The New Year is around the corner, and with it, a sea of intentions that we create out of a desire to shape our year, our life, and ourselves. But more often than not, these intentions wind up on the bottom of our priority list. And we promise ourselves that next year will be the year. There’s always a next year, after all. But when it comes to your body, you only get one. So why not start now?
Here are 5 easy ways you can incorporate healthy eating into your new year.
Start by looking at what you drink. The holidays mean a lot of toasting. They also mean a lot of eggnog, hot chocolate, holiday drinks, or Christmas Punch. That’s a lot of sugar for your body in such a short period of time. If you want to start small with your New Year’s intention to eat healthier, start simply with replacing your sugary beverages with clean alternatives, like water, fresh juice, and tea.
We know: why would you eat a salad when you could have a slice of leftover pie? Trust us. You’ll feel better for having eaten your greens instead of another piece of holiday pie. Our artisan salad blends contain hand-selected, organic microgreens that are bursting with flavour, nutrients, and that fresh crunch like you’ve just picked them from a garden. If there ever was a time to start eating healthy, it would be with our beautiful greens. You’ll feel full without the guilt.
We love practicing mindfulness when we eat. Too often, we rush around our day. We jump from task to task without stopping to appreciate the present moment, which means we are missing out on a chance to connect to our food, the people who made it, and ground ourselves. Not only does eating mindfully aid in digestion, but chewing mindfully also helps you become more attuned to the flavour profile. Insider tip? Eating mindfully is more than just eating slowly and with intent. It’s about removing distractions from your meal. Don’t eat while scrolling through your newsfeed on your phone. It may be efficient, but it takes you away from the beautiful moment with your food, your body, and your health.
For each meal, try practicing a minimalist diet with only 10 ingredients or less. Stay with us, we know that can sound limiting. However, once you start planning and eating simpler meals, you’ll notice you’ll begin gravitating towards fresh foods that are packed with natural flavours. It may be tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, limiting yourself to a 10 ingredient meal will help you save time, money, and become more conscious of what you’re putting into your body.
Now that you’re a superstar at eating mindfully and are consistently adding more greens to your diet, you’re ready for the real challenge: eating within 100 miles. At Grown Here Farms, we believe wholeheartedly in growing and harvesting locally. It’s good for you and it’s good for the planet, our one and only home. We love providing our community with delicious, organic products and are proud that our efforts benefit the local economy while minimizing our impact on the planet. When you eat local, you are not only supporting your local farmers, you’re investing in your body’s health with fresh, nutrient-dense foods that are good for your body, mind, and soul. Connect with your farmers and you tune into a more sustainable, mindful way of eating.