Enjoying a Healthy 2018

iStock_000015231569LargeThe idea of eating better often makes it onto New Year’s resolution lists, but usually in the form of calorie-counting or portion control. Goals focused on restriction and short-term thinking generally don’t work for lots of reasons, chief among them because restriction isn’t fun and doesn’t make food taste better. So how about focusing on ways you can make your meals taste great, be better for you, and become a permanent part of your everyday life? The good news is that good food can be easy to find, make, and enjoy. As you kick off your grocery shopping in 2018, keep these tips in mind.

  • Think ahead. As you browse through magazines and websites, rip out and print out recipes that look appealing. Then when it’s time to grocery shop, take a moment to browse through those saved favorites to plan a week’s worth of meals. One plan and one grocery list means one (time-saving) trip to the store!  More tips in my Meal Plan with Sheryl eGuide.
  • Think local. Check websites like eatwild.com and localharvest.org to find everything from farmshare/cowshare opportunities to markets featuring local goods.  You’re more likely to find fresh produce, good-quality animal products (from farms rather than factories), and less-processed staples at independent health-focused grocery stores than at mainstream retail giants. Produce markets, farmer’s markets, and ethnic markets are also good places to shop.
  • Think simple. The best ingredients don’t need ingredient labels because they are what they are: fruits, veggies,  meats, fish and seafood, spices, herbs, nuts, seeds, unprocessed dairy products (milk, cream, butter), and unrefined oils are single-ingredient ingredients. And with a little label reading, you can find condiments with simple lists, like nut butter made of just nuts and salt and mustard made with just mustard seeds, vinegar, and salt.  More tips in my Shop with Sheryl eGuide.
  • Think savory. American breakfasts, snacks, and beverages are based on sugar. Try going the savory route and having eggs and bacon for breakfast instead of sugary cereal (some of which is 40% sugar by weight). Instead of snacking on a granola bar, try olives, nuts, or cheese. Or dark chocolate—ounce for ounce, 85% dark chocolate has half the sugar of a granola bar! Enjoy sparkling water with a wedge of lemon instead of a soda. Sixteen ounces of refreshing sparkling water with lemon doesn’t have any sugar, but a 16-ounce Coke has 48 grams of refined sugar.
  • Think positive. You’re going to enjoy feeling healthier and happier in 2018, because it’s going to be a year of great food!



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