Just like that, the holidays have come and gone! It's that time again to set goals and focus on a new year! Maybe you still have some lingering sweets and treats around, but ready or not, it's time to incorporate the healthy stuff again. While it's definitely ok to indulge over the holidays, (I had my fair share of treats) it's time to get back on track with some healthy eating goals. Whether you are starting a cleanse, a new diet or just wanted to incorporate some healthy foods into your diet, read on for some tips to start the new year off in the healthiest way.
1) Start today
Even if you still have treats lingering around, start incorporating healthy items again like starting with a healthy breakfast. One of my favorites is chia seed pudding to boost health! Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein, minerals and antioxidants that promote heart health, strong bones and improve blood sugar. Routines get off track during the holidays, so beginning the day with a healthy breakfast is a good place to start. Read more about healthy breakfast ideas here.
2) Set goals
Be specific about what you want to achieve around healthy eating. Maybe you want to incorporate more greens or try more plant-based foods this year. What is one new habit you can incorporate every day? I love eating a salad daily. Salads are always a great way to get a lot of nutrients in! Check out my Eat the Rainbow Salad post for inspiration. Salads don't have to be boring! My salads are loaded with all of the essential nutrients. You can find more salad recipes here: www.lisacheplak.com/all-recipes/category/soups-salads
Review your specific dietary needs and goals to determine what your body needs.
3) Plan and prep
Stock your pantry and fridge with everything you need to make quick and easy meals. Meal planning can help keep you organized and on track. You can find some meal planning tips here.
4) Try new recipes
Pick up a new cookbook or browse some recipes online and try a new recipe once a week. Get the whole family involved and create healthy meals together. Find some tips on cooking with families in my post here.
5) Keep it colorful
I like to use the phrase "what can I eat today to boost my immune system". With every meal you eat, think about how it benefits your health. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, "Eat the Rainbow", provides essential nutrients to boost immunity.
6) Drink more water
Make sure to always stay hydrated. Water is the most essential nutrient your body needs. A few benefits of drinking water include: detoxifies and moves toxins through your body, hydrates your skin, aids in digestion, boosts your energy and can even elevate your mood. Don't love water? Try adding fresh lemon juice or doTERRA lemon essential oil. Find more about essential oils here.
7) Don't give up
If you keep running back to the sweets and goodies from the holidays, don't worry, you can always start over with the next meal you eat. Keeping a food log would be a good way to keep you track.
I hope these basic tips will help jump start a healthy year ahead for you and your family! Happy New Year!
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