It's that time again: the new year has begun and we all have high hopes for the months to come. People around the world are planning their new year's resolutions, from quitting smoking to getting out of debt. If eating healthier is on your 2018 agenda, lay the foundation for success with these 8 tips.
Meal prep for the week. The benefits of meal planning cannot be overemphasized. Preparing nightly dinners can be exhausting and time-consuming, and leaving it until the end of the day might have you frazzled and settling for something unhealthy and convenient. Do your chopping and dicing on the weekends and store ingredients until it's time to cook. Make sure to pick your recipes ahead of time and buy your groceries accordingly, considering the nights you'll have delicious leftovers.
Find favorite recipes. Don't burn out on grilled chicken and broccoli: add variety and color to your diet and get creative. Find new recipes online and experiment with healthy vegetables and new techniques. Once you've discovered a few favorite recipes, put them in rotation so you'll be an expert at those dishes and cooking won't feel like such work. Plus you'll get to look forward to the meals that you know will be delicious. Once you've got your mainstays, just remember to throw in a new recipe once in awhile to keep things exciting.
When possible, eat local and seasonal. There are natural reasons humans want to eat what is in season and health benefits of following the calendar when it comes to produce. Go to your local farmers market and get the best of what your area has to offer. Support your neighbors and enjoy fresh ingredients, rich in nutrients and flavor. The more delicious fruits and vegetables you discover and add to your diet, the more you'll crave what's best for you.
Avoid eating out. Though there are many healthy options to choose from at restaurants these days, cooking at home is going to increase your chances of sticking to your healthy eating plans. Take control of your diet, the ingredients that are being used to cook your food, and the portion sizes. Avoid the temptation of the unhealthy menu choices, and remember: sometimes the salad is the highest calorie item on the menu.
Remember healthy fats and protein. Get your fill of healthy fats like those in nuts, olives, fish, avocado, and seeds. Eat healthy proteins like turkey and bison meat. These are the foods that will sustain you for hours and help curb unhealthy cravings during the day.
Always keep healthy snacks with you. It is highly likely you'll find yourself out and about and in need of some healthy food options. When we aren't prepared, we often settle for processed junk food or fast food to hold us over. Keep some nutritious snacks with you at all times for when hunger strikes.
Don't skip breakfast. For years we have known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet many of us wake up late and rush out the door without giving it a thought. Be sure to start your day with a healthy and filling meal to get your brain and your metabolism working. If you aren't hungry in the morning, starting a new breakfast routine will get your body accustomed to this new way of operating. Try this delicious Shakshuka with Bison breakfast recipe and start your day off right.
Drink plenty of water. The health benefits to drinking water are endless, and when it comes to eating healthy, water is a great tool as it flushes out your system and helps maintain a healthy metabolism.
- The Turtle Valley Bison Co. Family