With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s high time you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions and decided how to behave and what to do in the following year. However, while these decisions are important and worthy of your time, there’s something even more significant – your health and nutrition. If you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables and stick to poor food choices instead, your health will be endangered and the chances of suffering a serious disease will be much higher. That’s why your New Year’s resolutions should also incorporate green and sustainable food choices, and here’s a quick guide how to achieve that.
THINK GLOBALLY, EAT LOCALLY
Many people don’t know that all the leading countries in the world, including the USA and even the United Kingdom, import more than half of their food from remote locations. And since these are rarely neighbouring countries, a big amount of food has to travel overseas and it sometimes takes weeks to reach your kitchen. It does go through strict control, but is it really the best option for you?
Instead of following this trend, focus on locally grown food and get your meat, fruits, vegetables and other delicious stuff from local suppliers. In smaller communities, this means you’ll eat something your neighbours grow and sell, so you’ll always know what you’re buying and who you’re buying from. Hence, you’ll support the local economy, spend less money and get products that are fresh, nutritive and full of flavors – and these are just some of the benefits of eating local food.
A YEAR FULL OF ORGANIC FOOD
Once you decide to start purchasing locally grown food, you’ll also get involved in the organic food movement. And you won’t be the only one – according to a 2013 forecast, the organic food market grows about 14% every year, making this type of food supply more attractive to a larger number of consumers. The reason why organic food has so many fans is because it’s grown according to the highest standards, without pesticides, fertilisers and other chemicals that negatively affect your health.
The best way to start eating organic food is to find out which restaurants in your area use it. While locally grown food is sometimes cheaper to purchase, eating nothing but organic food can be financially challenging, yet good restaurants often have good organic food distributors that make sure your plate is full of organic ingredients.
A FRUIT A DAY
Eating fruit every single day is not something many people do, and they usually opt for fast food instead of something healthy. But, if they knew that just one piece of fruit daily can make a major difference in their bodies, they would act differently. Even though it sounds unreal, fruits and vegetables can actually help you fight various diseases, from obesity and cataract to high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer.
How to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet? It’s easy – just eat them as often as possible! You can start with breakfast and discover tasty recipes including fruits that can significantly improve your health, but you can also eat them between your three major meals. Fruits and veggies are a great pre- and post-workout food, too, and one of the best additions to weightlifting supplements for all those gym lovers who want to eat properly before and after their training sessions.
Once you start with your nutrition New Year’s resolutions, don’t stop – drink more water, skip junk food, avoid refined sugar and eat low-fat products. All of these will make you healthier and happier, ultimately transforming your entire year into a wonderful experience!
Author Bio – Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogosphere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on twitter, or in a tea shop.