Nutrition Matters – January 2019

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With the new year, here it is on to better things and it is the perfect time to say goodbye to some of the habits that held you back last year.

  1. Skipping Meal Prep: If you are serious about leading a healthier lifestyle, you simply cannot skip out on meal prep. Meal preparation at the beginning of the week can do wonders for your waistline and overall health. By having your meals on hand, you can better avoid the temptation to make bad food choices during the day, and you can control the number of calories you consume each day. The simplest way to meal prep is to come up with 3-4 dishes in large batches and divide them into containers for each meal of the week.
  2. Wasting Time at the Gym: If 2018 was all about Reclaiming Your Time, then there is no time to waste during your workouts in the new year. From here on out, you will have a plan of action before you step foot into the gym. An easy way to plan out your workouts is to write down which parts of the body you want to work on, and then come up with 1 or 2 exercises to work those parts of your body. You can use one day to focus on your lower body and write down exercises for your quadriceps, hamstrings, gluten, and inner and outer thighs. Try to do 3 sets of 8-12 reps of every move on your plan. If you need help planning your workouts before you head to the gym, you can talk to a personal trainer and/or your doctor, also download a fitness app on your phone to walk you through various exercises for your next trip to the gym.
  3. Sacrificing Self Care: Putting yourself on the bottom of your list of priorities is absolutely something that you should leave behind in 2018. Your physical and mental health is essential to being successful in all aspects of your life. In the new year, make a point to put yourself first by scheduling time for self-care with yoga, a massage, a brisk walk, or anything that helps you recharge. You will be better equipped to take care of everyone else in your life if you take care of yourself first!

For additional foods, health and nutrition information contact Shelina Bonner, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Greene County Center at (252)747-5831.