This is a sponsored post on behalf of fairlife, as part of my ambassadorship with the company. All opinions expressed are my own.
OK, so January and half of February has come and gone – How many of your New Years’ resolutions for healthy eating have already gone by the wayside? If you’re committed to good health, but you haven’t quite managed to live up to your lofty New Year’s goals, now’s the time to refocus. Here are some (achievable) healthy mantras that you can establish and maintain:
Cut down on sugar – Seriously, who needs more sugar in their diets? Hidden sugar is one of the biggest scourges in our collective attempts to keep the weight off. Look for no-sugar alternatives in the stuff that you don’t need sugar in (tomato sauce, bread, salad dressings… the list goes on) and opt for lower sugar when you can. Exhibit A: fairlife ultra-filtered milk, which has half the sugars, 50% more protein, and 30% more calcium than regular milk.
Know your portion sizes – You may think of yourself as scaling back, but are you really scaling back? Resolve to measure your portion sizes out for just a week. By that time, you should be better at eye-balling what’s a cup, what’s a half cup, etc. (Bonus: If you know your portion sizes, you’ll be less likely to overdo it on the added sugar in your drinks like coffee and tea.)
Clean the fridge – Is your fridge a source of healthy choices… or a junk food trap? Set aside an afternoon to give your fridge a good hard-core purge, and free yourself of those tempting foods that you don’t really need (we’re looking at you, caramel dessert sauce…)
Aim for more color – Use color as your guide, and aim to have each meal burst with color. That’s the way you can be sure you’re getting a healthy variety of fruits and vegetables. If your plate is all beige, white, and brown, you know you’ve got to do a better job of mixing it up. We usually ask our kids, “Did you eat anything green today?” but we sometimes make them think twice by adding, “Did you eat anything orange? Did you eat anything purple? Did you eat anything red?”
Eat with intention – Eating while watching TV, chomping down on chips right out of the bag, grabbing food mindlessly at parties… all of these things can lead to overeating. Plan out – or even measure out – what you’re going to eat ahead of time and don’t let boredom or anxiety lead you to careless eating.
Give yourself a nighttime treat – If you eliminate all treats, you’re going to feel deprived – and you’re more likely to lapse into a binging situation. Instead, follow the lead of fairlife co-founder Sue McCloskey, who swears by a short glass of fairlife chocolate ultra-filtered milk at the end of each day. It’s a tasty, rich treat that feels decadent but contains half the sugar of regular chocolate milk.
See? Not so hard, and something that you can see yourself sticking with through all the way to December… and beyond.