Happy New Year! I love time of year because it is a time for reflection, clean slates and continual improvement. Right now a lot of us are ready to kick our nutrition & fitness plan in to high gear, which is great but sometimes after a month or two into it we can find ourselves resorting to old habits or giving up. For the next 21 days we are going to focus on practicing good habits that will allow for us to keep our nutrition & fitness regimens year round. Part 1 of this 3 week blog series, will start with nutrition. After all, nutrition is 70%-80% of results. Here is this week’s 7 habits for lasting results:
You know how the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Make it a point every week to grocery shop and set aside time to prep your work lunches for the week, chop up veggies and pre-pack nuts and portable snacks. If you are on a budget and looking to cost effectively shop checkout my previous blog: Healthy Grocery Shopping On A Buget.
Make 80% of Your Meals (When You Can)
You would not only be amazed on how many calories you will save but also how much money you will save too! I travel a lot for work, so I recognize not every meal during the week can be one that you make but when you can, choose cooking over takeout.
If you are pinched for time checkout my blog: Healthy Dinners in Minutes.
Increase Vegetable Intake
Learn to love vegetables. They are packed with nutrients, fibers & can be very filling. They taste great roasted, grilled or raw (in some cases lol). I try to fill half my plate with veggies at each meal.
Increase Water & Tea Intake
First, a lot of times we think we are hungry, when actually we are just dehydrated. Not only does drinking water prevent us from overeating but it keeps us hydrated, flushes out toxins and is great for our skin, so drink up! Green Tea & Herbal Teas are also a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day and has a number of benefits.
Avoid “Fake” & “Diet” Food
Just say NO to fake & diet food. Your body doesn’t recognize it as food, making it hard on the digestive system. It is also packed with chemicals, which wreaks havoc on the body. The same goes for fake sugar.
I love my wine and wish I could have it every night in the quantity I like, but I can’t! I try to keep my wine to the weekends now or limit it to one small glass during the week if I am at an event or function.
Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals does not help you get closer to your weight loss goals, but rather slows your progress down as well as your metabolism.