As we enter the new year, there’s no better time than the present to think about how to be the best version of yourself. Part of unleashing your full potential is improving your mental and physical health. One of the best ways to start feeling healthier is to rethink your food choices. At Nick’s of Clinton, we’re here to help you meet your healthy food goals. Here are some healthy eating tips to kick off the new year—
- Start with Small, Achievable Changes
When making any changes in your life, whether to your diet, exercise plan, or other elements of your routine, it’s important to start small. If you try to do it all at once, you’ll overwhelm yourself and are more likely to fail. For example, if you ultimately want to give up desserts, cut out dairy, eliminate gluten, stop drinking, and only eat at home, you should start with a small, modified version of one of those goals. So, if you want to stop eating sugar, maybe you begin by limiting yourself to two desserts a week. As you achieve small goals, you can start adding on other changes.
- Have a Goal
Those small steps that you take like the ones listed above should all be in pursuit of a bigger goal. While wanting to “lose weight” is a great goal, getting more specific about why you’re choosing to eat healthy can help you maintain your motivation. For example, do you want to eat healthy to be in better shape to play with your grandkids? Or to be able to do a walking tour when you retire and take a trip to Europe? Or to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort you feel getting out of bed in the morning?
- Know What’s “Healthy”
Before you start your journey on the path to healthy eating, you should start with learning what’s healthy and what’s not. Unfortunately, too many products that are advertised as healthy are full of preservatives, chemicals, and are highly processed. The best things that you can eat are unprocessed whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and fish and meat. Try to buy things that are fresh and raw, and avoid foods that come in plastic or in a box as much as possible. Always read labels and watch out for ingredients you haven’t heard of or can’t pronounce.
- Remember It’s Not Just About Food
While healthy eating is a huge part of improving your health overall, remember that you won’t achieve great health by healthy eating alone. Exercise is also a big part of physical and mental health, as is taking time for yourself to reduce stress. Meditation and deep breathing can be a positive addition to your healthy eating plan. Health is holistic.
- Make Going to the Grocery Store a Habit
One barrier to healthy eating is the temptation to eat out. Another obstacle is being too time-crunched to get healthy food and prepare it. As such, in order to meet your goals, you’ll need to make going to the grocery store on a regular basis a habit. When you go to the store, be prepared with a list. Meal planning in advance for the week is a great way to get organized and hold yourself accountable to your goals.
- Get Help from the Start
Making a change in your life can be challenging, and there’s no doubt that eating healthy is one of the biggest challenges there is. Getting help from the beginning with your goals can be a great way to set yourself up for success. Ask a friend or a family member to join you in your journey and help hold you accountable. You can even join a group challenge with co-workers or neighbors!
Nick’s of Clinton Is Here to Help
At Nick’s of Clinton, we’re here to support you in your goal to adopt a healthier eating plan. Our grocery store has everything that you need to start eating better today, from the freshest product to the finest meats and everything in between. We also have healthy pre-made meals that are great for a day that you don’t have time to cook yourself. And with weekly specials, shopping at Nick’s is affordable, too. To learn more about our store or ask a question about products we carry, feel free to reach out to us by phone at (301) 843-4825. We open at 9:00 a.m. on the weekends and 10:00 a.m. on the weekdays. We look forward to seeing you!