Everyone loves making a New Year’s resolution to live healthier; not so much following them through though. Made with the best intentions, it’s easy to let these goals fall by the wayside as the year wears on. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the little things that can help keep these resolutions in sight, and make for a happier, more successful year.
Just remember: aiming for a radical overhaul is much more likely to fail than succeed. Picking up some new routines and integrating them into your daily life is the key. So, be realistic – you probably won’t transform into a gym bunny overnight, but you can keep up a regular stream of activity.
Losing weight and staying healthy are two of the most popular resolutions for the New Year. But, going about achieving them can be a challenge.
This year, don’t wing it. The secret weapon for keeping on top of progress is wearable fitness technology, like the FitBit range. Chances are you know someone who received one as a gift for Christmas, and there’s a good reason for that – FitBits keep meticulous track of the important fitness metrics, charting real progress. Effectively, it’s almost like a game, and you’re working toward a higher score.
Buy and Cook in Bulk
This one ticks a few different boxes for the resolutions, namely eating healthier, cooking more and saving money. Cooking a great meal every night can be a daunting prospect, but you’d be surprised how much easier it is when you’ve got a few meal elements handily premade.
To do this, you’ll need to set aside a day – perhaps one Saturday a month – to get a whole lot of cooking done.
To get you started, here are three easily prepared ingredients that freeze well:
Pulled meats are simple to make, cooked low and slow in either the oven or a slow cooker. You just need to use the right cuts, like lamb or pork shoulder, or beef chuck. After shredding the cooked meat with two forks, let it cool, and then portion into zip-lock bags. Now you’ve got a handy supply of protein that can star in a variety of dishes, from shepherd’s pie to tacos!
Rice – simple to make, but a bit of a chore on a weeknight. All you need to do is pack it flat in a freezer bag, and you’ll have portions ready to go!
Stocks of all kinds are a kitchen staple, but can be incredibly time-consuming to make. It can be cooked with offcuts and bones that you might otherwise discard, like that ham bone from Christmas, or the carcass of a roast chicken. Stick a big pot of it on the stove to boil up for a few hours while you’re cooking, and it’s done! Then portion into containers (1L should do the trick).
But where to put all these fabulous frozen meals? If your kitchen freezer is light on space, and you’ve got room in the garage, look into picking up a chest freezer. With all the extra room, it’s easier to take advantage of supermarket specials on perishable food.
Stop Skipping Breakfast!
What’s the difference between a fancy smoothie from a juice bar or health food shop, and the one you can make at home? Well, aside from a pretty steep price mark-up, the difference can be the blender.
A blender that can truly pulverise every ingredient, like the Nutri Ninja, will change your morning routine. A standard blender is great for regular fruit smoothies, but adding ingredients like muesli or chia seeds can leave a gritty texture. A higher-end blender produces completely smooth beverages. That makes it easier to get in all the nutrition you need, without the need for a whole lot of cooking.