While the rest of the world is piling on the calories, HuffPost UK Lifestyle has been mulling over the coming health fest post-Christmas.
(Well someone's got to.)
From quitting smoking to joining the gym, the New Year is associated with new beginnings and if you're already feeling that January can't come soon enough, here's some inspiration.
In order to kick-start her own system, HuffPost blogger Leslie Goldman recently turned to David Grotto and his healthy eating book "Best Food You Can Eat" to pull together the top healthy foods in 2013.
Will you be eating these foods next year? Let us know in the comments below.
"There's no better iron-rich food," says David Grotto. "The liver gurus I've talked to recommend soaking it overnight in milk to break down some of the fibrous and protein tissues and take away that 'off' flavour. Maybe dredge it in cornmeal or flour and lightly pan-fry it, then pair it with grilled onions."
Beans: Helping The Train Leave The Station Since 200 BC
The musical fruit <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Heart_Letter/2009/October/11-foods-that-lower-cholesterol" target="_hplink">soaks up cholesterol</a>, keeps <a href="http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/diabetes/12-powerfoods.php" target="_hplink">blood sugar levels</a> stable, promotes heart health and "helps the train leave the station." (i.e., <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-health-benefits-11/fiber-digestion" target="_hplink">promotes regularity</a>.) Insoluble fiber <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12570825" target="_hplink">also produces</a> a short-chain fatty acid that may help fight off colon cancer, a leading <a href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-key-statistics" target="_hplink">cancer killer</a>. Your 2013 goal: a half-cup. "I am convinced that if everyone ate a half-cup of beans everyday, we'd have less obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer," Grotto says. Prevent gassiness by rinsing canned beans to eliminate the indigestible carbs that leak into the fluid. Then, try Grotto's slow-and-steady introduction technique: Add one tablespoon of beans to your favorite dish (omelets, salads, pasta, rice) every day for a week; the next week, up it to two spoons, eventually making your way to a half-cup -- or eight tablespoons -- a day. "Or just get a bunch of friends together to eat them because then, who cares if you're gassy?"
Chicken: The Sleepier White Meat
"A lot of people think the reason we get sleepy after a big Thanksgiving Day meal is because of the tryptophan," Grotto says, "but it's more about food and calorie overload." Then, as many of us recently experienced late last month after T-Day dinner, gorging late at night <a href="http://women.webmd.com/guide/insomnia-tips" target="_hplink">wrecks your sleep</a>, as a bursting stomach reduces restful REM sleep. A smarter option for those looking to nab some peaceful zzzs? Chicken has more melatonin -- a hormone that helps set your body clock -- per ounce than turkey, making it the sleepier white meat. (Other <a href="http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2011/05/afternoon-snack-these-melatoni.html" target="_hplink">melatonin-rich foods</a> include dried cherries, fish, lettuce, milk, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.) Grotto advises combining any of these with carbs, which produce the feel-food chemical serotonin that helps make you feel drowsy. If you're fresh out of chicken, try a bowl of cereal with skim milk topped with dried cherries and walnuts an hour before bedtime.
Coffee: Take Two Lattes And Call Me In The Morning
New research shows that your morning cuppa may <a href="http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20120607/coffee-may-help-turn-tide-on-alzheimers-disease" target="_hplink">help boost memory</a>. (The caffeine is thought to be at play, which means green tea and espresso may also help you remember where you put your keys.) Decaf coffee may also help manage <a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/coffee-new-health-food" target="_hplink">diabetes</a>, lower your risk of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/coffee-health-benefits_n_1064577.html#slide=440650" target="_hplink">depression</a> and ward off <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/coffee-health-benefits_n_1064577.html#slide=440651 " target="_hplink">skin cancer</a>. Hold on to your receipt for your <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-7-dollar-starbucks-finca-palmilera-20121128,0,7281217.story" target="_hplink">$7 Starbucks</a> Costa Rica Finca Palmilera and submit it to your health insurance company for possible reimbursement.
Concord Grapes: No Need To Wine
Pop these juicy morsels for little bursts of memory- and cognition-enhancing power. Just like wine, grape skins contain heart-healthy polyphenols like resveratrol which may help reduce inflammation, which is tied to arthritis, heart disease, memory loss, obesity and more. You can enjoy your nightly glass of wine or just steal some of your kid's Welch's.
"The Best Things You Can Eat: For Everything From Aches to Zzzz, the Definitive Guide to the Nutrition-Packed Foods That Energize, Heal, and Help You Look Great" by David Grotto is available to buy here