January is the season for fresh starts, including in the
kitchen. This is the best time of year to wipe the slate clean, right the ship and get back to healthier eating habits. It can be tough to do this immediately
after the holiday season, but sometimes all it takes is a little willpower and
some simple resolutions tacked to your fridge. Here are the give tips I live by
to get my New Year off to a clean-eating start:
1) Hydration: As difficult as it is, I try to give up my
nightly glasses of wine for the month. The dry air of January can be very
dehydrating so I focus on drinking lots of water throughout the day and
evening. To change it up a little I infuse water with fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. Some sliced cucumbers and a sprig of rosemary lends water delicious
flavor and makes a great mocktail!
2) Stock Up: Stock your fridge with the good stuff to deter
you from the bad stuff. Lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and water should
always be within your reach. Being able to easily access the healthy foods is a
great way to keep your focus!
3) Know Your Weakness: I know that 4 p.m. is snack-attack time
for me so I strategize to have a few healthy things on hand. I also make sure I
am NOT in the kitchen at this time. This keeps me from grazing mindlessly on
salty treats. If you know your weakness, you can make a plan around it.
4) Find Inspiration: This is a great time to make notes
about new recipes you'd like to try. Leaf through publications and websites
that focus on clean eating recipes and keep a stack of them at the ready for
5) Cook at Home: Days get long and difficult in January, but
stick to your resolve to cook at home. This will help you steer clear of unhealthy
takeout and keep you on track with your clean eating goals!