Another year is behind us, and it seems that most of us are rather excited to bid it farewell. I know I certainly am, and it only has a little to do with the pandemic. Regardless of what happens in this New Year, you can set the tone in a positive light by incorporating three healthy habits that will serve you well for years to come.

If you have trouble sticking to resolutions, why not choose these healthy habits that are easy to follow no matter what’s happening in the world around you!

  1. Jump on the meal-planning train

Perhaps one of your resolutions this year was to eat healthier foods. You may have even started out with the best of intentions, but when life got hectic, and your schedule turned busy, you went back to your old ways. Instead of getting caught in the chaos, start meal planning and bulk cooking.

During downtime, take a moment to look at healthy meals you can prepare ahead. Build a shopping list that makes it easy to craft numerous healthy meals from the same base of ingredients. Then let your slow cooker, Instant Pot, and other kitchen tools help you get the job done. 

Making a double batch and then freezing leftovers properly will ensure you always have healthy and delicious meals at the ready. So when you get home from work and realize you forgot to plan dinner, you will only have to snatch it from the freezer and heat it up. Bonus: you can put your feet up while you wait!

  1. Make more time for sleep

We all feel deep regrets for the naps we refused to take as children. Now, as adults, we wish we had more time for rest. But in all honesty, we still have time. We compromise ourselves trying to take on too much.

End that cycle by setting a firm bedtime for yourself. You can select a bedtime alarm on your phone that will tell you when to put out that midnight oil and get ready for bed. Read a few pages of a good book and then pull up the covers. You’ll start feeling happier and less anxious when you take this time for yourself. Experts say that you need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night for your body to reset and re-energize. 

  1. Take time to unplug from the digital world

So much of what we do involves being digitally-tethered. We’re always on our devices for work, and when we’re done for the day, we’re entranced with our smartphones and the endless barrage of social media platforms. 

Remember the days when the internet was an escape from reality? Now we need to make reality an escape from the online world. Unplug from your devices each day at a particular time and make time for those in the real world under your roof. Make time for yourself too. I used to have a hard time with that one, but I’ve found that I’m no good to anyone else if I’m not in tune with myself. 

These three healthy habits might seem small, but they will make a big difference in how you feel and take on the New Year. With the way last year was, and this one is starting, going into the rest of this year with strength and a positive attitude is the best way to stay on top no matter what happens.

Still have questions? Let’s chat. Schedule a Free Getting Aquainted Call   We’ll discuss some of the obstacles that stand in your way, and how I can help you thrive and feel your best.

By the end of this session we’ll know if we’re a good fit. You can decide if I’m the right person to guide and support you to a better, healthier gluten-free version of you.