The new year is a common time to think about self-improvement.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to better your lifestyle without throwing your daily routine out of whack.
We’ve put together a list of some relatively small changes you can make to your life right now to start living healthier.
Eat fruit instead of candy.
Candy is sweet because it contains processed sugar, usually high-fructose corn syrup. Fruit is sweet because it contains natural sugar, but it’s still good for you because it’s also rich in fiber, which helps you digest the sugar more slowly.
Shop on a full stomach.
Studies show that people who snack before a grocery trip buy fewer unhealthy foods, possibly because they aren’t driven to make impulse buys out of hunger.
While you’re at it, learn how to cook.
Studies have shown that dieting doesn’t work, because cutting out entire foods only makes you want to eat more of them. But cooking at home is linked to eating healthier, saving money on dining out, and boosting self-esteem.
Drink your coffee black.
Studies suggest that coffee is good for you — some even suggest that drinking three to five cups a day could lead to a longer life. Eliminating milk, cream, sugar, or flavorings will cut calories and maximize coffee’s health benefits. And don’t worry — drinking black coffee won’t make you a psychopath!
Swap the butter on your toast with mashed avocado.
Avocados are a good source of healthy fats. The fleshy green fruit is a mainstay on the “superfood” list — it’s high in nutrients like potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E, and fiber.
Substitute your white bread with whole wheat.
Whole-wheat bread is higher in fiber than regular white bread, and fiber fills you up and helps with digestion by slowing down the absorption of sugars.
Drink plenty of water.
You’ve heard this before, but the benefits of staying hydrated are numerous, from keeping your body fluids balanced to having more energy. Some fitness experts even claim you can lose weight if you drink water before every meal.