9 Tips for a Healthier New Year from Morning to Night

With the start of 2017, our thoughts turn to ways we can be healthier and happier in the upcoming year. Even if we indulge a bit in our celebrations this New Year’s Eve, we can spend January 1st kickstarting our healthy habits. Here’s how to have a healthy New Year’s Day from morning until bedtime.

First thing in the morning

Start your day with a glass or two of water with lemon juice. From alcohol to salty snacks and heavier holiday meals, your digestive system could probably use a boost. Lemon water promotes digestion and healthy elimination, while also supporting your immune system and giving you energy to take on the day ahead. 

Extra credit: Take a probiotic supplement for immune and digestive support. [Editor's note: We recommend choosing a high-quality probiotic like one from our partner Bio-K Plus.]

Get moving

Do some exercise on an empty stomach. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long session at the gym. Get out your yoga mat and find a flow YouTube, go for a brisk walk, or get the whole family involved with a Good Morning Dance Party.

Extra credit: Set out your workout clothes the night before so you don’t have to think about it.

Breakfast of champions

Make a commitment to breakfast for 2017. Smoothies are an amazing way to quickly get a lot of nutrition into your body. Check out Andrea’s Green Smoothie or my favourite Mango Mint Smoothie. If you find yourself tight for time in the morning, prep all your smoothie ingredients in freezer bags on Sunday night so they’re ready to go into the blender.

Extra credit: Opt for all natural ingredients instead of a protein powder. Consider hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax meal, or even a ¼ cup of beans (I promise you won’t taste them).

Time for reflection

Take a moment to write down all the things you’re grateful for that happened in 2016. Think about your goals, hopes, and intentions for the next year. What one step can you take right now to make them happen? 

Extra credit: Set up your planner for the week so you feel even more prepared to start the new year fresh. Schedule in time for reflection weekly or daily if you can.

Let's do lunch

Make a big batch of chilli, soup, or stew that you can eat for lunch all week. Use your holiday leftovers if you have any, or try a new recipe you’ve wanted to get to. Taking your lunch to work can save hundreds of dollars each month!

Extra credit: Get the whole family involved and make healthy lunchtime a group activity.

Snack smarter

Throughout the day, focus on smart snacks. Look for snacks that contain protein, like an apple and nut butter, hummus and veggies, trail mix, or substitute your regular snack for a healthier option.

Extra credit: Read more ways to Unjunk Your Junk Food

Dine right

While it can be tempting to order in (especially on New Year’s Day), takeout is often full of hidden ingredients. Make your favorites with a healthy twist: cauliflower crust pizza, un-fried rice, baked crispy chicken instead of fried. 

Extra credit: Choose a cuisine you're not familiar with. Never made sushi before? Why not try it now (and don't forget to buy organic rice)?

Make it count

Instead of powering through an entire season on Netflix, why not spend some quality time doing an activity together? From a family walk, to board games, focus on doing something with your loved ones that promotes togetherness and engagement. Set a time limit for screen time, and decide together that everyone will put the technology away and enjoy each others' company. It doesn't need to be formal, even something simple like talking about your favorite memories from the past year is a great way to spend time together.

Extra credit: If you can, get outside and play together

Sleep right

Quality sleep is so important for your health. At least an hour before bed, turn off all your electronics. If you don't have a nighttime routine, now's a great day to start one. Think of things that will relax you, from reading, to sipping a cup of herbal tea, to spending some time on your beauty routine. Keep your bedroom cool and dark, and consider a quiet meditation before bed to help your brain prepare for rest. 

Extra credit: Turn your phone off while you sleep and go analog with an alarm clock.

Even including just a few of these habits into your routine will have you well on your way to a healthy, happy 2017!

By Steph Davidson| December 31, 2016
Categories:  Restore

About the Author

Steph Davidson

Steph Davidson

Steph is a writer and editor with a love of tea, books, and horror movies. Steph grew up under the impression that most meals came out of a box and had to contain some sort of animal protein. When an interest in a more environmentally friendly way of living led to her vegetarianism in 2012, she decided to teach herself how to cook. You can catch her kitchen wins (and the occasional opportunity for improvement) on Instagram @_stephinitely_.


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