New year, new you... right???
This is a pretty ambitious slogan to live by just one week after the new year hit. We aren't going to start and finish every goal within the next month, but rather we should be prioritizing goals and figuring out what to start now and what to add on later in the year.
For me, health is one of my goals on the top of the list. I have created a plan to revamp my diet and I want to share with you the basics outline of it. This change is NOT A DIET; IT'S A LIFESTYLE. This means it is not short term. It is not to lose weight. It does not have an end stamp. Rather, it's meant to be followed 5 days a week (or about 80% of the time). Dietary changes should not be too strict because it will result in binging, relapsing, and short term thoughts and changes. This plan follows the mantra: Everything in Moderation. That's why 2 days a week (most likely the weekends) I don't have to think about what I should and shouldn't eat and can enjoy anything in moderation!
Here is the basic plan:
Things to cut out of diet 5 days a week:
- Red meat
- Added sugar
- Snacking if not hungry
- White bread, flour, pastas, dough, baked goods
What I should be eating:
- Chicken, poultry, seafood
- Lots of vegetables
- Lots of berries (berries are lower in sugar than fruits like bananas and grapes)
- One serving of nuts/seeds a day
- Almond milk
- Oatmeal, brown rice, farro, quinoa
- 100% whey protein powder
- Sweet potatoes
What I want to get out of these changes:
- More energy
- Sleep better
- Workout harder
- Fuel muscles
- Decrease cravings
- Decrease binges on the weekends
- Feel leaner
Notice- the objectives do not mention any body weight or body fat percentage goal! This is not the point of it! This is a lifestyle dietary change that I have achieved in the past, and want to be able to add into my life again. It is not short term and it does not have short term objectives; these outcomes are about feeling better and living a healthier and happier life.
I am not a registered dietician and this plan is not for everyone! I just wanted to share some guidelines about my plan as the new year rolls around. You can try some of these changes out, or come up with your own plan that will work for you based on your goals. My advice: don't be too ambitious and unrealistic. Figure out something that is challenging, but something you know you can impliment into your lifestyle without becoming unhappy.
Maybe you don't believe in "new year, new you" just yet, but once you start setting goals, prioritizing goals, and hitting goals, you better believe you will feel like a new and better person inside and out.
Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions!
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This section highlights any type of noteworthy experience I've had with food. It also covers some of my traveling adventures! I am an avid traveler and love trying out new cuisines and local foods wherever I go. I will give any and all the details of the food I've tasted around the world.