If your New Years Resolution is to sustain a healthy lifestyle, consider taking an honest look at your health and dietary habits. Being healthy is not about dieting, counting calories or creating a list of good and bad foods. It starts with making healthy (eating) part of your lifestyle.
Motivation keeps you strong, but when life gets challenging, momentum fades. Setting yourself up for success requires realistic goals, planning and support.
Here are ways to support a healthy lifestyle. To minimize discouragement, keep your goals simple and small. It’s consistency, not perfection you are after.
- Commit to physical activity every day. Make it realistic. Beginners, challenge yourself to 10-minutes a day.
- Drink water – it will keep you hydrated, and help flush your system of waste. Water curbs cravings too.
- Choose fresh ingredients over processed package convenience foods.
- Don’t deprive yourself- the key to your success is moderation, not deprivation.
- Support – Team up with a friend for accountability or take a course to expand your horizon. The Organic Teaching Kitchen offers a 21-day Clean Eating course and a 3-month intensive “healthy eating” hands-on cooking and coaching program.
The rewards of building a healthy foundation will morph into your lifestyle. Sometimes small steps in the right direction end up being the biggest step of your life. Health is a journey, not a destination. Take the step!
Start the New Year off with my “ABC” smoothie or juice.
- 1 granny smith apple, cubed
- 1/8 beet, cubed
- 1 medium carrot, sliced
- ¼” slice of ginger (optional)
- Squeeze of lemon or lime
- ¾ cup water
Directions: Place ingredients in a high-speed blender or juicer and enjoy!
Susan Chasen is a Nutrition & Health Coach and the founder of The Organic Teaching Kitchen. She offers cooking and nutrition workshops to kids, teens and adults. Susan sees clients privately and in small groups.
Susan offers on-site Work Place Wellness programs which enable employers to invest in the health, vitality, and happiness of their employees. Her School Place goes into school with interactive nutrition & cooking workshops to inspire kids (and teachers) to try new foods. Birthday parties & Girl Scout workshops are offered at TOTK in Croton.
Contact Susan for health consultation. It’s complimentary to Mom Offers More Readers.
The Organic Teaching Kitchen is located at 18 Old Post Rd. South. Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Check out her monthly group workshop schedule at http://www.theorganicteachingkitchen.com or contact her at [email protected]