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Start the New Year With Clean Eating

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 inspiration.

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!


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