Healthy Eating Tips and Motivation for the New Year

January is almost over. By now, most of you have probably lost all your motivation and have abandoned your New Year’s Resolution. WHY?! What the heck are you doing? Stop. Think. Let’s get your head back in the game!

You need MOTIVATION

I want you to look back and reflect on this past month. No, reflect on this past year. What are your goals? What did you set for your New Years Resolutions?

Now that you have that in mind, did you abandon it? Let’s talk about the why! Why do most people give up on their resolutions within the first 2-3 months of the year? The answer can vary from person to person, but chances are, their goals were too big and too fast!

For Example

My goals were to treat my body better. I had this grand idea that I would drop 10lbs a month, have clear skin by the end of January, working out every day, and be reading a book a month!

Has any of that happened yet? NO! Are you kidding me? This is not a realistic goal to put on yourself. I am not even close to finishing my book. My skin cleared up, then I ate terrible for a week and forgot to wash my face twice and now I am breaking out all over again. I have worked out a grand total of MAYBE 6-8 times… and I have only lost 4lbs.

Now don’t be hard on yourself!

Compared to what I was doing last year, these are all HUGE improvements! My skin is better than ever, I drink a lot more water, I have taken time to relax and read, I LOST 4LBS! This is a big deal, you guys! Even though I shot big, and I fell short of that goal, I still improved my life in tremendous strides!

Keep it going!

I want you to shoot big for February too! Set too big of goals, try just a little bit harder, and I promise you, you will surprise yourself! I am striving to continue being better to my body, so here are my February goals!

  • Do the “Learn to Love” challenge with my facebook group
  • Stop drinking soda
  • Become a meal prep boss! Again…

Let’s do this together, okay? If you are having troubles with your goals, send me a message on Facebook or Instagram, or shoot me an email! I am here to help you!

Okay, moving on…

You probably came here for the healthy eating tips. So here you are! These are some simple guidelines that I am BAD at following, but strive to do:

  • Drink LOTS of H2O
  • Spinach is amazing and has almost no taste. Add it to as many meals as you can
  • Chew slower and ENJOY your food
  • Use a smaller plate to help control your portion sizes
  • Eat foods proven to help your specific needs (I.E. Weight loss, metabolism boost, protein levels, iron levels, low energy, etc.)
  • Get out of your comfort zone!
  • Meal PLAN and Meal PREP
  • Don’t do it alone, have a support system
  • Eat more green stuff (No, not green M&Ms)
  • Don’t kill yourself, allow for slip-ups, okay?

YOur turn to talk…

Tell me in the comments: What are your goals for February? Have to join my Facebook group yet?

The Pathway to a Healthier You

Let’s face it, most of us are not our healthiest selves. But how do we become a healthier person, and what exactly does that mean? Well, there are three points to touch on if you ask me. Let’s dive in a little deeper.

Quit getting sick!

This is a lot easier said than done. And getting healthier while you are sick is even harder to do! So the best way to combat is to do everything you can to avoid getting sick.

I am a big believer in holistic health. Essential oils, natural foods and products, etc. I’m not a full-on hippy, but I am known to always suggest the more natural way to health.

If you are wanting to try essential oils, I suggest starting small and doing your research. My obsession has grown over the last couple years, but I am still a novice and probably not the best person to teach about oils. What I do suggest is staying away from MLMs like Young Living or DoTerra. They mark up their prices way too high and you can get quality essential oils elsewhere.

If you are interested in a post about essential oils, leave me a comment!

Other ways to avoid getting sick are the obvious suggestions, wash your hands regularly, avoid people who are ill, sanitize often, wash your clothing and bedding regularly, etc.

Eat right, and get Active

Back to the all natural foods I mentioned earlier. If you know me, you know I love to eat. You also know that I love food that is not good for me. However, unfortunately, I know better.

Every time I eat right and go on a “Diet” or a “Life Style Change”, I feel 10X better! I can tell when I am eating crappy and I tend to get sick easier when I do.

A minute ago (like a long time ago) I started a category of posts called “Healthy Eats” where I talked a lot about meal prepping and planning and good foods to eat.

Let me know if you want me to start that back up again!

The #1 thing you can to do eat right is to drink at least 64oz of water a day. I know that sounds like a lot, but I promise you, it’s worth it! Try incorporating fruits and veggies into your diet too!

