Guest post by Camile Sardina
Have you determined your New Year Resolutions for 2015 yet?
No matter the New Year, changing your lifestyle never equates to easy.
All the planning and sacrifices to meet the goals can be overwhelming, and those headaches might
just take you to quitsville.
To ease your way into 2015, start with baby steps.
From food, to fitness, to focus advice, here are six simple resolutions recommended by health
and tech experts:
1. Cook Healthier
Health Expert: Rich Goldstein, Owner of Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts
Tip: Utilize Natural Epicurean’s website that offers healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With dishes like Roasted Eggplant and Asparagus Spears and Coconut Ice Cream Cake, you’ll forget you’re actually dieting.
“The #1 resolution every year is to eat healthier. Health begins in the kitchen. Natural Epicurean is here to help people not only make this resolution, but to truly stick to it by offering tools, techniques, and support. Our students are committed to make lasting changes to their diets, and to America’s as well.”
2. Go Vegetarian
Health Expert: Cindi Avila, Vegetarian Chef
Tip: Choose the vegetarian options in the produce aisle at your grocery store.
“Forget about just resolving to eat healthier, this new year you should resolve to ditch meat permanently. No more excuses about it being hard! Going vegetarian is super easy now thanks to an array of products in your grocery store. So where should you look for your proteins? Check the produce aisle for dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, also stay on that aisle and look for meat substitutes like the great ones from Veggie Patch. You can also find hummus there, which is full of protein. My favorites are from Tribe because they have so many flavors. Also on the canned food aisle load up on beans. They are so versatile and can be used in countless different dishes.”
3. Work Out Realistically
Health Expert: Karena Wu, Owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy
Tips (follow the steps):
- Write a list. Review the list to see what is realistically achievable. Don’t make the diet so rigid and the exercise so intense. Your calorie intake needs to be in line with your exercise and weight loss goals.
- Start with 2-3 sessions/week, depending on your schedule. More, if you can realistically achieve it.
- Make your workouts 15-20 minutes. Don’t go all in on the first session. Soreness after the workout can set you back and can ruin your resolve in getting back into the workout routine.
- Remember to stretch after your workout. That way your muscles don’t shorten too much and you help move any lactic acid out of the muscle tissue (this is what causes your soreness).
- Take a hot bath for any soreness. Remember, starting into a workout routine to get healthy and lose weight also includes some pampering and mental attention so take a minute and relax!
4. Switch-Up the Family Food Routine
Health Expert: Chef Mark Bailey, NYC Private Chef
Tips (three recommendations):
- To keep the spice (and the love) in your relationship, you should have breakfast in bed with a loved one at least once a week.
- With the increased popularity of Vegan cuisine, try to commit to two meatless days a week instead of just Meatless Monday.
- To keep the family from always predicting their next meal, you should resolve to cooking one new recipe per week.
5. Make Your Ideas a Reality
Business Expert: Solomon Choi, Owner of 16 Handles
Tip: Go for it already!
“Resolve to get that idea you’ve been dreaming about a reality! I loved the frozen yogurt business and rather than waiting years to get started, I learned the business from the ground up & in turn opened the business of my dreams. So many make resolutions that fizzle out in a couple of weeks. Stay dedicated to this year’s resolution, and you just might find yourself sticking to it for life.”
6. Be Clean Online
Tech Expert: Aaron Ross, Owner of Ross Backup
Tip: Only post and do things online that you’d feel comfortable with the whole world knowing.
“Resolve that anything you do online, you would not be embarrassed to do in front of your spouse or kids. You know what this means. Only post things you want the whole world to see and that you won’t regret in the future. Celebrities this means you too!”
About the author:
Camile Sardina is a communications chameleon living in NYC.
People inspire her. Food excites her. Writing, music and dance revive her. (@camilesardina)
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