Staying on Track with Healthy Eating Resolutions
Healthy eating resolutions are some of the most commonly set New Year’s goals. But if you vowed to eat better in 2014, you’re probably discovering that February is a tough month to stay healthy! Between cold-weather comfort food cravings and Valentine’s Day candy sales, healthy eating can be difficult this time of year.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make sure you’re sticking to your healthy eating resolutions this winter. Follow these tips to stay healthy, satisfied and on track with your goals:
1.) Try new foods - Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring—winter is the perfect time of year to experiment with seasonal fruits and vegetables that peak in cold weather. Produce like Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, fennel and clementines are all good for you and best during the winter
2.) Plan ahead - Planning your meals for the week in advance is one of the best ways to maintain healthy eating habits. When you know what you’ll be eating ahead of time you can avoid unhealthy impulse buys at the grocery store or last-minute trips to the drive-thru. Make big batches of hearty, healthy meals like chicken soup or turkey chili on Sunday night, save leftovers in plastic food storage containers and enjoy all week long!
3.) Eat your breakfast - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure you’re eating it! A hot bowl of oatmeal, slices of whole grain toast or a hearty egg white omelet are all healthy ways to start off your morning. Plus, they’ll warm you up before you head outside!
4.) Write it down - If you can’t seem to take control of your portion sizes, try keeping a food journal. For many people, having a visual record of everything they eat throughout the day can put food portions into perspective and raise awareness about what you’re actually putting into your body.
5.) Shop smarter - Don’t let yourself idle in the junk food aisles at the grocery store. If you don’t buy foods that are bad for you, they won’t be around to tempt you at home. Another good winter grocery tip is to buy pre-sliced frozen fruits and vegetables so you can enjoy your favorite healthy produce even if it’s out of season.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult, and it can certainly be delicious. Staying focused on your goals and being smart about your food choices will make achieving your New Year’s goals much more manageable.