Healthy Support

How to make healthy eating habits stick in the new year

The start of the new year offers a chance to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. Many of us aim to improve ourselves, but, unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions are often quickly abandoned because they are unrealistic or too difficult to maintain.

A spread of fruits, vegetables and grains on a black countertop. All are part of healthy eating.
Figuring out how to introduce healthy eating habits might seem overwhelming at first, but you don’t need to make too many changes at once. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Michael Miller)

This is especially true for resolutions centered around physical health, like healthy eating. Instead of relying on strict rules and super-human discipline, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts have shared tips for establishing realistic healthy eating goals that can endure through January and beyond.

Don’t force the New Year’s Day start date

Though it might seem counterintuitive, allowing yourself the flexibility to start implementing new habits when you’re ready, rather than forcing yourself

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Healthy Eating During The Holidays Improves Wellness And Productivity And Lengthens Life

During the holiday season, we are presented with a myriad of tempting foods, much of which is unhealthy and can deplete us of energy. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that good nutrition, along with ample sleep and good exercise, provide fuel that promotes your health, mood and mindful productivity at work. We have known for years that there is a direct link between diet and our physical health. Scientists, for example, have discovered that the Mediterranean diet reduces risks of cardiovascular disease. Research also shows that there is a direct relationship between our dietary patterns and mental health. The study’s authors state, “The results of this trial suggest that improving one’s diet according

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Healthy Body

As weather warms, outdoor activities can help with mental health

May typically brings an increase in sunny skies and warmer weather, prompting residents across the region to spend more time outdoors. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, getting outside to enjoy nature and engaging in physical activity can help alleviate some mental health symptoms.

While regular exercise’s direct impact on mental health is still being studied, researchers found many instances where exercise helped reduce the chances of developing depression or experiencing symptoms.

“Everyone knows exercise is great for physical health, but it’s also really beneficial for mental health, emotional health,” said Mike Shapiro, vice president of operations for Ignite Fitness Holdings with Planet Fitness.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the “feel-good” endorphins released during exercise help reduce stress. An individual may also have more confidence as they better their relationship with their bodies and socialize with like-minded individuals.

Shapiro added that regular exercise also helps improve

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