With the new year comes resolutions and for three quarters of the country that involves living a healthier lifestyle. For me, eating healthfully is less resolution-driven and more about my ultimate goal to live a long, healthy life. It’s thought that at least 70% of your weight (whether healthy or not) can be contributed directly to food intake, not activity! Now that is not to say that activity isn’t important- it absolutely is essential to keep your muscles toned and flexible and keep your bones and heart strong as you age. But for those who struggle with weight specifically, hitting the gym may not be the BEST you could be doing.
You need to start putting an emphasis on food. You need to evaluate your relationship with food. I am very much in tune with my Italian foodie heritage and trust me when I say in my family food is used as the ultimate aid to any and all celebrations. If you earned straight A’s, you picked a restaurant. On your birthday, mom made your favorite stack of pancakes for breakfast. And let’s not even get into the fact that Italian American Christmas Eves involve SEVEN main dishes.
It’s great to have food help you celebrate life’s accomplishments but Italian families have this wonderful way of making everything into something. Christmas, we can eat like crazy. Ok, sure. But then there’s Christmas Eve, and the day after we can meet with our cousins on your mom’s side, and the three days after we’ll eat leftovers and BOOM, New Years and the whole thing starts over. End of January is my sister’s birthday. Huge party, huge spread of unhealthy food. With so many cousins, there’s a party in this fashion every month or so! With an immediate family of 30, that’s just how it goes.
At the end of the day, you have to make a commitment to yourself, to your health, to your body, to your future. Take whatever offense may come but eat before the party so you only have to try a taste of your aunt’s funky delicacies this time. (You’ll thank me later when you don’t have ageda.)
I am only as good as my planning and that is why I have made a commitment to healthfully preparing my meals in advance so I know what I’m putting into my body. Not only will this save me calories, but also help me eat more disease fighting, fresh foods like pure proteins and fruits, and also seriously cut back on my food bill.
Ready to take the plunge? Give me one week and see how your stomach and wallet feel. Head on over to Meal Prepping 101: Getting Started for this week’s food and a step-by-step guide and budget.