Throughout January–the initiation month of New Year resolutions–the Be Well health coaches will be tackling their clients’ top resolutions for 2016.
To me a new year’s resolution needs to be positive and uplifting in nature! I ask myself question like: What do I want more of in my life? What will serve my body and my mental state the most? And what do I want to focus my attention on? If you’re going to be putting energy, time, passion and brain power into something – at least make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy and feel good about.
So, this year, instead of ‘quitting’ something or guilting yourself into making changes you deep down don’t really want to make (as in never eating chocolate again – who wants to do that?) focus on something you want more! For many of my clients – it’s MORE GOOD FOOD.
- Changing your mindset to focusing on something positive – feeding your cells! No more shame-and-blame games.
- Crowd out the crap. When you load your plate with nutritious vegetables, healthy fats and clean protein sources that you actually also enjoy eating, you are that much less likely to reach for cookies, crackers and crap an hour later. The concept of crowding out the less nutritious foods with the more nutrient dense ones is by far one of my favorites!
- Diminish cravings. When you feed your body all the nutrients it needs in abundance, you’re less likely to crave empty calories for quick energy surges. Some cravings can be nutrient deficiencies in disguise and when we address those underlying issues, the cravings go away.
- Freedom! That’s right. When you free yourself from the constricted thinking that all calories are created equal, a whole new world of food options opens up to you and you have the freedom to choose the most delicious and nutritious food at any given time.
- Conscious choices are better for all. Eating more nutrient dense foods means eating less processed food which is better for you and better for the planet.
- More bang for your buck. Sure, healthy food can sometimes seem more expensive, but not when you start comparing nutrient density! Whole, fresh foods are worth it.
- Farmers markets are where it’s at! A weekly trip to your local market can set you up for success. Basically all the fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, local meats, seafood and eggs are what you want to build your nutritious diet around.
- Get some accountability. There’s no doubt that for many of us announcing our desire to change something, maybe via social media, can help us stick to our plan. And if you prefer to keep it more private, at least share it with your spouse, partner, family and/or close friends and ask them to check in on you often and hold you to it!
- Buddy up! Any change like this is a journey that is much more exciting, fun and fulfilling if it’s shared! Find a co-worker, friend or family memeber who are on board with also eating more nutritiously in the new year – and check in on each other. Share recipes, new great restaurants you discover and maybe even have each other over to dinner now and then.
- Nutrient dense foods are whole, real and as close to nature as possible. That means shopping at the perimeter of the supermarket; fresh vegetables and fruits, fish and seafood, grass-fed meat, pastured eggs and adding some healthy fats like ghee, coconut oil and olive oil.
- Find a couple of great cooking tools. Make sure to set yourself up well for cooking more at home. Maybe a great blender for smoothies and soups is what’s missing for you, or a great knife to make vegetable chopping a breeze is what it will take to make cooking more enjoyable for you.
- Find a few go-to take-out places and restaurants. Because you’re not always going to be able to cook your meal…Instead of being caught off guard and ending up eating junk.
- Recipe for success. Print out 3 – 5 great recipes and make each of them a few times until you really feel like you master them – then go ahead and start changing them up a bit. Maybe switch out the vegetables for what’s in season, try adding some different herbs or use a different protein.
Great Nutrient-dense Foods to Include:
- Fatty fish
- Shell fish
- Dark leafy greens
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Onions and garlic
- Pastured eggs
- Root vegetables and sweet potatoes
- Winter squash
- Seeds, nuts and coconuts
- Grass-fed, full-fat dairy if you tolerate it well
- Herbs and spices
- and lots more…
Check out our PINTEREST boards for lots of recipe inspiration!
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