Happy New Year! This is going to be the best year ever! I have some great health and wellness tips for you. We are going to be happy and healthy. The fight against obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer and various diseases of affluence can easily be won by eating the proper nutrients. A good portion of a person's health lies in their diet and generally, a healthy person is a happy person. It's easy to feel glad if your body and mind feel good too.

Don't spend your year pointing out all your flaws in the mirror, feeling self-conscious, or being unhappy. Take an active role in your health. This is your life. Your health and happiness are in your hands and nobody else's. Use these health and wellness tips for your advantage. Live your best life this year. Whether you want to drop a few pounds, lean out, or simply eat better, here are some totally simple tips to follow. Feel better from the inside out. Eat well, feel well 2012. Let's do this! 

Veggies first- Ever notice how you can munch through four baskets of french baguette and still be hungry for dinner? The reason you're not getting full is because there is no nutritional value. Start off your meal with veggies. Fill at least half your plate with greens, salad, or vegetables. This type of food will actually fill you up, so you won't end up overeating and regretting it later.


Eat out less- Don't go out to eat, make your own food at home! Not only will you save yourself a boatload of money, but you'll spare yourself from a few pounds. As a vegetarian, I have to ask an obnoxious amount of questions and it pretty much solidifies my belief in going out to eat as rarely as possible. What is the food cooked with? Where did the food come from? What's in it? Who made it? Is it smothered in butter, lard, grease? Was it cooked or shared with other food?

Use natural foods- When I say to incorporate more natural foods into your diet, I mean the less processed the better. This is especially relevant if you follow the health and wellness tips of most trainers, health foodies, etc. Choose fresh items rather than frozen or packaged foods. If you have to microwave it or "just add water," chances are that it's not your best option. Go to a farmers market or even a local grocery store and buy fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, legumes. Eating healthy never tasted so scrumptious; there are so many options once you change your perspective.


Check the ingredients- If you do happen to use packaged foods, always look at the nutritional information before you buy it. How many ingredients are in there? How many of them are natural? How many of them are chemically made? For instance, rather than buying a box of cookies, bake them yourself. At least if you make cookies at home, there are only a handful of ingredients. It makes a difference.

Snack wisely- So you're hungry, but not hungry enough for a full meal. This is health and wellness tip #1. Snack on something yummy: make a fruit salad, eat some mixed nuts, chomp on a couple stalks of celery with peanut butter. Veto the cookies and chips. If you do find yourself tempted, which is totally natural, limit yourself. Have a handful of chips then move on.

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Everything in moderation- Continuing on the topic of limiting yourself, the same can be said about any food. If all you eat are apples, you're also not getting the right amount of daily nutrients. Maintain a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods. If you do want to eat something that you know you probably shouldn't, just eat a little. What's the point of living if you can't have fun once in a while?

Try new things- What's tofu? What's tempeh? What's quinoa? What's spaghetti squash? What's a parsnip? Look up a recipe. Then go down to the grocery store and find out. This is a brand new year, try brand new things. You just may end up loving it!