Keep It Simple in 2018

by Coach Caroline

So often, we spend the end of December thinking of all of the ways we can improve ourselves in the coming year. We tell ourselves that next year will be different because we’ll finally…. Lose 20 pounds! Eat strict Paleo! Have a dry January! Work out every day! Get back in those old jeans hanging in the back of my closet! Do any of these sound familiar?

Let’s try something new this year. Rather than set resolutions that we are bound to break before the end of the month, let’s focus on resolutions that we can keep. Simple ones. Baby steps.  This year, my focus is on healthy eating. Getting back to the basics. In order to do that, I have to keep things simple. Traditional diets are all about rules: counting calories, weighing and measuring foods, lists of do’s and don’ts. It’s just too much - too difficult to follow, too many restrictions and too much to remember. So I won’t diet. I just keep things simple by:

  1. Skipping the recipes. Recipes involve long lists of ingredients and take tons of time to prepare. Save these for the weekends when you have time. During the week, I prepare meats and vegetables with olive oil and fresh herbs and spices. Grill, roast or pan sear - it's a quick and easy way to create delicious and healthy meals.
  2. Serving dinner on a salad plate. This is the easiest way to trick your brain into feeling satisfied and thinking you’re full. On a smaller plate, your serving size will look large, even though you’re not eating as much. You’ll automatically cut down on calories
  3. Meal Planning. At the beginning of the week, sit down and look at your calendar. Count the number of meals you’ll need, and make a plan based on this. Make your shopping list based on your plan, and only buy what’s on your list
  4. Meat and two. When you plan, choose a meat and two vegetables for each meal. Again, no fancy recipes. This will allow you to reinvent your leftovers - add leftover vegetables to scrambled eggs for breakfast or top a salad with last night’s grilled chicken for lunch.  
  5. Instacart. If you find the grocery store too tempting, don’t go. Have someone else do the shopping for you and you won’t come home with all of the processed goodies you don’t need. Instacart will deliver groceries from stores like Central Market, Natural Grocers and Whole Foods. If you don’t want to pay someone else to shop for you, shop online at Walmart or Target and pick it up in the store.

These aren’t ‘dieting’ tips. They are choices you can make. Try implementing these small, simple changes into your lifestyle and see how they affect your nutrition this month!