New Year Solutions

Every year about this time many people begin to set goals for the New Year; I know that I do. Some of these resolutions never see the light of day January 1. Some are dropped or forgotten by March 1. Some are overwhelming, and most are unrealistic.New year balloons

So many of our chronic health problems are interwoven that we have multiple options to intercede. This year, whatever you choose as your goal, instead of a resolution that might break, find a solution instead.

In this overweight society that we live in, it is no surprise that weight loss of any amount becomes a resolution. Poor eating habits, between meal snacking, inadequate sleep and lack of exercise can all contribute to weight management issues.  And with excess weight comes high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose levels, fatigue, joint pain…… I think you see where I am going with this: multiple options for solutions!

So let’s start with breakfast. Eat it. Every day. Skipping that meal will not save you any calories because you likely will more than make up for it by between meal snacking. Include a serving or 2 of whole grain: bagels, cereal or even whole grain frozen waffles for long-lasting energy. Add some protein (hard cooked egg, 2 Tbsp peanut or other nut butter, half cup of cottage or ricotta cheese) to keep a satisfying feeling of fullness for 3-to-4 hours. Top it off with a glass of milk or container of yogurt for a healthy dose of B-vitamins, minerals like calcium and potassium, and more protein.

A simple solution like breakfast can make you more focused at work, control your calorie intake overall, and give you enough energy to start a walking program( or other activity of your choice). Find a solution that is meaningful to you and start today. A healthier you could be just around the corner.

Post by Nadine

About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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