2020 is just around the corner. The New Year brings you the beauty of having a fresh start, a clean slate, and even the possibility of becoming the best version of yourself yet. And what better way to kick things off by leading a healthier lifestyle with good eating habits? This is the perfect complement to your Pilates practice to upgrade your results.
Read on to find out our top tips and tricks on how you can start eating healthy in the New Year.
Drink More Water
Did you know that your body is composed of approximately 60% water? This is why drinking more water is an essential step to eating healthy. Not only does your body need water to survive, but drinking water also boasts a myriad of health benefits, such as flushing out toxins, clearing up your skin, and promoting weight loss.
So, how much water should you be drinking daily? Dr. Jaclyn London of The Good Housekeeping Institute recommends consuming 8 to 10 cups a day. One good way to make sure you’re getting the right amount is to always carry a reusable water bottle around with you. And as we’ve previously shared in our ‘Healthy Habits’ post, you should also keep a water bottle at your bedside table, so that you can feel refreshed and ready to take on whatever the day throws at you.
Practice Meal Prep
Meal prepping is a great way for you to start on your journey towards eating healthier, as it encourages you to make conscious and healthy choices for the week ahead by planning out your meals. Plus, it also helps you save money, as you’ll be buying food in bulk and preparing it yourself in advance, instead of dining out regularly.
If you’re worried about getting bored with this routine, you can turn things around by designing your meal prep in creative ways. Have fun with simple ingredients and prepare them as part of different recipes. To keep things healthy, Carly Graf of Parsley Health suggests that potatoes lose their nutritional value when doused in oil or salt, so try swapping out French fries for nutritious (and delicious) roasted potatoes drizzled with avocado oil. You can even mash your potatoes with yogurt. When it comes to your food, don’t forget to do your research to find out the fun ways to make the most of its nutrients.
Let’s face it — it’s easy for anyone to quickly give in to their cravings. However, most people crave food that isn’t nutritious, and too often we are tempted to indulge in greasy burgers, a decadent bar of chocolate, and even a pint of ice cream. Although junk food gives you a feeling of satisfaction for a short while, it has negative long-term effects on your health, such as obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
Preparation is key when it comes to curbing these cravings, which is why you can beat it if you stock up on nuts. Researchers from Harvard Medical School points out that eating more nuts can prevent health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, while also helping you curb your appetite. You can trade in junk food and incorporate more nuts into your diet with delicious snacks like trail mix and meals like muesli.