How many times have you heard “New Year, New Me” already this month? January 1st always comes with TONS of resolutions… it is a great time of year to reflect on the past and look into the future.
It’s also the time of year that lots of people want to start eating healthier & getting into shape… especially after all the holiday parties, indulging in food, and drinking. Not everything has to be about weight loss though, so what does “eating healthier” mean to you? Not sure where to start? Here are 3 easy steps to kickstart healthier eating in the next couple of weeks.
Do Meatless Monday
Nope, it doesn’t have to be Monday, but pick a day each week to pass on the meat, chicken or fish and swap it out for tofu, beans, or lentils. New to these plant-based proteins? A great place to start is to replace them with the meat in one of your go-to meals. For example, do you make chicken stir-fry often… instead, cube up tofu to add to the recipe. Or, does your family enjoy beef tacos once a week… how about making black bean tacos instead with all the typical fixings?
Drink More Water
Easier said than done, but drinking more water (at least half your body weight in ounces) helps in so many ways. It helps with hunger cues, digestion, and daily energy. So if you don’t have a water bottle yet, invest in one now! Keep it with you at all times, refill it several times a day & stay hydrated. Don’t enjoy plain water? Infuse with cucumber, berries, or lemon for a hint of natural flavor.
Pack Your Lunch for Work
It is easy to buy lunch every day, but meal prepping can be just as easy – and healthier too. Whether you work at home, in an office, or stay at home with the kids… anyone can benefit from meal prepping. Start by using your dinner leftovers for your lunches the next day. Think protein + starch + veggie to build a perfect combination. Don’t want to use leftovers? Pick one recipe a week to prepare at least 4-5 servings of so you are set for the entire work week. This is also a great place to sneak in plant-based proteins too.
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