As the end of January is approaching, several people might be struggling to keep up with some of their new year goals. You might have started 2017 with great intentions, but as the weeks go by life happens, and it can be difficult to stick with some of your goals.
One of the most popular new year goals is to eat healthier. With one month almost down in 2017, I thought it would be appropriate to share some tips for continuing to eat healthy throughout the year.
1. Eat More Veggies
Eat more veggies. Super simple and very effective. Vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and tons of other nutrients that our body needs. Try filling half your plate with veggies. Try a different color veggie each meal. Maybe spinach for breakfast, sweet potato for lunch and broccoli for dinner. The more you try, the easier it will become!
2. Eat Healthy Fats
Fat can be good! Dietary fats provide energy, provide essential fatty acids, form our cell membranes, brain and nervous system, manufacture and form our hormones, and help transport fat soluble vitamins. Your body needs healthy fats! Try adding coconut oil and/or grass fed butter to coffee, cook with quality oils (olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil), eat avocado, use full fat coconut milk.
3. Cut the Processed Foods
My favorite! Most packaged foods are highly processed. The more processed a food is, the less nutrient dense it becomes. Try to limit your processed pantry staples and make healthier alternatives. Try vegetable noodles out instead of regular pasta. Make a protein bar or ball, instead of buying a packaged option at the store.
4. Eat Real Food
This goes along with number 3. Just eat real food! Real, whole, nutrient dense food. That means veggies, meat, fats, complex carbs. That also means cutting out processed foods – see how some of these go hand in hand. If you eat real food, you’ll cut out the processed foods. And if you eat veggies, you’re checking another thing off the list. It’s a win-win. Try to shop the perimeter at the grocery store. Start in the produce section, move to meats, and continue around.
5. Food Prep
Food Prep saves my life. If you are prepared, it’s going to be a heck of a lot easier to make smart, healthy choices. Food prep can be super simple or super complicated. You should find what works for you. Try to find a few recipes on Pinterest that you want to make. Write out the ingredients. Pick a day to grocery shop. Pick a day where you can dedicate 1 – 3 hours to prepping meals for the week. Prep. Save time throughout the week!
Trying to do all the things, all at once is not always the best option. Keep in mind, that it is a journey. You don’t have to master healthy eating in 1 week. Don’t be discouraged if it takes time. Better to start small than not start at all.
Which eating healthier tip is your favorite?