Do you ever feel exhausted, achy, and just plain “blah”?
I have more and more lately. Though part of it I’m sure is the fact that I’m almost nine months pregnant, I believe the issue goes a lot deeper than that.
I’ve decided it’s time to make some health changes. After two subsequent pregnancies, my body is tired. I’m ready to make nourishing food a priority.
Though I think I already do fairly well, there is still plenty of room for improvement. But since I’ll have a baby this year, the changes need to be super simple and DOABLE. So here I’m outlining my plan to get healthier this year.
Cut back on sugar
Like so many, I know I consume too much sugar. Now, I don’t think sugar is a bad thing – it’s the added, processed sugar in so many foods that is taking things too far.
For example, I’m going to work on cutting back the amount of sugar I put in my coffee, which is about 2 teaspoons right now. This is going to be a tough one! But it should cut back on my craving for sweets and eliminate a few teaspoons of sugar in my diet each day.
Cut back on processed foods
We don’t do too bad here, but there are still some adjustments I’d like to make.
The majority of processed food I consume is snacks. It’s nice to have it already proportioned, but with a little extra work I can put together my own pre-portioned snacks without added ingredients.
Fewer convenience dinners
I do get frozen pizza and stir fry mixes. I’m not planning on completely cutting them out, but just not having them quite so often. I still think they’re better than going through the drive through!
Focus on eating more vegetables
I read somewhere that HALF of your plate at each meal should be fruits and vegetables. (If I remember correctly, another fourth was protein and the last fourth carbs/starches.)
In order to do this, I need to not only make sure I have vegetables on hand, but actually cook them. This shouldn’t be hard, as they come in steamer bags and cans. But sometimes it still doesn’t get done. But that’s going to change this year!
Meal Planning and Preparation
Another goal I have is to do better at meal planning and prep. Things go much more smoothly and we eat a lot better when I have a plan for meals mapped out for the week. Furthermore, when I take some time to prep on Sunday, it helps even more!
Eat a More Balanced Breakfast
I’ve always been good about eating breakfast. It’s not a meal that I usually skip. In fact, I’m often pretty hungry in the morning! But it’s time to balance my breakfast a little better and include more protein that will keep me fuller longer.
To start out I’ll commit to exercising 10 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Now, I know this is far under the recommended amount. But you have to start somewhere and some is better than none – especially with a newborn in the house!
It may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that these are things I’m going to be working on implementing throughout an entire year. I honestly don’t expect to make a whole lot of progress in the first month or two with a newborn in the house. But with one baby step at a time, I’m determined to make 2017 our healthiest year yet!
If you’re ready for a healthy year too, I hope you’ll join me in taking Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom’s 15 Days to a Healthier You!