new year resolutions 2013

5 Simple Steps to a Healthier You

December 31, 2012

  It’s New Years, so bring on the resolutions, right? I’m guessing that 85% of people’s resolutions revolve around food and fitness. Fewer desserts, more miles on the treadmill and the like. I’m no nutritionist, nor fitness buff, but from years of working out with learned professionals, and years of training as an athlete, I’m going to opine here on 5 steps to a healthier you this year. Welcome 2013! 1) Water is your number one drink. Eliminate soda. Limit coffee & tea. Really limit beer (calories!). Eradicate energy drinks (so unbelievably terrible for your system). Pace freshly squeezed juices. Continue with milk (cow, almond, soy, rice, coconut). Pump up your water. Water comprises 60% of your body. It’s necessary for almost all bodily functions (moving waste, carrying nutrients, providing moisture). You should be drinking a ton of it. Or 8-10 glasses a day. If you’re pregnant or nursing, you really need to be serious about your intake as dehydration can affect your amniotic fluid levels, your baby’s circulation, and the ability for your body to cope with the increase in blood volume. Drink up! Often when we reach for food, we’re really dehydrated. If you’re nauseated by water, as I am during pregnancy, a little peppermint or lemon can help. Try water over food first. My big sippy cup jug from the hospital still serves as my water source during the day. Having a container you regularly fill up and drink down is very helpful to remember to stay…

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