This month, our partner Jennifer Cassetta is joining us as we cover New Year's resolutions via blog and social media. Follow her four tips to better yourself in 2015!
If weight loss is on your New Year’s resolutions list, hitting the gym will help, but it won’t be enough. Transforming your nutrition program will not only help you lose weight – it can also help you build a strong immune system to fight off winter bugs and increase your chances of fighting off disease.
Here are my top four tips for short-term weight loss and long-term wellness:
1. Drink water mostly.
Skip the soft drinks, pasteurized juices and sweetened iced teas. They all contain loads of sugar. Diet soda isn’t a better choice because of the amount of chemicals. Choose pure water and you can flavor it with fresh fruit like lemons or limes and/or cucumbers for a twist. Other herbal teas and green teas are good options.
2. Swap processed foods for whole foods.
Processed foods come in bright colored packages and usually have loads of ingredients and even some you can’t pronounce. When food shopping stick to the outside perimeter of the grocery store. There is where all of the whole foods are usually sold, from the produce, dairy, butcher to salad bars. The middle aisles contain rows of boxed cereals, snack foods and other unnecessary foods. So instead of snacking on potato chips, for example, grab some sweet potatoes, roast them and snack on them instead.
3. Skip these three ingredients always.
Start reading ingredients of all foods you buy. If high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), trans fats or MSG is in them, do not buy it. HFCS is a cheap, highly processed corn syrup that can be addictive and can be found in low quality foods like soda, ice creams, candy and even bread and pasta sauces. Trans fats are fake fats that cause inflammation in the body and can lead to heart disease. They read as hydrogenated oils on a food label. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a food preservative chemical that is not good for our bodies and can be easily avoided.
4. Chill on the carbs.
I know you’ve heard it before but here’s how I’d rather say it: Eat as many vegetables as you want (expect white potatoes), eat some fruit, some legumes and some whole grains like brown or wild rice and quinoa. Cut back on breads, pastas and any foods made from flour. Doesn’t that sound much better than: Don’t eat carbs!
There you have it! Follow these four rules for a healthier version of you in 2015 and beyond.
– Jennifer Cassetta, clinical nutritionist and personal trainer