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.
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.
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.
- Should be mostly fruit/ veg, small amount of protein, and small amount of carbs.
- 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)
- 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)
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.
What Are Some Of Your Favorite Healthy Eats?