New Year’s Resolution Guide

New Year’s Resolution Guide

New year, NOT new you. A change in the calendar year does not mean you have to change who you are. Quite often New Year’s resolutions make us feel we are not good enough the way we are. 

That’s why we’re here to tell you that you are worthy just as you are right now. 

At Well Balanced we believe that resolutions can start at any time since each new day is a fresh start. However, if you like setting new goals in the new year we are here to help! Below are red flags to look for and simple tips for creating a plan that fits your needs.

Resolution Red Flags

  • Restrictive
    Whether it is a diet or lifestyle change, if it restricts aspects of your life or foods that you enjoy, then it will likely be hard to maintain. Not to mention it is not healthy to cut out food groups, dramatically reduce calories, or withold things we love. Instead of cutting things out, focus on balance or adding in healthier foods and habits.
  • Costly
    Resolutions do not need to break the bank. In fact, many life changing shifts are free. For example, adding in a meditation or gratitude practice costs you nothing financially, but gives you priceless mental gains. 
  • Shaming
    If a resolution includes negative words that make you feel less than or guilty, then it may be beneficial to rethink or reframe it. Instead of telling yourself to “stop” a certain behavior, ask what you can add in or change. Words matter, so make sure your goals have a positive ring to them. 
  • All or nothing
    When making changes, it is important they’re flexible and realistic. If you have to completely stop a behavior or cut out a certain food altogether, then it is not sustainable in the long run. Focusing on small reductions or taking baby steps towards cutting something out will actually make the change more sustainable. 

Tips for a Well Balanced Resolution 

  • Have a list of values
    Before setting goals or coming up with your resolution, write down your core values. Setting goals for goals sake is not always beneficial, whereas goals aligned with your values will help you stay connected to yourself and what matters most to you, making it easier to stick to them. If you need help identifying your values, we recommend starting with Brene Brown’s core values exercise.
  • Make them SMART
    SMART goals are those that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. The more specified the goal or resolution, the better. For example, rather than saying “I want to workout more in the new year” make it SMART by saying “I will go to the gym 3 times a week for the next 3 months and use a workout plan.” When you specify what exactly you are going to do and put time limits around the goal, you are more likely to follow through. 
  • Visualize obstacles
    When setting goals, it is important to visualize possible roadblocks in order to equip yourself with the tools to overcome them. When you imagine possible challenges, you weaken the element of surprise and make it easier to stick to a new habit.
  • Remember: consistency over perfection
    Resolutions are not about perfecting a certain aspect of you or your life, rather they are about growth and evolution. So when it comes to your goals, remember it is more important (and beneficial) to do something consistently rather than perfectly. The more often you participate in a behavior or do something routinely, the more likely it’ll become a habit.

If you’re not sure how to get started, be sure to book a complimentary coaching call with one of our friendly dietitians at Well Balanced Nutrition!

Gift Yourself a Healthy New Year

Gift Yourself a Healthy New Year

During the season of giving to others, you deserve something special too. And there is no better gift than the one you give yourself. Besides, the transition into the new year is the perfect time to treat yourself to something that’ll make it even better. If you’re thinking, “What am I supposed to get myself?”, don’t worry, because you’re in the right place. We have waited all year to share some of our favorite things that make Well Balanced living easier. 

  1. For the meal planner: A weekly meal planning notepad
    This notepad allows you to write all your meals in one place while also serving as a grocery list
  1. For the cook: A veggie chopper/spiralizer
    Save time in the kitchen with this awesome kitchen tool that serves as a veggie chopper, dicer, and spiralizer.

