Making New Year Resolutions is what many of us look forward to but fail to follow! Let’s have a look at some resolutions which are fun to make and easy to keep, not only for ourselves but for our families as well.
- Begin with whole wheat, other grains and cereals. Eat less of refined flour – Pasta, Pizza etc.
- Make fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables a part of your daily diet. Eat less of frozen, packaged meals.
- Make fresh soups, stocks and purees. Limit the use of preserves, bottled sauces and pickles
- Eat more of fish, eggs and chicken. Limit the consumption of red meat. Also, stick to lean meat and chicken.
- Make healthy snacks in advance. Place a bowl of cut fruit in the fridge or arrange carrot and cucumber sticks in small glasses and place them in the fridge – one for each!
- Add a dash of lime or slices of any citrus fruit to a bottle of plain water with a few sprigs of mint or basil and keep it in the fridge – that’s a lot healthier than packed juices and sodas.
- Serve fruit as dessert. You may even add a dollop of low-fat cream to it! Better than cookies and pastries you buy.
Let’s Resolve to Stay Fit:
- Play with your children – be it skipping the rope, running around the fence or dance to their kind of music. It’s fun while you burn!
- Plan family outings – a short trek, swimming, cycling or games at the beach.
- Make it a point to walk as much as you can every day. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Park your vehicle farther away than you do. Take longer walks during weekends – maybe, see a new place!
- Register your family for a club run or a marathon/ charity event and practice together for it.
Rules to Fitness:
- No eating while watching TV/ Reading/ any activity that distracts.
- Washing hands with soap each time you return home.
- Soda/ juices to be had at restaurants only.
- Pizza to be ordered or desserts to be served only on special days or weekends.
- Fried/ packaged food to be served in limited quantities on designated days.
Think New Thoughts:
- Start questioning the advertisements. Not all that they say is true and let your kids know too!
- Try to be of help around the neighbourhood. Potting a plant for the grandma next door will not only make her happy but could earn you a tasty, home-made piece of carrot cake!
- Look for everything that is good in your life rather than brooding over what you have not. Take care of your elders, spend evenings with them chatting about their fond memories. Take your kids to the zoo and experience being a child, yet again with them. Meet your old friends, your buddies – they are the ones who give you some of your best laughs!
- Sheetal Bidaye
- December 28, 2016
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