Healthy Eating in January

As you may have read, I’ve decided that instead of creating one year long resolution, I am planning to focus on one particular topic each month to help me keep my sparkle this year.  January seemed like the best time to focus on healthy eating since most folks tend to focus on health in their resolutions.  Plus, there aren’t any food-centric holidays in January, which is a welcome reprieve after stuffing myself silly over the past few months!

You are what you eat.  It’s cliché but OH SO TRUE.

I tend to eat fairly healthy most of the time, but boy, oh boy! do I jump ship when Thanksgiving and Christmas arrive!  Once I have a bite of sugar, it’s SO HARD to stop craving it and to get back to eating what makes me feel best.  Sugar is so tasty, but it makes me feel sluggish, anxious, and just not great after the fact.  In addition to keeping sugar from taking over my life, I have other hurdles that I have to focus on with eating, but we’ll get to those during the challenge.  🙂

Throughout the month, I’ll provide information and resources to learn about healthy eating habits.  I’m excited, and to be honest, a little nervous (!) about sharing my own personal experiences with striving to eat healthy as well.

Please join me with focusing on healthy eating this month!

Here is what I’m planning for the month:

WEEK 1

  • Set my intentions and begin a food journal, taking note of how I feel as well as what I eat
  • Make sure to drink at least half my body weight in ounces of water
  • Practice mindful eating: put away technology, eat slowly, pay attention to feelings and hunger

WEEK 2 (Continue improvements from Week 1)

  • Have a protein-rich breakfast daily, avoiding sugar.
  • Take the time to read labels at home and at the grocery store. Go through my pantry and refrigerator and determine which items have unnecessary added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or additives. Find alternate versions.
  • While at the grocery store this week, price check and consider organic options.

WEEK 3 (Continue improvements from Weeks 1 & 2)

  • Make a meal plan and grocery list for this week
    • Incorporate protein with every meal
    • Incorporate good fats into my meal plan
    • Incorporate at least one gut-friendly food into my meal plan
    • Incorporate at least five servings of fruits/vegetables per day into my meal plans
    • Incorporate healthy desserts into my meal plan
  • Measure portions to ensure that I am eating the number of servings intended

WEEK 4 (Continue improvements from Weeks 1-3)

  • Make a list of several go-to breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to keep for ideas when meal planning
  • Make a plan for healthy options at my favorite restaurants
  • Make a healthy freezer friendly meal for dinner and double it so that I can have an extra dinner in the freezer for an easy dinner one night after the month is over

WEEK 5 – RECAP WEEK

  • Reflect on my progress. Think about how I feel, what changes were difficult, which were easy, and what changes do we feel we could carry forward throughout the year.

Sounds fun, right?  Can’t wait to get started!

xoxo

 

Disclaimer:  I am not a physician.  Please consult a doctor for professional advice before making any changes in your own diet.  All information given by me is simply what I’ve found to be true in my own personal life.

2 thoughts on “Healthy Eating in January

  1. I think of sugar like alcohol. (Which of course alcohol also has) I even have a hangover the next day if I over indulge by having a dessert.

    It’s okay in moderation, but it’s a short trip to alcoholism/sugarism. Once a sugarholic, always a sugarholic. 😛

    Enjoy it responsibly, but rarely.

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