Eating healthier is one of the top New Year’s resolutions on everybody’s list. So, today we are going to focus on ways to make that resolution stick! Here are our best tips on how to begin and maintain a healthy eating lifestyle!
BEFORE YOU BEGIN...
Before you start on your health food journey you should know what “healthy foods” are. The best foods for your body are natural foods such as fruits, veggies, meat, and limited natural sugars (honey, maple syrup) and grains. You should eliminate as much processed food as you can, and avoid products with MSG, carrageenan, or sulfites. Throw away all processed food when beginning your journey so you have no temptations!
Junk food and desserts should not be a common staple in your diet, treating yourself once and awhile is OK and good for your mental health. Treat yourself as a reward for finishing a big project or reaching a new goal; it should be a positive reinforcement. Never treat yourself when having a bad day or for a negative circumstance.
- Eat organically
- Eat grass-fed and cage free meat/eggs/dairy
- Buy locally from farms or markets (fresh food is good food!)
- Meal plan for the week and stick to it
- Meal prep
- Always have chopped veggies and fresh fruit to snack on
- Cook from scratch
- Make bone broth and keep it in the freezer for quick soups or when needed in recipes
- Invest in a few good kitchen tools (crockpot, blender, cast iron pan, veggie noodler, and knife sharpener)
- Buy a few cookbooks and learn a few staple dishes
- Make your own salad dressings and condiments (it’s easier than you think!)
- Don’t be afraid to try new food
- Learn some easy food substitutes such as coco aminos for soy sauce, olive oil for butter, zoodles or spaghetti squash for pasta, and seltzer for soda
- Eat protein with every meal so you stay fuller longer
- Use nuts instead of croutons in salads
- Eat correct portion sizes
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit your juice intake, and replace juice with water infused with citrus, herbs, and fruit.
- If you are craving something sweet eat fruit, coconut, or even pickles (yes, pickles!) instead
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Stock up your spice cabinet. It is the best way to add flavor to your food with fewer calories.
- Learn to say no to fast food or any bad foods
- Limit your sodium intake
- Stock your freezer with frozen fruit and veggies! It’s great for smoothies, oatmeal, and even cooking!
- Stock your pantry with canned fruits and veggies, as long as it is canned in its natural juices or water
- Try to eat fish 2-3 times a week for an easy way to add omega-3 to your diet
- Learn how to read nutrition labels
- Use fresh herbs