Accomplishing an "Eat Healthier" New Year's Resolution

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Accomplishing an "Eat Healthier" New Year's Resolution

Posted on 11th Jan 2019

It is 2019, a new year, which means you have a reason to REALLY TRY and make positive changes in your life. You may have many goals already, and we can guess that one of them includes eating healthier than you did the year before. Whether this is a goal of yours or not, we want to provide you with ideas on how to TRULY accomplish it. Let’s dive into some reasons that you can succeed without putting the foods you enjoy aside.

 

1. Find An Interest & Pursue It

 

When trying to eat healthy, there are many factors that come into play: Grocery shopping, dining out, cooking, and of course, actually tasting of the food. Ask yourself what aspects of healthy eating you enjoy and what you don’t enjoy to see what can engage you. Do you hate grocery shopping? Do you like reading cookbooks? Do you hate spinach? Do you like experimenting with new foods? Do you hate cooking alone? By asking yourself questions like these, you learn more about yourself and figure out the best way you can improve your eating habits. If you don’t enjoy something, avoid it! If you find yourself enjoying something, pursue it! Don’t see the task of eating healthy as work, but as an interesting and enjoyable challenge. This is the key to staying on track.

 

2. There Are Many Options For You To Choose From 

 

A new year brings new ideas, new inventions and new options. There is no need to force yourself to eat foods you don’t like when there are other options at your disposal.

 

Grocery Shopping

  • Specialty grocery stores like Whole FoodsÒ, WegmansÒ and Trader Joe’sÒ can be an exciting adventure with all they have to offer. Try shopping at places like these over your traditional, nearby neighborhood supermarket to make the process of grocery shopping feel like less of a hassle.

  • Farmers Markets offer fresh and low-budget choices.

  • Make grocery shopping an outing with the family.

  • Sticking to a list so that you can go in & get out minimizes the time you spend in a store.

 

There Are Many Ways To Eat “One” Food

  • Want to cut back on carbs? Substitute with chickpea pasta, lentil pasta, quinoa or spaghetti squash for white pasta.

  • Can’t stay away for pizza? Try a homemade whole wheat or cauliflower crust as a healthier dough alternative

  • Have no time to sit down and eat your favorite fruits in the morning? Turn them into grab & go smoothies.

 

Eating Out

  • If you are craving a food that is not the healthiest, make at least ONE substitution to the meal to make it healthier, whether it be brown instead of white rice, a healthy side, adding a lean protein or drinking water over soda.

  • Ask for sauces and dressings on the side.

  • Ask about low-calorie and low-sodium options.

  • Give yourself a bit of a larger budget. More times than not, healthier foods are more expensive. Feed your body better ingredients.

  • Treat yourself on Fridays for packing your own lunches during the week.

 

Cooking

  • What’s a great way to improve the flavor of a food you don’t enjoy? Add SPICE! Suggestions: Oregano, Italian Seasoning, Cumin, Paprika, Nutritional Yeast, Turmeric, Basil, Parsley… There won’t be a need for salt after these!

  • Olive, canola or avocado oil > butter/margarine always!

  • Don’t like baked sweet potato? Try chopping it up, drizzling olive oil, mixing in your favorite spices (cinnamon, Italian seasoning) and baking it in the oven for a sweet treat.

  • Don’t like boiled Brussel sprouts? Try broiling them in the oven for a crunchy outside and a more firm inside. Optional: Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkle goat cheese crumbs for a tasty side dish.

  • Don’t like salads? Make half & half bowls with quinoa or brown rice and lettuce topped with your favorite toppings! There won’t be a need for dressing when you’re done with your masterpiece. Ideas: Corn, carrot shavings, avocado, black beans, feta, grilled chicken or salmon, cucumber, grilled mushrooms and bell peppers, chickpeas, etc.

 

3. Reach Out To Others For Suggestions

 

One reason eating healthy is hard for many people is that they may not know where to start or what to do if they hit a road block. An easy solution to this problem is to reach out to friends, family, peers, experts, social media influencers... There are many outlets that can provide you with cooking tips, recipes, foods suggestions you would have never thought to try, instructional videos, delicious restaurants and more. Don’t think that this is something you need to figure out alone.

 

4. Wellness Dieting

 

Many people hear the words “healthy eating” and think that they will have to stop enjoying the foods they like permanently, but this is not the case. Food Fitness First, IncÒ is about improving health, not losing weight. We have many clients with various dietary restrictions, but this does not mean they are eating salads and celery all day! All it means is that they are aware of what they are putting into their bodies, making smarter choices and limiting the foods that don’t contribute to their health. So, your new year’s resolution doesn’t need to exclude indulgences, like a glass of wine or chocolate, it just needs to demonstrate that you are acting with healthier intentions than you did before.

 

*If you struggle with a chronic disease/specific dietary restriction or just want help with your new year’s resolution, send us a message on our contact page and we will be glad to get back to you.

 

By: Olivia Tompkins


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