in the New Year
The New Year is here and that may
mean to start new resolutions in some aspects of your life. If health is
one of your resolutions for this year, the following information can be
useful to you:
- After overeating during the holidays, we all need to
shed off some pounds and the best way to do this is by been active.
- To become active does not mean that you have to join
you can be active just by dusting your house or walking with
- If you already do
some household shores during the week then add moderate activities such
as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking brisk walks,
dancing. Talk to you doctor before you start any type of physical
activity in your lifestyle.
- Listen to your body for aches, pains, shortness of
breath, or any other abnormal signs and symptoms. Stop when these occur
and talk to your doctor.
- In addition to physical activity, you must pay
attention to your eating habits; otherwise you will not reach/maintain
an appropriate weight.
- My Pyramid is an excellent guideline to eating
healthy as long as it is followed by the suggestions of a registered
- Three meals a day and a variety of all food groups
from My Pyramid are recommended to reach/maintain a healthy weight.
- Donít forget the water. It is recommended to drink at
least 8 (8oz) cups of water every day. Juice and other drinks do not
- Limit eating/drinking out. This habit can easily put
pounds on you. When
going out, watch your portion sizes, you can cut down lots of calories
- Pack your meals/beverages whenever possible. Monitor
the fats, salt and sweets that you add to your foods/drinks while
cooking and before you eat/drink them.
- If at all possible, keep a log of your eating habits
and compare it to My Pyramid. Also, keep a log of your physical activity
habits to show the progress you have made or to record conditions that
- Above all, be patient with the new habits you are
making and enjoy all you do for a healthier lifestyle
Palm Beach County:
Florenzia Davis, PhD,MS,RD,LD/N
Senior Public Health Nutritionist
(561) 671-4000 x 4048