Transitioning back to a healthy lifestyle after overindulging during the holidays can be a tad overwhelming. We are all too familiar with the unrealistic New Year’s resolutions and how quickly they can fail.
Dieting resolutions often flop because they are not planned for sustainability. If you are looking to be a healthier version of yourself in this year, focus on incorporating better habits rather than strictly eliminating unhealthy foods and activities from your lifestyle.
Here are some simple tips to making your health goals stick this year,
· Get better sleep. Getting enough sleep isn’t all about total hours of sleep. It is also important to get quality sleep on a regular schedule so you feel rested when you wake up.
· Focus on eating more whole foods. Incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts into your daily diet. Be strategic in planning your snacks and meals to incorporate whole foods which provide our bodies with the antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals we need.
· Moderation is key. Strict elimination can lead to failure and overconsumption, focus on moderation. Moderation allows room for you to enjoy social settings or meal times while helping you fight negative feelings towards consuming certain foods.
· Drink more water. We’ve all heard this time and time again because it is so important. Drinking adequate amounts of water maintains fluid balance, regulates body temperature and digests food.
Here are a few of the best health and wellness resources to help you reach your goals in 2020.
- Abide is a Christian app to help you relax and sleep better. Add peace to your day through scripture, prayer and bible stories.
- Calm is a popular mindfulness app that can help you lower anxiety and sleep better. It includes relaxing music and bedtime stories for children.
- Joyful Healthy Eats find quick and healthy gluten free, paleo, vegan and kid-friendly 30-minute recipes.
- Pinch of Yum healthy lunch and dinner ideas that are simple and easy to make.
- Love and Lemons features whole food recipes that include vegan and gluten free recipes.
- Hydro Flask a stainless steel, double insulated bottle to help you conserve resources and stay hydrated.
- Atomic Habits can help you build better habits that stick so you can reach your goals.
When thinking of your health and wellness goals, remember the importance of creating better habits. Your health shouldn’t be as a simple as a New Year’s resolution but the long term aspiration to live a healthier lifestyle.
If you need a quick, easy and fresh recipe to kick start your journey you’ll love this healthy take on Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili.
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium-large sweet potato peeled and diced
- 1 large red onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 ½ cups vegetable stock
- 1 15- ounce cans black beans rinsed
- 1 14.5- ounce can diced tomatoes
- ½ cup dried quinoa
- 4 teaspoons lime juice
- serving suggestions: avocado cilantro, crema, cheese
1. Heat a large heavy bottom pot with the oil over medium high heat.
2. Add the sweet potato and onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion if softened.
3. Add the garlic, chili powder, chipotle, cumin and salt and stir to combine.
4. Add the stock, tomatoes, black beans and quinoa and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir everything to combine.
5. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
6. Cook for 30-40 minutes until the quinoa is fully cooked and the sweet potatoes are soft and the entire mixture is slightly thick like a chili.
7. Add the lime juice and remove the pot from the heat. Season with salt as needed.
8. Garnish with avocado, cilantro, crema or cheese before serving.
Original recipe can be found here.