With the new year's arrival, many of us are expectedly contemplating ways in which to better ourselves for next 12 months. That's good. But while ambition for betterment is undoubtedly the place to start, it's essential that we don't overwhelm ourselves with change. For shifts in behavior to stick – ultimately morphing into habits – a progressive, thoughtful approach will certainly yield the greatest long-term outcome.
I'm pleased to say, however, that changes don't have to be major to deliver meaningful results. In fact, several small, seemingly unimportant shifts can actually lead to lasting life-improving gains.
Coming at it in the same fashion I would approach athletic training, dietary shifts are best done in small increments, which compile to produce significant results. Here are six small shifts I recommend.
Add more greens to your diet.
Greens such as spinach, kale, spirulina, broccoli, wheatgrass, and salad mixes are mineral-packed, and therefore are an essential food to be consumed daily, for peak health. Since minerals are lacking in most North Americans' diets, deficiency is common, and the result is inflammation and general fatigue.
Blending greens into a smoothie and including a green salad with dinner are easy fixes.
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