Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If you’re keen to make a healthy change our nutritionist has some suggestions…
Over-fed and under-exercised, it’s the same old story every January. In our droves we give up booze, biscuits and anything bad, hoping this new year our good intentions will stick. To give us a fighting chance, our nutritionist suggests realistic and practical resolutions we could all adopt, plus the Good Food team and some of our celebrity friends inspire us with their healthy goals for the year ahead…
What should my resolution be?
‘’When clients ask me about healthy eating resolutions I always recommend that they make them both practical and realistic,’’ says nutritionist Kerry Torrens. ‘’If you’re looking to get the new year off to a healthy start, try making these three changes, you’ll soon notice the difference.’’
There’s no point resolving to give up alcohol if you know you and your partner enjoy a glass of wine at the weekend – far better to vow to make it a glass of red not white. Red wine is rich in protective compounds called procyanidins which help keep blood vessels healthy as well as resveratrol, which is thought to have anti-aging properties. Just be sure you stick to the government’s guidelines and have at least two consecutive days alcohol-free.
Forget 5 and make it 7 a day – it sounds like a tall order but if you include at least one and preferably two servings of fruit or veg at every meal and snack - you’ll get there. It’ll be worth the effort because according to a recent study by the University of Warwick our well-being peaks at 7 servings a day.
Swap 1 or 2 of your daily cuppas for green tea – low in caffeine and packed with protective plant compounds called polyphenols, green tea is said to offer health benefits ranging from reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes to aiding weight loss. If you’ve never tried green tea start with a flavoured variety such as citrus or jasmine.
From portion control to sporting aspirations, we share our goals for 2014…
Health editor bbcgoodfood.com
I will… run a marathon
Or maybe a half! My goal this year is to stick with a consistent running programme and increase my distance as I seem to have plateaued at around 10km for the past six months. As I’ve been reading our sports nutritionists great marathon nutrition tips all year I think it’s about time I put them to the test!
Find more exercise tips in our fitness & nutrition hub
Marathon open water swimmer
I will… give up butter
My resolution this year is to change just one thing. It’s so tempting to try and change your life to be healthy, then by the 15th of January you’ve given up! Butter on toast is my weakness and staple pre-session breakfast. It's not going to be easy because I love buttery toast but I'm going to give it a go!
Read more about Keri-Anne in our Eat Like An Athlete series
Senior writer bbcgoodfood.com
I will… stop picking
My healthy New Year's resolution is to only cook the right amount for my toddler’s meals and to stop finishing off his food before having my own dinner later on!
Find recipes the whole family will love in our family & kids section
Runner-up The Great British Bake Off 2014
I will... eat a balanced diet
My diet has been, necessarily, a bit cake-heavy this year so I need to redress the balance. I'll be upping my fruit and veg intake significantly. And I'll be ensuring that I do at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 x per week. And because I'm a psychologist I'll be tracking my progress. I've already started so that it's not such a struggle come January.
I will... eat for my sport
I'm a really keen cyclist with a long daily commute so my New Year's resolution is to eat a diet that's much more tailored to this regular exercise, including eating balanced meals and snacks before and after cycling and staying hydrated.
Still looking for inspiration? Our healthy hub is packed with recipes and tips for you to enjoy in the new year. plus, you can now sign up to our FREE Healthy Diet Plan for meal plans, top tips and expert Q&As.
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