Brace yourself, it’s January, which means there is a barrage of health-related tips around New Year’s resolutions.
It can be difficult to keep up the enthusiasm months after the excitement of the new year is over—but certainly not impossible. Healthy living is comprised of daily choices, and sometimes requires asking for help in order to maintain your health. If you find yourself facing an urgent health issue or in need of a general wellness visit, come see us at Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care. We have 18 locations across the Portland area. Our welcoming and convenient centers allow for online check-ins with a queuing system that “saves your spot” in line before you arrive.
This year, consider small and manageable changes to your lifestyle. What we eat plays a huge role in the health of our bodies, so it’s important to occasionally flush out the bad and strengthen the good parts of our diets.
Below are a few minor adjustments that encourage longer lasting and less stressful life changes:
1. Eliminate from Your Diet
Start small—instead of cutting out all processed foods, choose three that you know are hurting your diet. It could be potato chips, soft drinks or even cookies—whatever you know you can effectively eliminate to improve your diet.
2. Add Fruits or Vegetables to Your Diet
You’ve eliminated three processed foods, so now it’s time to replace them with healthier options, like fruits and vegetables.
3. Only Shop in the Perimeter
You can even make small changes at your favorite grocery store! While shopping, try to stay out of the inner aisles at the grocery store (this is where most packaged food is). Instead, stick to the outer edges where you can find produce, meats, dairy, grains, eggs and other fresh, ready-to-eat foods.
4. Read the Labels
Be more mindful of a food’s nutritional label. Take a look at its fat, sugar and sodium contents—too much of these ingredients can wreak havoc on your diet.
5. Cook at Home More Often
Try staying in and cooking healthier, fresh meals. You may find these foods leave you feeling less bloated and more energized than fast food does. Another bonus: you’ll save money!
6. Change Your Portion Sizes
You may think three big meals per day is the norm, but you’ll feel less hungry if you break those three meals into six smaller meals every day.
7. Think Small
Remember, you don’t have to make big changes to your diet to see a positive impact. Every little change helps. Be patient and allow yourself to make small changes, one step at a time.
If a change to your diet results in the unexpected—like heartburn or an upset stomach—Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care will be here for you. Stop by a location near you and we’ll get you feeling better as quickly as possible.