Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people across the nation vowed to eat healthier in 2018. It’s a popular New Year’s Resolution. But even if you strayed from the old standby and chose a different resolution, good nutrition can help you get there.
It’s truly amazing what good food can do for your body. Food can lift you up or knock you down. It can impact all areas of your health and even can affect your sobriety. If you’re serious about sticking to your own resolution, it’s important to eat right.
Here’s how good nutrition can make or break your New Year’s Resolution.
Food is energy. Eat the right foods and you’ll feel energized and alive. Eat the wrong foods and you’ll feel sluggish and tired. You’ll find it easier to achieve any goal with more energy unless you’ve set a goal to take more naps.
Consider one of the following energy-giving foods:
- Oatmeal – Carbs are the food equivalent to your body as gasoline to your car. But not all carbs are good for long-term energy. Oatmeal, on the other hand, is absorbed slowly and gives you a longer energy boost.
- Strawberries – Fruit like strawberries give your body a natural boost from fruit sugar. Fiber helps slow down the energy flow to give you a lasting result throughout the day.
- Spinach – Nitrates found in spinach help fuel the mitochondria, which are the energy powerhouses of each cell.
Whole foods that come from the earth are typically rich in antioxidants that fight free radical damage. Try to eat a rainbow of colors from natural sources to get a full spectrum of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Fermented foods like sauerkraut also contain probiotics that help balance the gut flora and build immunity. Universally beneficial foods, known as “Superfoods”, are also a great addition to any meal because they help fortify the immune system.
Good nutrition can help build up your immune system and keep you from getting an illness that will set you back from your goals.
Typically, resolutions offer ways for us to become better versions of ourselves. We do this because we want to gradually improve as we get older. Like a fine wine, we can all improve with age. The only difference is that we have to work at it.
Calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and phosphorous all work together to keep our bones and teeth healthy. These vitamins and minerals are abundant in a healthy skeletal strength.
Several nutrients work together to keep your bones and teeth strong. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body and it is the primary component of your skeleton. You also need vitamin D from your diet so calcium can be properly absorbed. Additionally, calcium works alongside phosphorous to create bone structure. Copper is a mineral you need in very small amounts each day, but if you don’t get adequate amounts of copper, you may lose bone mass and increase your risk of osteoporosis.
Trevor is a freelance writer and recovering addict & alcoholic who’s been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources and addiction awareness. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying any type of fitness activity imaginable.
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