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January 6, 2013 • Posted by Katie Marber
Many of us will take advantage of New Year’s Resolutions to jump start intense diet plans or to improve overall health in 2013. While certain guidelines may not seem revolutionary or shocking, such simple diet ideas may have fallen by the wayside as 2012 came to a close. For those who do not know where to begin, these five suggestions can help.
1. Go Green Tea
The amazing benefits of green tea may not be a new discovery, but for those who are not aware, green tea acts as a great source of antioxidants. By adding green tea, hot or iced, into your diet, not only are you receiving these benefits, but it can fill you up between meals to avoid useless snacking.
2. Water for Wellness
We’ve all been told to aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, but sometimes it can be a struggle to find the time or to keep track of your fluid ounce-intake. This year, it can be easy enough to hydrate by drinking a glass before and after every meal. In addition, if you do not have a reusable water bottle yet, carrying one around with you makes this resolution an easy success.
3. Freshen Up
Instead of keeping snacks that lack any nutritional value in the house, make sure to always have fresh fruits and vegetables. If your trips to the grocery store are limited, stock up on apples, orange, baby carrots and other fresh produce that can last longer in the refrigerator.
4. Go Fishing
Well, not actually. However, part of a well-balanced diet should include at least one seafood plate a week, white fish in particular. With omega-3 fatty acids, white fish contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
5. Give into Dark Chocolate
It’s true that everything in moderation is a good thing. This mouthwatering treat contains antioxidants and benefits for the heart and brain. When you’re craving something sweet, allowing yourself dark chocolate can be a wonderful compromise.