Most resolutions are made in January, as we flip our calendars to welcome a new year. But with the summer winding down, marking a return to our busy lives at work or school, it’s a good time to think about building solid, healthy routines to maintain throughout the cooler months.
This week, we provided some tips to help parents pack more nutritious lunches before sending their little ones off to class (see story here) – but it’s equally important for the rest of us to make sure we’re giving our bodies the fuel they need to get through the day, too.
Eating well offers a broad range of health benefits, including reducing your risk of diabetes and heart disease, keeping your bones and teeth strong and helping you maintain a steady weight. But there are a lot of psychological impacts, as well, which are often overlooked. A proper diet can improve your overall brain function, boost your energy level and even reduce symptoms of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.
As summer fades away and you ease back into your regular routine, spend a bit of time looking at the way you eat – and what you’re feeding your family. Get in the habit of reading labels at the grocery store and start planning meals with the right combination of proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Your body and your brain will thank you.