The new year is all about starting a new, which means there's no better time than now to create some resolutions to help you live a better 2019.
We understand that resolutions can be hard to keep. Without the proper steps to achieve your goal, it can all come crumbling down in one fell swoop. One particularly difficult resolution to follow through with is eating better.
In school, we learned that it was best to KISS your goals, or to "Keep It Simple, Silly." So, we've set out some simple guidelines that can hopefully help you eat better in 2019. The goal isn't to deprive your body of good food; it's to change your relationship with food into a more sustainable, healthier one.
Here are eight ways to help you eat better, without sacrificing all the good flavours that fresh food has to offer.
1. Eat the rainbow.
You've been told this ever since you were in elementary school, but you know what? They were really onto something. By eating "every color of the rainbow," or making sure that you get a variety of vegetables and fruits, you're broadening your flavor spectrum as well. If health isn't your biggest motivator, then let fresh and flavorful produce be.
2. Can't pronounce it? Don't eat it.
Butylated hydroxyanisole. 1-methylcyclopropene. tert-Butylhydroquinone. If you don't recognize these things, that's because they aren't exactly things that naturally exist in your food, but often used in them. A good rule to abide by is that if you can't pronounce something in the ingredients of any given food item, just avoid it altogether. Your body will thank you for it.
3. Sample new recipes.
What's more exciting than delving into a new recipe that's full of potential? Try new cuisines, make things you never thought you could before, and you'll feel invincible in 2019.
4. Sneak that healthy stuff in.
It's okay not to like vegetables. A number of recipes out there aim to sneak that good stuff in so that you won't even taste it. Everything from drinking green smoothies to making chocolate pudding out of avocados count.
5. Don't skip breakfast.
Breakfast is important! You've probably heard this a million times before, but here it is one more time. Eating breakfast can help you lose weight, meet nutritional requirements, and give you more energy. There's no reason not to do it, and breakfast is easier to put together than you think.
6. Eat slowly and enjoy it.
Our society favors fast. We want everything quickly and we're always in a hurry. Let your meals be a moment where you can truly slow down so you can enjoy both your time and the food in front of you. Eating too quickly can also lead to indigestion, amongst other things. So be nice to your body and eat your meals slowly. You might even enjoy the flavours you taste.
7. Eat seasonally for the best food.
We're big proponents of eating seasonal food. Not only does it all taste better, but it's a much more sustainable way to interact with the ecosystem. Support your local farmers markets for the best, freshest, and most flavorful produce.
8. Grow your own food.
One way to ensure that you're going to get the best food? Grow your own! Urban Cultivator appliances ensure that you can grow food year-round, no problem.
It's a new year, so there's no better time to adopt new and better habits than now.
Do you have any tips on how to eat better? What are your resolutions this year? Let us know in the comments section!