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How To Start Healthy Eating Habits

How To Start Healthy Eating Habits

Happy New Year, my Wild Pretty Things!

 

I hope that the first few days of 2018 have been nothing less then perfection for each and every one of you. If you missed my first post of the year (You can find it HERE) then you missed the unveiling of my 2018 year theme. To catch everyone up, instead of a new years resolution, I choose a year theme for the year to come. It’s a mantra, of sorts, meant to help push myself to try new things, make better decisions, and to sculpt new behaviors throughout the year. One of the aspects in my life that can always use some time for reflection is my diet and healthy eating habits.

Last year, I allowed myself many  liberties as far as my eating habits are concerned. For 2018, I wanted to really focus  on getting back to eating a clean diet and remove the excuses I used to eat poorly over the last year.  I was raised in a Sicilian family that very much valued food and used it as an expression of love. I was a chubby kid until I started learning to think of food as energy, rather then a pass time activity, and to learn about what foods are best for your body. This post is a summary of what I have found, what has worked for me, and what I genuinely liked. My hope are that this post will be the perfect starting point for anyone who is looking to begin eating healthy in the new year. I am by no means a nutritionist and anyone looking to drastically change their diet should consult a doctor before beginning a new eating regime.

 

 

 

Start Here:

When Starting a clean eating diet, I have found its easier to think of my goals on a month-to-month basis. What I mean by that is, yes- I want to eat clean the entire year, but a year is a long time and thinking about such a long goal can leave lots of room for slip ups. When I start eating healthy I like to think to myself, “This month I am going to really focus on only eating clean & healthy meals”. For me, a month of clean eating is a realistic goal. For some of you that might be still too difficult and you might want to try and start with a week and then move to two weeks. The important part about this tip is that the goal should be realistic for what you can handle.  Accomplishing that first small goal can mean the difference between another new years resolution fail and the start of a new life.

You want to build up to where you can maintain a healthy diet for at least a month. There has been tons of research done that shows that within a months time a person begins to develop a habit – This is what we are all striving for PEOPLE. Once the habits are in place, it becomes so much easier to live your life without having to look over a menu a million times to figure out what is the healthiest option.

 

 

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Healthy Eating Tips:

  • There is no good fast food – Don’t even think of it as an option.
  • Keep fruit & granola bars on you at all times (I love those cuties tangerines!)
  • Keep an eye on condiment use. (Coffee drinkers – cut the amount of sugar you take in half or, better yet, don’t use any at all)
  • Healthy eating means drinking lots of water too. Keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times – This will encourage you to drink more water and it’s environmentally friendly.
  • Drink a full glass of water before snacking. Most of time when  you feel hungry and snack out your body is actually just thirsty.
  •  Breakfast
    • Should be mostly fruit/ veg, small amount of protein, and small amount of carbs.
  • Lunch
    • Always opt for a salad with lots of veggies, small portion protein, and low calorie dressing. (Dressing can be SUPER high in calories – If you don’t know the calories in the dressing then always go for the balsamic & oil olive dressing)
  • Dinner
    • Should be mostly vegetables, small amount of protein, and small amount of carbs.
  • Meal Prep for work/school.
  • How much protein you should eat/day can be calculated by multiplying your body weight by .5 if you aren’t really active and by .7 if you are regularly active.
  • Watch clean cooking videos and find recipes.
  • Cheat meal means just that – No cheat day! (Try to keep this meal still as clean as you can)

 

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Meal Plan:

 

1 week meal plan healthy eating

 

 

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Fast & Easy:

Most people reading this will either head to work or school each morning- Meaning that healthy & tasty meals need to be fast and easy as much as possible. I decided to create Pinterest boards that are loaded with tons of options that are easy to prepare for breakfast, lunch, dinner,  or snack & to meal prep for the week. Make sure to follow all of my boards on Pinterest so you see the latest additions. I will be adding new recipes on a regular basis.

Simple Swaps:

 

Healthy Swaps

 

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Healthy Eats?

XO, Ramsey

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20 Comments

  • Reply rdaumit

    Great info here! A bright fresh outlook on a healthy lifestyle. I will follow your posts. Hope you like mine at Whisk and Dine

    January 5, 2018 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply emzynelson

    Great tips! My favourite health snacks is frooze balls, they are delicious!

    January 7, 2018 at 12:16 am
    • Reply admin

      I’ve never heard of that. What is a frozen ball made out of?

      January 7, 2018 at 9:07 am
      • Reply emzynelson

        Oh frooze balls are made out of dates and nuts/seeds blended together in a food processor and rolled in coconut to made these little healthy treats

        January 7, 2018 at 11:05 am
        • Reply admin

          These sound like the most amazing thing ever! That’s an amazing healthy snack that you would actually lol forward to eating. I think that’s the hardest part about starting to eat healthy – you think it means eating boring/bland food. If you find stuff to make like those then it’s more exciting to eat clean. Thanks for sharing that! I am totally making them ?

          January 7, 2018 at 11:27 am
          • emzynelson

            Awesome yes I highly recommend and there are so many delicious recipes online ☺️?

            January 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply zeolinikki

    Great advice to start the new year. Thanks!

    January 9, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    • Reply admin

      You’re very welcome! Starting is the hardest part. On Friday I’m releasing how to start a workout routine, in case that was your resolution

      January 9, 2018 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Twinkletoes

    Thanks. Sometimes, especially in January, we just need a little cheering section to encourage better habits. I liked your good ideas.

    January 15, 2018 at 10:12 am
  • Reply CoffeeGlam

    You gave some great ideas!
    Thanks 🙂 keep up the good work

    January 17, 2018 at 11:37 am
    • Reply admin

      Thanks so much – That means a lot to me ? Followed you back! Can’t wait to see what you create

      January 17, 2018 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Josephine Nagi

    Thanks…I really need this food diet plan!!

    January 23, 2018 at 2:39 am
    • Reply admin

      You’re very welcome! I love seeing other people’s eating plans too. It can be so hard to figure out what to meal prep

      January 23, 2018 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Ms Coffee and Cream

    I love your healthy eating tips SO much!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!! Clean eating is so important and has totally changed my life and energy levels!

    YUM!

    xoxo

    Asha

    https://mscoffeeandcream.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/qa-fashion-inspiration-photography-posing-and-more/

    February 1, 2018 at 8:52 am
    • Reply admin

      I’ve had a similar experience- it’s confused Leroy life changing! I’m glad you have found a healthy life style- keep up the good work!

      February 1, 2018 at 8:56 am
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