As for getting active, if you are like me and get little to no activity at work or even at home, you should try getting outside with your kids. In the summer take them to the park, in the winter take them sledding. There are plenty of things to keep you moving outside.

Be Happier

A happier person is one that treats themselves right. If you value yourself or your sanity, be kind to yourself and be happier. I know, this sounds SO easy, right? Well, for me, it’s honestly not that easy.

Every day you have the opportunity to wake up and CHOOSE to be happy! Click To Tweet

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Some things that I like to do to stay happy include: Playing with my son, snuggling my husband, spending time with friends and family, my essential oils, watching TV, reading a good book, chocolate, taking a shower, getting ready for the day, and (believe it or not) cleaning!

Yes, you heard me right, I said cleaning. I HATE cleaning! I am the laziest person ever, but after my house is clean, I feel so much better, and I can finally relax. Plus, once I get started, I tend to start organizing everything and end up cleaning even more.

Well, there you have it!

Those are the 3 things I try to focus on to make myself a healthier person. My final suggestion would be to write it down! The trendy thing now is to have a bullet journal or planner. I like to write my goals in that and track my progress. If you are interested at all in my previous post, click here! I talk about my New Years Resolutions and my simple game plan to stick to it.

I want to try to write a post a month to help keep myself on track with my resolutions and goals. Keep your eyes open for that too!

Meal Planning Vs. Meal Prepping

I know what you are thinking…

Is there really a difference between meal planning and meal prepping? YES! There most definitely is!

Let me break it down the easy way… Think about the words themselves. “Planning” and “Prepping”. I googled it for you. Here are the actual definitions.

plan·ning
/ˈplaniNG/
noun
  1. the process of making plans for something
prep·ping
/ˈprepiNG/
noun
  1. the action or process of preparing something, or preparing for something.
    So why is this even important to know the difference?

    Well, when it gets to the nitty-gritty, it’s not important at all. What matters is that you actually do it! BUT, you can’t prep without planning. AND, if you only plan and don’t prep, what’s the point? Do you see what I mean?

    I hope that makes sense to you and helps clarify the importance of both. I know it’s short and sweet and to the point, but that is exactly what you need it to be, huh?

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My Go-to Quick Dinner Ideas

We all have those days!

More often than not, when we just don’t have enough time to think about cooking dinner. 8 times out of 10, I cook the same dinners over and over again. It’s simple, I know how to cook them, and I know my family likes to eat them. Here are some of my favorite things to cook at least once a week.

 

Mac-N-Cheese

Boom, easy, follow the directions on the box…

What I do to mix it up is serve it with biscuits, or add sausage or hot dogs to it. We’ve even had it with chicken. Easy, quick, simple.

Tacos!

Hail the tacos! We eat tacos weekly.

So, I use ground turkey. It tastes exactly like ground beef without the grease and healthier for you. I bought a giant tub of taco seasoning. That way, we can add as much or as little as we want. The best ways to mix it up is to switch between hard shell and soft shell. Sometimes I have taco salads, sometimes it’s nachos. There are so many different ways to mix it up! You can add beans with it, use different cheeses. There are so many ways to mix it up!

Spaghetti

We don’t eat this every week, but it’s a good honorable mention. I just boil some noodles and brown some meat (usually ground turkey or sausage), then add spaghetti sauce to it and WABAM, your done. Change it up by changing the flavor of meat or sauce, and even the noodles. I like to rotate between biscuits, french bread, and a salad. For a healthier choice, try using spaghetti squash as your noodles instead of regular noodles.

Chicken

You can grill it, steam it, bake it, fry it, whatever you want. Each way you cook it changes the flavor. I like to switch up seasonings, and randomly marinade it. There are like a billion different marinade options. You also have different cuts too. Thigh, breast, legs, etc. Bone-in or boneless. Chicken is great to have in your house at all times. Pair with a salad, bread, or veggies.

 

Those are just some super easy meals that I can interchange and mix up depending on my mood.

I try to always keep the following stocked in my house for easy dinners:

  • Salad
  • Mac-N-cheese
  • Ground turkey
  • Taco seasoning
  • Biscuits
  • Hot Dogs
  • Tortillas/hard shell tacos
  • Noodles
  • Chicken