  2. For the egg lover: DASH rapid egg cooker
    This contraption not only makes poached, hard-boiled, and scrambled eggs, but it also can be used for omelets! Bonus: it comes in cute colors

  3. For those who don’t have much time to cook- A slow cooker
    If time is limited, a slow cooker may be what you need. It can provide a wide variety of meals without the hassle of prep and kitchen clean up. Plus, slow cooker meals can easily provide a week’s worth of lunch or dinners.
  1. For the environmentally conscious: Stashers
    Plastic bags are so 2022. Leave the unnecessary waste behind and invest in reusable silicone storage bags. They’re great for snacks, lunches, traveling, and even safe in the freezer, dishwasher, and microwave.

  2. For those with trouble sleeping: Sleep headphones
    If you toss and turn at night, have trouble falling or staying asleep, or simply dislike bulky headphones then this is the gift for you. It is a headband that contains bluetooth speakers making it perfect for sleeping (or exercising).

  3. For the coffee/tea lover: Pressure activated mug warmer
    Do you love to sip on something warm throughout the day but get sick of several trips to the microwave? If you said yes, then this gift is what you need. This mug warmer is the perfect addition to your desk, assuring your beverages stay warm all day long.

  4. For those that don’t drink enough water- 64 oz. motivational water bottle
    Ditch dehydration with this awesome water bottle that reminds you when to drink. Not only is it motivational, it also provides your daily water needs.

  5. For the busy bee- Home gym equipment
    Don’t sweat it if a gym membership isn’t in the cards, this home workout set has enough gear to keep you fit without the weights..

  6. For those interested in learning more about nutrition- A clarity call with one of our coaches
    If you are wanting a friendly guide to walk with you on your health and wellness journey, then it might be time to chat with one of the Well Balanced coaches. Click here to book your complimentary clarity call.
Why eat local?

Why eat local?

As the autumn season rolls in with its warm golden glow and fresh fall air, one cannot help but get excited for vibrant colors on treetops and succulent seasonal flavors. At Well Balanced, we welcome the changing of seasons with open arms as they bring fresh, delicious seasonal foods. To celebrate this transition into the last few months of the year and pay homage to the diverse nutrients this season provides, we’re dedicating October to Mother Earth and focusing on all the ways we can keep her thriving. 

Although there are numerous ways to help keep the planet safe and healthy, we are going to focus on what we love most: food. That’s right, food and the environment are closely related. There is even a fun term for people that eat foods close to home. According to the Oxford Languages online dictionary, a locavore is a person whose diet consists only or primarily of locally grown or produced food.

What are the benefits of being a locavore? 

  • It fosters a healthy environment. Local foods found at farmer’s markets, produce stands, or in the local food section of your grocery store do not have to travel long distances, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprints. 
  • It contributes to and supports the local economy. This, in turn, helps support local farmers and agriculture. This has never been more important, as the 2022 Farm Sector Income report forecasted a $20 billion increase in farm production costs and a $15.5 billion decrease in government subsidies. 
  •  Local foods may have higher nutrient content, as local produce has a shorter time between harvest and when it is consumed. Foods that travel longer distances may lose some of their nutritional value during long periods of transportation through their aging process.  
  •  Local foods are seasonal foods. Eating seasonally benefits the environment by promoting more sustainable agriculture and consumption patterns.
Back-to-School Nutrition Basics 

Back-to-School Nutrition Basics 

Whether you’re getting readjusted to having your kiddos back in school, feeling the demands of those extracurriculars, starting classes, or getting back into the swing of things as the school year ramps up, it can feel like a juggling act to stick to your nutrition or wellness goals. 

The start of this new season is the best time to revisit and renew your health and wellness goals!  Below you’ll find plenty of simple and time-saving ways to ensure your nutrition gets an A+.

