If eating healthy and learning how to properly fuel your body seems like a distant dream, we’ve got great news: this is the perfect time to turn that dream into a reality, because January is all about the reset. Even if you resolved to eat better this year and fell off track (french fries with ranch on the side, anyone?), there’s still plenty of time to Do You in 2016 and eat your way to a more confident, energetic and healthier you.
Try these 6 things you can do right now to start eating healthier. You got this!
1. Make a Small Change Every Week
It’s a commendable thought, but going from zero to 100 is very hard to sustain with any major lifestyle change, and diet is no exception. Trying to change everything all at once will most likely leave you overwhelmed, hangry, and grabbing the first edible thing you see–nutritional value be damned. Instead of trying to do it all at once, pick one thing to change every week. How about starting by cutting out all soda or refined carbs or swapping out that daily cookie for a decadent piece of dark chocolate?
2. Have a better breakfast
If you skip breakfast or tend to grab something quick (and unhealthy) on your way into the office, nip that habit in the bud asap. If you’re mornings are too crazy, prep your breakfast the night before so you can still get up and go. Get started with this super-powered (and super simple) chia breakfast bowl or try making these breakfast cookies tonight.
3. Set up your kitchen to reinforce healthy eating habits
Take a good look at what’s in your fridge, freezer, cabinets, pantry and what’s on the counters, and say “bye, girl” to all the stuff that doesn’t serve you. Heather Crosby, the founder of YumUniverse, also suggests keeping sugary and salty foods out of your house. Learn more about how to set up a healthy kitchen that won’t sabotage your diet from one of our previous blog posts here.
4. Plan your meals for the week
Eating healthy and planning ahead go hand in hand like kale and quinoa. Set yourself up for success by keeping healthy snacks in your home, at work, and in your gym bag. Plan meals and a weekly grocery trip to ensure you’ve got everything you need to make healthy food at home. Set aside some time on Sunday to prep for the week ahead – make a big batch of grains or beans, prep veggies, make salad dressings and healthier sauces, etc. so you have good food to make or take with you.
5. Keep track of everything you eat
People who keep a food diary are 50% more likely to successfully lose weight. That’s pretty impressive, and after using the journal in the Mira app to log what we ate, we totally understand why. Simply knowing that you have to take a pic or write down everything you eat is the perfect serving of mindfulness to make you pause and think – is it really worth it?
6. Find your food clique
If your inner circle doesn’t support your renewed commitment to your health, it can be hard to stay motivated. Don’t be afraid to use the world wide web (that’s the internet) to educate yourself on the latest super foods and healthier alternatives, and to find your food clique. Get started with a respected source to find tons of recipes, nutrition facts, and plain old positivity around eating healthy. We’re fans of nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner, plant-based coach Heather Crosby of YumUniverse, and natural foods chef Amanda Skrip, to name a few.
Just think of all the benefits you’ll reap from eating healthier: more energy, higher productivity, glowing skin, feeling and staying healthy…the list is endless. (We promise!)
Do YOU 2016!