Closing out the year and starting a new one always feels like the right time to turn over a new leaf. We make resolutions because nothing feels like more of a clean start than the beginning of a new calendar year. Unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions don’t always stick, for a variety of reasons.
If you’re planning to make a change for the better this New Year, one of the best ways to make sure that it sticks is to be careful about what exactly you’re promising yourself. According to Psychology Today, New Year’s resolutions are successful when they’re both enjoyable and important. Once you frame your resolutions that way, they get easier to keep – which works out better for you in the long run.
One resolution that you might need to pay closer attention to this year that fulfils the above criteria is, of course, eating better. There’s no better way to go for a “New Year, new me” approach than changing your diet for the better. We’ve previously written about ‘Getting PinFit: Eating Healthy on a Budget’, and how changing your diet for the better is actually easier than it sounds. Not convinced it’s going to work out for you? Here are a few reasons why changing your diet could make 2021 your best year yet.
Improves Your Mood
One of the biggest benefits to switching to a healthier diet is that you end up feeling better – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Neuroscience News reports that poor diets can actually worsen the symptoms of mood disorders.
Research has found that vitamin B12 deficiencies, for example, can lead to higher levels of fatigue, poorer memory, and even depression. Switching to a whole food diet rich in vegetables like the Mediterranean diet can help protect against depression and anxiety, leaving you better equipped to face all the challenges that 2021 might bring.
Boosts Your Immune System
An obvious benefit to having a healthier diet is, of course, the effect it can have on your body. Your body and mind need fuel to function properly, but that doesn’t mean you can just eat anything. The wrong kind of diet can slow you down, and in some cases even lead to long-term deficiencies and lifestyle illnesses.
That makes eating well an investment for the present and future. Nutrition and supplement company Brightcore talks about the importance of having high quality ingredients in your diet, whether in whole food or supplement form. Organic, natural products without unnecessary fillers or additives are the ideal method to ensuring that you get the maximum amount of nutrition with the minimum amount of fuss.
Helps the People Around You Eat Better
Finally, when you decide to change your diet for the better, you aren’t just doing it for yourself. Your decision can actually impact the people around you, steering them towards their own better, healthier lifestyles.
ScienceDaily says that social influence can be effective in pushing people in your social circle and beyond to eat healthier. Research has found that we’re more likely to change our diets when the people around us do, too. So, when you eat healthy, everyone around you eats healthier too.
Making a New Year’s resolution that you can stick to can get pretty tough, but the benefits of choosing a healthy diet for 2021 extend far beyond one year. Even promising to take a few more dark, leafy green vegetables, or taking supplements that can address your nutrient deficiencies can go a long way. The effort you put in now to feed your body the right kind of fuel will have returns that will last you years into the future – which is all the more reason to start on this in 2021. Good luck and happy eating!
How Changing Your Diet Could Transform Your 2021