New Year’s Resolutions are typically a set up for failure especially when it comes to diet and exercise. As recovery from substance use disorders shows, it takes time to develop the skills, knowledge, and practice for a whole new way of living. Living a nutritionally focused and healthy lifestyle takes time, takes mistakes, and takes commitment. Instead of diving into a restrictive diet and rigorous exercise regimen, try slowly adopting some of the suggestions on this checklist into your daily nutritional life and watch the lifestyle changes occur.
The old “8 glasses of water a day” tip for staying hydrated has become antiquated. Today, nutritionists suggest consuming at least half of your body weight in fluid ounces. Some say a gallon of water a day is necessary, but that can take a lot of time to adjust to. Start with getting at least 50 ounces of water a day and work your way up to half your body weight in fluid ounces.
One mistake many people make when they dive head first into new year’s diets is cutting out fat entirely. Fat is good for the body. In fact, fat is essential. However, the right kind of fat is what the body needs. Remove trans fats and saturated fats found in fried foods using vegetable or canola oils. Instead, opt for olive and coconut oil. Look for fat content in avocados, fish like salmon, and nuts. You’ll give your brain the fat it needs while giving your body a break from digesting unhealthy fats.
The Whole Foods market changed has dubbed “flexitarianism” the nutritional trend for 2017 in which people are encouraged to eat 1-2 vegan or vegetarian meals a day. Consuming meat and protein is needed for a balanced diet. Consuming less is need for a balanced world ecology. The body doesn’t need as much animal based protein as many have thought until now. Put fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts high on your grocery shopping and eating list over meat.
Aurora Recovery Centre supports each member’s nutritional lifestyle through individual nutritional counseling, regular meetings with dietitians, and time made for exercise. We emphasize wellness as a holistic and essential practice for recovery. Recovery is possible. Aurora is here to light the path. 844-515-STOP.