If you’re like many of us, you have started each new year with high hopes and expectations for yourself. Lose 20 pounds, get out of debt, earn a promotion, fill in the blank. However, the second you eat your first sweet of the year or receive one Christmas bill in the mail, you instantly have a sinking feeling: “I can’t do it.” It’s overwhelming to set these big goals with no realistic steps to achieve them in between. None of us can reach our end goals without a good, feasible plan.
Eating healthy (or healthier) doesn’t have to be stressful. And guess what? You don’t have to be perfect! It’s a simple swap, like trading the chips for almonds or ice cream for Greek yogurt, which will set you in the right direction toward a healthier lifestyle. Make a choice to trade one item out this week. Do that for a week and feel how much confidence you gain in yourself for that simple swap. Then next week, trade two items out for something that provides a little more fuel. Before you know it, you’ll have created a whole new lifestyle, and doing so didn’t overwhelm you. To make your life a little simpler, we’ve created a shopping list for you with healthier options to choose from. Print this out, pick your favorites, and use it to guide you through the temptations of the grocery store. It’s our hope that by initiating these small and practical changes, you’ll start to create new habits that will stick with you and transform your self-confidence to meet your 2017 goals!