Now that you’ve managed to fight off the 3 PM growlies and you no longer call yourself a Breakfast Skipper, it’s time to take your nutrition to the next level. With your newfound #OneChange in place, you might be ready to add another small change to keep moving on your wellness journey. Remember it’s progress, not perfection that counts.
Here are my top five tips helping you to continue to eat better:
1. Be your own nutritional GPS.
Now that you’ve made #OneChange, and you’re not sure where to go next, try keeping a food journal to track what foods and beverages you’ve consumed throughout your day. This will help you locate what change could be next. When keeping a food journal it’s also a great idea to track your mood and your energy levels after each meal. This way you can figure out which foods give you energy and which foods result in an afternoon slump.
2. Let your inhibitions go.
When you get in the kitchen, this is your time to create, your time to become inspired and your time to have fun. Try out a new plant-based recipe you’ve never tried before. Often we tend to make our favorite go-to recipes and don’t realize the amazing opportunities we have to brighten up our palate.
3. Go greener.
Make the base of your meal (or the bottom of your grocery basket) fibrous vegetables. Dark leafy greens can be nutrient dense, providing your body with vitamins and minerals. One of my favorite recipes incorporating plenty of these fibrous vegetables is a Squash, Pomegranate, and Kale Salad.
4. Try Meatless Monday or Vegan before Six.
Now that you’ve seen the benefits of incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet, now is the time to have a little more fun with it. Challenge yourself to one entirely plant-based meal a day, or take it to the next level and spend an entire day eating completely plant-based, try dabbling in Meatless Monday. If you’re really feeling up for a challenge, try plant-based/Vegan Before Six. For this challenge, you’ll eat plant-based for breakfast, lunch (and snacks), until you arrive home from your workday, when you’re free to eat what you please (feel free to mix these up in a way that fits your life—whether it’s one day, a few days, or most days of the week, it’s up to you).
5. Use meal planning as a tool.
Meal planning is one of the greatest ways to set you up for success. If you can map out your meals for the week, it takes the guesswork out of your grocery shopping and the stress out of thinking about what you’re going to make for dinner. Sunday afternoon is a great time to plan out your meals for your work week.
Whatever choices or changes you make the most important thing is that you give yourself credit for being a nutritional superstar in the making. Adding another #OneChange goes a long way.