Here are my “Six Super Simple Ways to Eat Better”
The holidays are over and the new year is among us — a special and exciting time where we make ambitious plans for our next twelve months and dream of the possibilities. The most popular resolution is improving health, and we usually are quite ready after the holidays. As tasty as the holiday tidings are, they leave us feeling a little less on track with our goals than we’d like.
Those new healthy resolutions don’t have to be complicated, and they don’t have to end before February even arrives. In my opinion, the key to looking and feeling your best is to keep it uncomplicated and simply focus on clean eating. For those of you that have followed me for awhile know that I do not like to complicate things. The more complicated the less I am interested. In case you’ve heard the term “clean eating” but haven’t quite understood what it means — clean eating ( in my humble opinion ) is all about consuming healthy, whole foods and cutting out the processed junk. This word is really all the buzz and I have seen some wild explanations on what it means and some of them make me quiver in my boots. Whether you’re ready to jumpstart your clean eating now or you’re wondering what it takes to get started, I have got super-simple steps for a no-fail progression into clean eating that I hope you enjoy. They have worked for me as well as many of my clients.
- Focus on your inner motivation
Whether you’re determined to race in the Boston Marathon next year, or you have seen first-hand the damages done by not eating well through relatives or friends that have suffered as a result of their eating habits. Whatever it is that is motivating you to eat clean, bring it into your direct focus so you will be more successful in sticking to your clean eating plan.
- Reevaluate what you’re currently eating
Before you begin your clean eating journey, it helps to journal about what you’re eating before beginning. This way, you can truly see what it is you’re eating and look for patterns. After the stressful end of your work week, you might notice you’re more prone to ordering pizza and by writing your food intake down you can take steps to head that off at the pass rather than fall into the same pitfall time and time again. In addition, anytime I have a new client start with me I always ask them to clean out their pantry. Ditch the temptations. “Most” of us are not that desperate that we would head to the grocery store to get that chocolate cake. If it is not in site chances are it won’t make it to your mouth 🙂
- Set realistic, measurable and specific goals
When people make changes to things in their lives such as a change to their eating habits, they can set themselves up for significant failures if they don’t take it step by step. That means that if you want to be successful in the long-term, you should tackle one or two new things every 1-2 weeks, so you have a better chance of sticking to it. Don’t just say you’ll stop eating desserts forever. Instead, set a goal of only eating one small dessert per week, and go from there to decrease it further. It’s realistic, measurable and very specific.
- Clean out your pantry
In addition to just ditching the icky food in your pantry take some time to look at the labels. Sadly, most American pantries are filled with processed foods. A good rule of thumb is to cut out anything that contains more than five ingredients on the label. If you have a lot of unopened items, donate them to a shelter. Check those expiration dates while you are there. I am not sure how it happens but every year I find expired food in my dang pantry.
- Refocus your grocery shopping strategy
We’re creatures of habit, every one of us. When we go to the supermarket, we usually follow the same path every time. Shake things up and head straight for the produce section. You really should be avoiding almost all of the middle aisles of your supermarket anyway because that’s where those processed food pitfalls lurk! Those marketers are very clever, those outer aisles are filled with processed crud. Try and challenge yourself to really limit anything in a can or a box. It is kinda fun I promise. Somethings are necessary to be in a cartoon or box, just watch those ingredients. Nothing more than 5 ok?
- Master meal prep
One of the easiest ways to dive right into clean eating is to prep your meals. You’ll find tons of healthy meal prep plans online that even give you shopping lists to use. If time is a factor, look for crockpot recipes that require you to dump in the whole foods in the morning and come home to a hot, delicious, clean and healthy meal every night! If you are interested in jump starting your new year off with some good clean grain free food then consider joining my Grain Free Detox Program. Also, make sure you sign up for one of my freebie eBooks on my site so you can be put on my mailing list. I am doing a FREE crockpot challenge at the end of January 🙂
As you can tell, it only takes small changes over time to create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. I’m here to cheer you on every step of the way, Contact me and let me know how you are feeling, and what you’d like to accomplish as your first step. I’d love to hear your plans. AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!