Welcome to 2013! My witty and insightful cousin, Jessi Hagerty, RD, is here with expert advice on nutrition and deliciousness for staying healthy all year…
1. A good pot and a good pan.
2. A sharp set of knives.
3. A food processor or high powered blender.
It’s a lot easier to eat healthier, if you have healthy foods readily available at all times. Other wise, it’s easy to get hungry, and go for the first thing you can think of: Pizza.
5. A shopping list.
Make a core shopping list, that includes your healthy pantry items. Keep track of what you need more of, so you can get to the grocery store prepared. Now… stick. to. the. list. I promise you this will save you valuable money and time, and keep you on track with your goals. If you want to indulge, add what you want (or the ingredients to make it) to the list. This way, it’s incorporated into your plan, and you’re less likely to over indulge.
6. A calendar… that you look at frequently.
This is a great tool for scheduling workouts, meal planning, and dining out planning. Yes, sometimes schedules change, but to have your exercise scheduled into your week turns it into a personal appointment that you have to stick to.
7. A notebook.
This might not be for everyone, but some people find it helpful to track their progress. It’s a great tool to see how far you’ve come, and can keep you motivated through the obstacles that get in the way to a healthy lifestyle.
8. A gym bag… that you’re not ashamed to carry to work.
I just love the bags Lululemon carries. They’re not for everyone, but as someone who is frequently carrying around a change of clothes, sneakers, tupperware, a laptop or iPad, and an array of papers, pens, lip gloss etc, these bags have a compartment for EVERYTHING. Do I always use all of them? No. But they’re great to have, and easy to carry throughout your busy day… and I get complimented everywhere I go.
9. A good pair of sneakers.
My personal favorite is the Nike Free line, they leave your foot plenty of room to move around in, and are a great shoe for everything from running to strength training. Not to mention their sleek design can easily be work with jeans for a casual look to and/or from work.
10. A friend, family member, or coach that knows about your goal(s).
Let’s face it, we all need someone to motivate us. A friend, family member, life or health coach is a great resource for keeping us on track with our goals. Not to hold you accountable for every small action that you do, but to motivate you to keep going. Plus, you’re more likely to stick with your goals once you put them out into the world.
Am I missing anything? What’s on your prep-list?
Recipe for Sweet Paprika and Tomato Soup
Jessi has been working in the health and fitness field for over 6 years and is currently living and working in Boston, MA as a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, and Movement Instructor. I received my BS in Nutrition and a minor in Dance from Boston University in 2009 and completed a dietetic internship at Oregon Health and Science University in 2011.
Besides writing and consulting for my blog and business Just Bee, I currently work for Whole Foods Market as a Healthy Eating Specialist, and dance with On Stage Dance Company in Boston, MA.