Happy New Year! And welcome back!
Welcome to 2020! It is that time of year again – resolutions, promises, and hopes for a new beginning.
Personally, the fall season has always felt more like a new beginning for me, but I can understand how the beginning of the year can also represent a fresh new start for many.
Many people like to make drastic changes in the new year. Some of them are diet-related, like giving up entire food groups or going on a detox diet. I can understand this: the holidays can be a time for over-indulgence and excess and when we start the new year, we really don’t feel like eating much of anything.
While giving up food groups can make us feel better, we need to make sure we are still getting enough nutrients for our bodies to function properly. If we are active, this is even more important.
Here are a couple of tips, if you want to make some dietary changes:
- Do some research! Find out how to get those nutrients from the foods you are no longer eating.
- Try new things! It is refreshing to introduce new and different foods into your diet, and you may find something that will become part of your regular rotation.
One final thing: If you feel like you want to try a detox – please don’t! You are the proud owner of a liver and two kidneys, and they are very well designed to do this for you. Many detox diets are liquids only, and this can do unfortunate things to your intestines, not to mention that they may make you straight up hangry and unpleasant to be around.
Don’t forget to come back next week, when I’ll be sharing healthy and new meal ideas for the new year.