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We are half way through January and many of us fall under one of two categories: the person who’s continuing to work on their committed self-improvements or those who have already fallen off the resolution wagon. The good news is, New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to start on January 1 and eating healthier is an attainable lifestyle if you’re ready to do the work. You are in control of your outcome because you control your decisions as it comes to food. With a few tips, you can be the driver of your own health whenever you choose.

Here are some tips to follow to live a healthier life starting today:

READ YOUR LABELS

Check the sugar content on any packaged foods you buy. I’m not just referencing the afternoon-pick-me-up dessert you snag on the way out of the store, but common items likely stocked in your house. You will be shocked at the products we eat on a daily basis that contain sugar including: bread, salad dressings, tomato sauce, bacon, condiments and the list goes on and on.

​Also check your label to identify ingredients you can understand. Chances are, if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not the best for you. Avoid packaged or bottled foods with high fructose corn syrups, anything “partially hydrogenated” (aka sneaky trans fats), artificial sweeteners, sodium and potassium benzonates, nitrates, nitrites and toxic artificial food colors such as: blue 1 and 2, green 3, red 3, and yellow 6​ (which have been linked to several types of cancers).

FATS AREN’T EVIL

A little louder for the people in the back: fat isn’t evil! Eating moderate amounts of healthy fats, such as avocado, eggs, avocado oil, coconut oil, and grass fed butter, or extra virgin olive oil keeps your body feeling full and work wonders for brain function. In my routine, I eat two eggs and half of an avocado almost every single day!

IT’S OKAY TO INDULGE

Indulging isn’t wrong, but do so consciously. I think this is an essential mindset needed for anyone wanting to change their diets to a healthier one. Healthy doesn’t mean you’ll never sink your teeth into another bite of chocolate or enjoy cane sugar ever again.I think limiting yourself too much can even be harmful. It is okay to indulge in a treat or two and not feel an ounce of guilt. Choose your treats mindfully and simply don’t overindulge. You shouldn’t make yourself feel crummy afterwards when you have been sticking to a cleaner and healthier diet.

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