As they say: New year, new you. Now, we don't really buy into it. You can literally be whatever you want to be so long as you put your mind to it.
But, of course, we also understand why the new year is a great time to get going. It's a mental thing, turning a new leaf at the start of a new year. There's a lot of "new" there, and for many, it works.
So if you're there right now, start 2016 right with these healthy eating new year's resolutions.
Happy new year!
1. Drink more water
This is one of those "duh" ones, and it's also an incredibly popular resolution for many, but it's popular for a reason: people have a hard time sticking to it. So, here are some tips:
- Get a bigger bottle and make it a challenge for yourself to finish at least one each day.
- Write yourself a little note—somewhere visible—so that you are always reminded of it.
- It sounds silly, but make it a competition with someone you see or speak with every day! He or she can be your accountabilibuddy.
2. Give yourself some space
So you're done your lunch, and you're already back at your desk. Or even worse—you had lunch at your desk. Not only has it been proven that such distracted and rushed eating can lead to indigestion, but honestly, it can also lead to unhappiness!
Give yourself a break. Try to eat somewhere other than your computer screen. If you really can't spare that time, then leave the office for a short 10-minute walk. It will do you wonders.
3. Eat slowly
Similar to the point above, make sure you're actually giving yourself the time to enjoy your meal. Savour it. Think about its flavors, its texture. Not only will that make you appreciate the food more, but your body will be able to digest it better.
4. Set yourself up
As in make sure you're stocked! Prepare meals in advance and freeze them, make little smoothie ziploc bags that you can blend in seconds... whatever it takes to cut that prep time down, and whatever it takes to remove those excuses you have about not having time to eat healthy.
5. Get some mason jars
Not only are they hip, but they are a great and attractive way for your salads, soups, and even oatmeal. Check out this yummy overnight oatmeal recipe that takes absolutely no time to prepare.
6. Consider these substitutes
Did you know that in most cases, you can sub butter or mayo with avocado? There are a number of healthier substitutes for any meal that you're making. Take a look at some of those subs in the awesome video below.
7. Know your portions
Do you know what 100 calories of blueberries looks like? What about almonds? Knowing these things (you know, portion control!) will help you snack smarter. Check out these handy charts that show you exactly what 100 calories of a variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts look like.
8. Opt for the healthier choice
Say you are stuck heading out for dinner tonight. It's a big birthday celebration, and you're going to the best Italian place in town. You're thinking, "heavy pasta with cheese and cream and meat!" which means your diet is going right down the toilet.
Think again. There are always healthier options at any restaurant. Maybe this time, you get something lighter than the carbonara. The point is to make better choices, even if you are confronted with seemingly unhealthy ones.
9. Try some smoothies
Smoothies are like your one-stop shop for your day's nutrients. And they're so easy to make, too! If you need an extra protein kick, just add a scoop of protein powder to make your smoothie a meal.
10. Grow your own greens
And, of course, one of the best ways to healthier is to grow your very own! Obvious? Maybe. But with an Urban Cultivator, you'll have access to fresh greens 365 days a year. Is there a better way to stick to a healthy diet? Probably not!
Got any new year resolutions and tips? Let us know in the comments section!