Resolutions are often hard to keep but setting healthy goals is an important step at any stage of life. Start by assessing which elements of your health need the most improvement then choose just one or two goals from the following list of small changes you can make towards a healthier you in 2012.
- Eat at least one green thing every day. You don’t need to spend twenty minutes looking up a fancy salad recipe or chopping a dozen different vegetables. Move past the iceberg and romaine but still, keep it simple: Choose one tasty salad green and add just one other favorite ingredient. Perhaps spinach with cut up strawberries or arugula sprinkled with almonds? Need a few ideas to get your kids in on eating the greens? Test out one of these 13 strategies from Simple Organic.
- Try one in-season produce item each month. No matter the season, you can eat the freshest, most nutrient rich foods by increasing your knowledge of seasonal foods. In the spring and summer, visit a local farmer’s market or join a CSA where, in exchange for payment, you receive fresh picked healthy vegetables for you and your family throughout the harvest season.
- Replace your sunscreen. If you think you are effectively protecting yourself from sun damage, you might want to check your sunscreen bottle again. Few, if any, of the mainstream brands qualify for EWG’s easily searchable safe sun block list which catalogs products that protect across both spectrums and do not contain harmful chemicals.
- Drink one more 8 ounce glass of water each day. Most of the major systems in your body depend on water. Reach for another glass before you even feel thirsty and be sure the water you’re drinking is the cleanest and safest possible. Check your area pollutants and find the best water filter for your needs.
- Go more organic but don’t get overwhelmed with it. Purchasing organic products isn’t always easy on your budget. Instead of an all or nothing approach, focus on avoiding the dirty dozen, the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetablesaccording to the Environmental Working Group.
- Skip the antibacterial soap. Dr. Matthew Hoffman of WebMD says antibacterial chemicals have been added to everything from toothpaste, socks, plastic kitchenware, and even toys even though they don’t work any better than regular cleansers. On top of that, they damage the environment and potentially place our long-term health at risk. Look for a hand soap like Method that doesn’t contain triclosan, the most common antibacterial agent.
- Take a walk. Good for your body and mind, walking is simply good exercise. Make a resolution to take walks on your lunch break, get out with your kids or enjoy the beauty of Chester County while walking on one of the many local hiking trails.