Tips for making healthy and cost-saving resolutions
A common misconception with New Year’s resolutions is that improving health and wellness requires a financial investment, such as a gym membership or a new meal plan. It can be easy to think ‘Why bother making New Year’s resolutions?’ especially in this current economy. But simple, and inexpensive, lifestyle changes can make a big impact in preventing diabetes-related complications and improving overall health and wellness to prevent disease.
Diet and exercise goals always rank high on New Year’s Resolution lists. But high food prices and the state of post-holiday bank accounts leave many to wonder if they can afford to make resolutions this year, and also stick to them.
So, if you or a loved one has diabetes, is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or just wants to get healthier, here are some tips for 2013 resolutions:
- Plan ahead to keep up your exercise routine. Be realistic and specific. For example, you may want to go to the gym for 45 minutes at least 4 times each week. You can also do things that increase your heart rate and help you break a light sweat, such as walking, doing yard work, swimming, or cleaning the house.
- Plan your meals ahead- whether eating in or out. Decide ahead of time what and how much you will eat and how you will handle social pressure (“No thank you, I’m too full.”).
- Eating with the Seasons— Fresh produce purchased out of season is more expensive. Winter offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, citrus fruits, squash, carrots and broccoli. If you crave summer produce, buy frozen or canned varieties.
- Embrace leftovers — You don’t always need to “scrape the plate”. Saving leftovers, or using them in another dish, wastes less food.
- Small steps. Going too aggressive on resolutions can make you spend more money and lead to quicker burn out. Set smaller, attainable goals for your nutrition and physical activity resolutions. Sign up for a fun event that you need to train or prepare for like a fun run or walk that raises money for a good cause. Get other family members involved so you can stay active together, especially during the cold winter months.
Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people, with another 79 million at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Weight gain is a major risk factor for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes, and those at risk for diabetes, need to work toward achieving a healthy weight to prevent deadly diabetes complications, such as heart disease and stroke.