Changing your lifestyle shouldn’t be something you dread because, with the right direction and mindset, lifestyle changes can actually be fun and exciting.
Making sudden and drastic changes to your eating habits usually won’t last very long. Instead, take some time to make SMART goals.
SMART : Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely
When you start to change your eating habits, focus on what you can consume instead of what you can’t consume. Try out new healthy recipes and your tastebuds can adapt over time.
WHY DO SO MANY OF OUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FAIL?
YOUR GOALS MAY BE UNREALISTIC
You may be setting goals and meal plans that demand too big of a change and don’t fit well into your lifestyle, such as ‘going to the gym every day for 2 hours’ or going for a ‘one meal a day’ diet.
Goals like these may also be demotivating when you can’t achieve them as they leave zero room for failure. And perhaps you have not thought about whether the change would make you happy, hence it turns out to become more of a chore.
YOUR GOALS MAY BE TOO VAGUE
An example would be to ‘eat healthier’, but there is no thought of the practical steps in which you can make changes that suit your lifestyle and eating habits.
HOW TO WE MAKE BETTER GOALS?
Firstly, your goals are yours – they can be as small as you like them to be and you don’t have to feel pressured into comparing your goals with others. Small, gradual changes can eventually grow into good, lasting habits
YOUR MINDSET IS EVERYTHING
Start with focusing more on making improvements instead of achieving perfection.
It’s probably impossible to accomplish your goal perfectly every day, so you can focus on doing better than how you did last year or the day before.
For diet-related goals, focus on what you can eat instead of what you can’t eat.
Reminding yourself of the why’s behind your goals, such as exercising for health and improving work productivity, would help as well.
Your goals should be planned to fit into your daily routine or lifestyle. This would require some rescheduling, but it’s good to be thinking about specific ways that you can incorporate small changes every day.
Create a conducive environment to achieve your goals, such as having the right ingredients at home, ready-to-eat healthy meals/snacks.
EXAMPLES OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS YOU CAN MAKE TO IMPROVE YOUR EATING HABITS AND LIFESTYLE
1. INCLUDE WHOLEGRAINS IN AT LEAST ONE MEAL FOR AT LEAST 3 DAYS A WEEK
Wholegrains such as whole wheat bread and brown rice are a great way to boost your fibre intake for a healthy gut, and they’re also a rich source of antioxidants. For example, try Fresher’s Perfect Rye Sourdough French toast or oats for breakfast and Fresher’s Slow Cooker Traditional Beef Stew for lunch and dinner.
Not only do these meals provide you convenience, but they’re also a great source of wholegrains to provide you with lasting energy, or to fuel you for a tough workout session.
2. SWAP ONE GREASY TAKEAWAY MEAL FOR A WEEK FOR A HEALTHIER TAKEAWAY OPTION
If you’re someone who relies on takeaway meals and doesn’t have the additional time to plan and prep your meals, let Fresher help you achieve your new year’s resolutions by making healthy eating easier as Fresher offers Guided Meal Plans as well as essential bundles and customizable bundles for to meet your different needs.
Also, you can spend some time looking at other options or do some food menu research online. Pay attention to the ingredients and cooking methods at your usual go-to’s. For example, you can swap deep-fried, oily dishes for soup-based dishes with a serving of vegetables.
For a quick and easy fuss-free option, try our range of nutritious, pre-portioned high protein meals which you can just reheat and eat in minutes after a long day of work.
If you’re eating with family, our naturally-seasoned, sodium-controlled Just Proteins make a great table centerpiece for the family to share and enjoy healthier protein-based mains.
3. ADD A SERVING OF FISH AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
Fish is an excellent source of lean proteins for
muscle-building and heart-healthy omega 3s for health.
They might not sound as delicious as other lean proteins but they’re great to have with a meal – whether it’s a standalone dish, as a side, in soups, made into patties, or in curries. Check out Fresher’s precisely proportioned Baked Seabass in Sundried Tomato Salsa Rojo – not only does it taste good, it also provides you with 38g of quality proteins to keep you fuller for longer.
4. INCORPORATE A HEALTHY SNACK A DAY ON 3 OF YOUR WEEKDAYS
When we’re hungry, it’s easy to just reach for whatever is in sight and at home for convenience.
To prevent this, make healthy snacks available at home and at work. Some healthy snacks that you can have are fruits, yogurt, milk, cheese, nuts, wholegrain toast, or even Fresher’s half-portioned Turkey Bacon Potato Hash of Russet & Sweet.
If you have more time at hand, you can get creative with more complex recipes such as making DIY granola bars, or baked vegetable and egg frittatas.
5. EXERCISE AT LEAST ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK
Being physically active is important for your physical and mental health.
There are so many ways to get your body moving, such as going for a walk or joining a workout class. You’ll need to think about how you can fit this into your schedule, whether it’s through fitting in a session during the weekend or squeezing in a 15-minute home workout.
To conclude, regardless of where you’re at, any time of the year is always a good time to be thinking about ways to improve your eating habits and lifestyle.
It’s not necessary to wait for the new year to start making healthier habits. If making yearly goals doesn’t work for you, you can also set a small goal each week and focus on changing 1 thing at a time.
Even if you don’t end up achieving your goal, you can always learn from your experience and continue to improve day by day.
Not time to meal prep? Let Fresher help you out with your meals.