HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Congratulations! We MADE IT! Yes, 2020 has been one for the record books but it’s time to brush ourselves off and reflect on everything we’re grateful for and then see where we can build a stronger foundation for ourselves and for others in this new world.
First, let’s focus on what we do have (not what we don’t have). Then focus on what you Do have control over NOT what you DON’T have control over. And what you do have control over is YOU! So let’s start there.
Let’s make this year better by making a commitment to ourselves to live a happier, healthier life. That starts with keeping our immune system running in optimal condition and that means getting active and fueling our bodies with the nutrients it needs.
I gotta tell you I have been doubling down and making for darn sure that I’m keeping up rather than trying to keep catching up. But if you haven’t been keeping up it’s not too late to reroute, restructure and repeat a well laid out sustainable plan.
Here’s what I know for sure…making healthy food choices can be a challenge and last year that challenge probably more than tripled because of the world crises that caused devastating effects on not only what and how much we eat but our mental and physical health overall.
To get you started on this journey here are my top four tips to help you make easier food choices.
1. Always Read The Nutrition Panel
Food companies know that we want to eat healthy food, so they make a lot of misleading claims on the box. The only way to really tell if something is truly healthy is to read the nutrition panel. You want foods that are high in vitamins and nutrients and low in sugar, unhealthy fats, and sodium. If you are on a mission to lose weight, you want the calories and carbs to be low and the protein to be high.
2. Avoid Heavily Processed Foods
To cut back on overly processed food, it is important to start slowly. Begin by supplementing meals with fresh foods and start cutting out sugar-sweetened beverages. Focus on drinking more water. When choosing grains, choose whole grains over the over-processed grains you may typically buy.
Some heavily processed food that is best to avoid are flavored nuts, microwave popcorn, fruit snacks, breakfast cereals, bacon, sausage, and any microwaveable or ready to eat meals packed full of sodium.
3. Substitute! Substitute! Substitute!
Eating right is not an either or situation. You don’t have to give anything up. Instead, substitute the unhealthiest ingredients in a dish, with a healthier ingredient. For example, if you’re trying to cut back on your carbs, you can have veggie spirals, shirataki noodles, or whole grain pasta instead of the standard noodles. If you’re trying to cut down on sugar, replace your favorite ice cream treat with a frozen smoothie instead. Some of the healthiest smoothies out there taste like milkshakes. Or, instead of pizza, try out pita pockets and pack it full of your favorite veggies.
4. Make a List
I also recommend that you make a list before shopping and never shop while you are hungry. When you don’t have a list, you are more likely to start impulse shopping, which can leave you with unhealthy items you might not have otherwise thrown in the cart. Stick to your list, and you will find that while making healthier food choices, you will also save some money because there is no impulse buying.
These tips are super easy and will help get you on track to make smarter and healthier nutrition choices. After everything that’s happened this year, you deserve to really care for yourself in 2021.
Ask yourself these questions and make a list…
- What have you done this last year 2020 to put more of a focus and emphasis on your health?
- What are your plans for 2021?
Let’s kickstart the new year and start by making healthier food choices, finding an exercise program that you can get excited about and treating our bodies with love.
As we slowly start to filter back into society, it is important to make healthier choices all around while not letting our guard down.
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My Fav Quote This Month –
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” – Melody Beattie