I hope everyone had a nice holiday!
I’m finally sitting down to write (and hopefully finish) a blog post. We’ve been so busy over the past two weeks with prepping for Christmas, losing a job, enjoying Christmas, finding a job and everything in between. The past week has been filled with family time and great food, which was such a nice break from media and plain chicken, but I am very ready to get back into the swing of things! And what better way than to address the resolution we all know is coming
If you haven’t heard the phrase, “New year, new you!” – then I want to live in whatever bubble you’re living in! Don’t get me wrong, the new year is definitely a great time to think fresh and plan some new you rules. Chad and I have already set a few that we would like to accomplish over the next year such as eating as cheap as possible and traveling – Colorado and Washington have always been on my bucket list.
The start of a new year can also bring some stress around the goals you want to set. I think we’re all pressured into thinking goals have to be very drastic and completely challenge your life, especially when it comes to your diet or nutrition. The problem is, our diet has to be sustainable and long term. If you decide to cut carbs cold turkey, first of all do not and second, ask yourself how long that can really last? Unrealistic goals lead to nothing more than failure and self doubt, both in which don’t have to be the case.
NY Nutrition Tip: Set Realistic & Longterm Goals
Any goal, anytime, that completely restricts yourself from having a certain nutrient is a definite no go. That means cutting fat, carbohydrate, or protein from your diet. These three core nutrients are essential for life and no resolution is worth that!
Reducing the amount of processed carbohydrates in your diet is a great goal to have, I think we can all agree donuts are great, but they also can get dangerous. Instead of cutting out all pasta, bread, or processed carbs – maybe set weekly limits and opt for whole wheat/grain options. Chad and I love pasta and turkey meatballs, we have it at least once a week. But we do have whole wheat pasta, which has almost 6.3 grams of fiber per serving, whereas white pasta has just around 2.5 grams of fiber.
And when it comes to whether or not you can have that donut at all, you all know I’m a big fan of my once a week “
cheat meals” (ugh hate that phrase). Cutting out all sweets, treats, and feel good burgers for a resolution is another failure waiting to happen. Just like depriving yourself from one nutrient over the other, cutting out not so great food can lead to even bigger problems, especially if these are things you’ve enjoyed your entire life. My tip: stick to a one day a week type deal. Chad and I love going out to eat but we love it even more when we can go out to eat and not worry about whether or not something works with our weekly diet. Sticking to Saturday nights is perfect for both our Sunday morning workout and sanity!
A life without pizza is a life not worth
*Not dramatic at all
Let 2017 be the year that you change your life, for the rest of your life. Small, simple steps are the best way to accomplish anything. Set small goals and make sure you crush them! Even if that means fresh strawberries as your night time snack, an apple with lunch, or even water over your lunchtime soda. Remember, simple nutrition is key!
I hope I can help you achieve one small goal you have for yourself and your diet this year. As always, contact me at anytime with questions & comments – I would love to chat!