin by changing your eating schedule from the traditional 3 meals to 5 small meals a day. Eating at 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm is a good schedule to follow to keep your metabolism running at a consistent rate all day.
Remember to decrease your portion size, use a variety of foods from the above lists and exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, 3 times a week.
Mom, your children want you to be happy, healthy and full of energy. Won’t you do your part to be the best you can be in 2012? Think of it this way… resolutions are like crying babies in church, they should be carried out immediately.
You can do it, you’re a mom!
Kirsten Berger Coaching