As the holiday season comes to an end and we start the New Year, many people think about New Year’s resolutions that will help them create healthier habits. While creating a healthier lifestyle is always a good idea, setting too big of goals or making too many changes too quickly can backfire. Setting smaller goals and making small, gradual changes are often more beneficial in the long run. Many of these small steps to a healthier lifestyle include the choice we make surrounding food.
When it comes to making healthier choices about food, it’s important to consider healthy options that are available at your local grocery store, healthier alternatives to foods you eat regularly, having a positive attitude about it, and that you actually enjoy the food you eat. All of these things will help you stick to your goals and make it easier to make the right choice.
Some small changes you can make that will help you work towards your goals are reading food labels, checking serving sizes, and meal planning. By reading the food labels, you become more aware of what you are eating, the nutritional value of the food, and how many calories you are consuming. Food labels also have a suggested serving size which is helpful to know the correct amount to eat. By planning out your meals for the day or week, you can make healthy choices ahead of time and make sure you have the right ingredients for the meals on hand. It is a lot easier to make a healthy choice when you have a plan in place.
In addition to those tips, having healthier snack options on hand will help you make smarter choices when you’re feeling hungry. For example, try having a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter instead of candy or a pan of bars. Try to keep fresh vegetables and hummus or a low fat ranch at the front of your fridge so it’s the first thing you see when you go looking for a snack. Another great way to keep produce on hand is by buying frozen fruit and vegetables. Frozen strawberries, blueberries or mangos make a great topping for yogurt or a smoothie and frozen bag of broccoli or peas makes a great healthy side dish for supper. Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is a great way to make them last longer since you don’t have to worry about them going bad as quickly as fresh non-frozen produce would.
As you work towards your fitness goals for 2020, be sure to keep these healthy tips in mind. Making small changes to your lifestyle and eating habits can have a big impact.