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How to make 2014 a healthy year

A few changes in your diet can go a long way in making 2014 a healthy and happy year for you. Simple and do-able, you can include these habits in your life right now.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 07, 2014 17:40 IST
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A new year calls for some new and healthy habits. It's the start of 2014 and by making a few diet changes; you can go a long way in improving your health.

From detaching yourself from tea or coffee to drinking plenty of water, you can try a few things to achieve that glow on your face.

According to nutritionist Ilona Wesle, detoxing has many benefits. It can enhance your energy levels, aid weight loss, clear the skin and improve digestion.

Here are tips to make you healthy.

* Avoid black tea, coffee and alcohol. Instead drink herbal tea, for example nettle is great at supporting the kidneys.

* Drink at least 1 liter of water per day. Keep a bottle by your desk and sip regularly.

* Drink fresh juices, for instance carrot, beetroot, apple and cucumber as they are fantastically nourishing and cleansing.

* Avoid processed foods, for instance ready meals, savoury snacks and biscuits. Instead eat food in its natural state. Cook it by steaming, lightly boiling or poaching - this way you will keep most of the goodness in the food (and retain the full flavour).

* Choose organic food in order to minimise your intake of toxic pesticides. Even if you can't make every item organic, do the best you can - it will make a difference.

* Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. At lunchtime and for dinner, aim to cover at least 60% of your plate with vegetables and eat as much variety as possible.

* Reduce your consumption of animal products. Avoid dairy and replace milk with soya or nut milks. Lentils, beans, quinoa, seeds and nuts are good protein alternatives.

First Published: Jan 07, 2014 17:23 IST