Nutrition Tips for Meal Planning

  • Recipe note cards. It’s an oldie but a goodie (or new to you!), write down a few family favorite recipes on note cards and keep them somewhere accessible. When it comes time to plan out the week’s meals and create the grocery list, you’ll already have a stash of recipes you know everyone enjoys. 
  • Opt for frozen produce. These days numerous different items are equally convenient and nutritious. Most grocery stores sell frozen bags of veggies that can easily be popped into the microwave. This is an excellent option for lunches when there is not enough time to cook ahead. The steamed veggies can easily be paired with leftovers or a protein of your choice.  (Tip: top the veggies with your favorite dressing or sauce to add some extra flavor)
  • Make a little extra. If time allows, when preparing dinner, cook an extra chicken breast or serving of that meal, that way, you’ll have something already made to eat with the steamed veggies. This cuts back on cooking time the next day and provides an easy meal without the stress. 
  • One pot meals. If you have a slow cooker or instant pot, one-pot meals such as chili or stew can make dinner less of a hassle. The slow cooker can also be used to cook a side dish ahead of time, such as cabbage, carrots, or potatoes. It can be as easy as throwing the ingredients in and letting them cook while you tackle the to-do list. For some one-pot slow cooker recipes, click here.

Nutrition Tips if You are On the Go

  • Keep snacks in the car. There is no shame in the car snack game! If you are spending hours driving each day, keep some items like trail mix, protein bars, jerky, or whole grain crackers in your car. 
  • Pack breakfast AND lunch ahead of time. Not only having your lunch packed and ready to go, but also your breakfast, can set you up for success–especially if you find yourself rushing out the door. Skipping breakfast can often lead to cravings and poor food choices throughout the day. Opt for options like overnight oats, yogurt parfaits, smoothies, or egg bites that can be made the night before and are easy to grab on the way out. Another option is to have things like trail mix, protein bars, protein shakes, and fruit like bananas, apples, or oranges around that way, you can grab a few items and skip the meal prep. 
  • Plan ahead. If your day is booked back to back with meetings or classes, then scheduling in time for mealtime may be helpful. Some of the brilliant members of the Well Balanced Tribe have voiced how putting lunch on their schedule helped them take the time to stop working or studying to eat. Simply looking at the day or week ahead can help you get an idea of when and where you might be able to eat.

Time Efficient Recipes

Tools for Simplifying Meal Prep 

  • Veggie chopper: this easy-to-use tool minimizes the time you spend chopping and helps create more uniform pieces of your favorite veggies
  • Veggie spiralizer: add some flare to your pasta nights with this veggie spiralizer; it can transform many veggies into noodles
Vegetarian Curry in a Flash

Vegetarian Curry in a Flash

Some days (or weeks or months) are just too crazy to spend hours in the kitchen each week. That’s why at Well Balanced we are always looking for simple meals that are just as quick as they are nutritious. Our newest recipe is brought to you by Coach Bella’s favorite store, Trader Joe’s. It calls for a few frozen items, some seasoning, and some tofu. The best part it is it requires minimal cooking. Just a few minutes in the microwave, a little sauté action, and BOOM- a fast, delicious, and well balanced meal (or meals) is ready to be enjoyed.

Well Balanced Tip: if you use more than one package of the frozen rice and channa masala (like the recipe calls for), then you are likely to have enough food for a few people or few meals worth, However, if you are only in need of one meal then use half a bag of rice, 1/4-1/2 of a block of tofu, and one channa masala.

For those that track: if you follow the recipe, the macro breakdown per serving is:

  • 445 calories
  • 14.5 g fat
    • 2.75 g saturated fat
  • 58 g carbohydrates
    • 5.5 g fiber
  • 18.5 g protein

Trader Joe’s Tofu and Chickpea Curry on Rice

Need a delicious, plant-based meal in a flash? Try this quick and easy recipe the next time you need something simple yet nutritious without racing against the clock.

  • Microwave
  • pan
  • 2 bags Trader Joe's frozen jasmine or brown rice
  • 2 packages Trader Joe's frozen Channa Masala
  • 1 package Trader Joe's organic sprouted tofu
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  1. Microwave the rice and chickpea channa masala

  2. Saute the tofu in a pan with curry powder and garlic powder

  3. Combine everything and enjoy

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