At the beginning of the year we say ‘oh I want to get healthy’. I want to lose weight, and the list gets longer. Each year end, we find ourselves short of that goal – too busy, too hard to do, couldn’t stick to it. Why? We don’t do change well if overwhelmed. Here are a few suggestions to get you closer to “Healthy”. My challenge to you with the new year underway is to pick just one of these healthier eating options:
- Add a green or dark green leafy vegetable to lunch and dinner. Pick a new one each week or month or quarter. Be seasonal!
- Try a new non-wheat grain! These include amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, rice, and teff. Try one new grain every month or every quarter. Try that same grain several different ways. It can be fun to experiment in the kitchen!
- Can’t cook? Learn! That might be hard, but it is a ton of fun. Buy a cookbook (I like Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything). If you need hands-on instruction, try a class! Invite a chef to come do private lessons with you and your friends. I do a Girls Night Out Class which is always a blast!
- Try eating breakfast! This may be the best way to start your day. Eat a small amount of protein and healthy starch within an hour and your brain and metabolism will thank you.
- Try organic meats (wild or grass fed is even better), chicken, turkey or eggs. Even better, find a local farm where you can get your real farm raised meats.
- Try organic produce – in summer, grow your own, buy them at a local organic farm. Or join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) where you are part of the farm but don’t have to do all the work. You will be amazed at how much fresher the produce really is and how much more flavor it has.
These are only a few suggestions. Start with one and grow from there.
Joanna K Chodorowska, BA, NC, TPTH is a holistic sports nutrition coach and multidimensional healer helping you find balance and whole body health using real foods, Path To Heal energy work and essential oils.
Joanna provides her clients with realistic, real foods, movement therapy and stress management options that fit into their busy lives. Joanna helps clients find the way to self-love, self-acceptance and a life of joy honoring their needs, body, mind and soul. Nutrition for body, mind, spirit, and sport.
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