SALT LAKE CITY — With the start of the new year we might feel overwhelmed by the post-holiday crash and the stress from the pressure to create New Year's resolutions.
Around this time, there's a lot of talk about getting healthy and the latest advice on how to lose that "holiday weight gain." This can cause a lot of extra stress, and after a year like 2020 we could all use a little less stress in our everyday lives. With all that's going on in the world, worrying about your nutrition should not be a complicated matter. So, here are four tips that can help you simplify nutrition while still living a healthy life.
Rotating menu plans
Creating a menu plan every week is a great way to eat healthier and stick to a budget. The idea of creating a new menu every week might sounding daunting, but creating a menu plan doesn't have to be hard — and it actually can be a way to simplify your nutrition.
By creating a 2-week rotation menu you can eliminate the need to come up with a new menu every week but still have a wide variety of healthy yummy foods.
Forget the fad diets
At the start of the year, social media and the internet are usually full of new diets and health tips to try, like juicing or eliminating certain foods. You do not need to follow these fad diets and trendy advice to be healthy. Sometimes these fad diets can actually be worse for your health than you may think.
So, to simplify your nutrition this year forget the fad diet and just stick with the basics. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy meats/protein and dairy to provide your body with the calcium it needs for healthy bones. You don't need a crazy strict diet to be healthy.
Add simple exercise
You don't need to start an intense workout regimen at the beginning of the year to get healthy. You can start by simply taking walks around the neighborhood or parking at the back of the parking lot for more exercise. Taking simple steps to increase your movement every day is a great way to start a healthy exercise routine.
Enjoy what you eat
Don't feel the pressure to eat certain foods because they're labeled as "healthier" than other foods. All foods can fit into a balanced diet. Using the principle of intuitive eating can help simplify your nutrition by lessening the guilt and shame you feel around food.
Food is meant to be both enjoyed and nutritious to the body. This year, let the shame go and try to have a more healthy relationship with foods.
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