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25 realistic ways on how to improve your diet in 2013

Many New Year’s resolutions fail because they’re too vague or too drastic. This year, instead of just promising yourself to be “healthier” or “lose weight,” make a commitment to a healthier you by sticking to one of these 25 ways to give your eating habits a fresh (and attainable) makeover.

1. Swap most of your grains for whole grains.

1. Swap most of your grains for whole grains.

Whole grains contain more good-for-you nutrients since they haven’t had their bran and germ removed through processing. A diet high in whole grains is associated with better weight management and has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer. Plus, all that fiber helps keep you regular and is associated with lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol.

If you’re not sure how to identify which products contain whole grains, check out our guide to navigating the bread aisle for better insight. Another helpful tip: Look for the white whole-grain checkmark on cereal boxes to ensure you’re buying a cereal that contains more whole grains than any other single ingredient.

2. Drink more water.

2. Drink more water.

It doesn’t have to be eight glasses a day. Just drink more than you’re drinking now, and choose water over sodas and other beverages more frequently. Not only will it help you stay hydrated and healthy, but it can also help you feel full more often. Feel like snacking? Try drinking a glass of water instead.

We understand if you feel like water is boring, but it doesn’t have to be! Make it more exciting with these nine tips.

3. Start actually following the MyPlate rule and make 50% of each meal fruits and vegetables.

3. Start actually following the MyPlate rule and make 50% of each meal fruits and vegetables.

Don’t panic. It’s not as difficult as you would imagine. Check out our guide to getting the recommended amount of fruits and veggies. (Spoiler alert: It does not involve shoveling ridiculous amounts of raw veggies down your throat every day.)

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