For many of us, a new year is a great opportunity to get started on those long-awaited plans to eat healthier, exercise more, or even get more sleep. If you’ve already made changes that have had a positive impact, keep going, taking the first step is sometimes the hardest part.
If you’re looking for a few simple ways to keep your routine moving forward, there are some simple changes you can make that can have a surprising impact. We’ve comprised some great ideas from our favorite bloggers and registered dietitians. Give one or all a try and see what a little change or two can do for you!
- Take any and every opportunity to squeeze in a bit of exercise. Even carrying in the groceries is change to stretch or lift. See how Stephanie Mansour does it here.
- Replace some of your unhealthy recipe ingredients with delicious, healthier options – like subbing pureed cauliflower for cream in an alfredo sauce. It gives the recipe a gorgeous color and rich flavor without all the calories and fat. See this and other delicious substitutions here.
- Add extra veggies to your diet with delicious salads that you toss with your homemade salad dressings. Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS has some great suggestions here.
- Eat more “real food”. Cutting out processed foods is easier and more delicious than you think. Find some great tips and recipes from Vicky Shanta Retelny, RDN here.
Have you made a small change that made a BIG impact on your healthy lifestyle? Tell us about it in the comments below. Happy New Year!