Posted on December 20, 2018
You’re finally ready to make a change. You know things have been out of balance lately and you want to learn how to take control of health: mind and body. Use this checklist to get a jump start on a healthier new year!
To make lasting changes, keep yourself accountable. Setting even the smallest goals will move you closer to a healthier you. Tackle these ideas with a friend, take daily notes in a journal, or use an app to keep yourself on track. You’ve got this!
Instead of rushing around with an eye always on the clock, try going to bed a half hour earlier and waking up a half hour earlier. This practice will give you more time to do some stretching, set a positive intention for the day, and prepare a healthy breakfast.
Starting each day with milk poured over cereal, mixed in a smoothie, or a served in tall glass may help keep you feeling fuller longer so you might avoid mindless snacking. Plus, milk is filled with essential vitamins A, B12, and D in addition to calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and riboflavin.
When we’re short on time and our stomachs are growling, we tend to grab what’s quick and easy. Unfortunately, that’s not always the healthiest of options. To make better decisions, spend a few hours each week collecting ideas and preparing snacks and meals ahead of time.
We love the idea of using Pinterest boards to stay organized. Consider these categories to get started: Weeknight Meals, After School Snacks, and Weekend Recipes. As you scroll your social media feeds, pin the recipes you see to your boards. Then, set aside a few hours on the weekend to make a grocery list, shop and prep healthy food for the week ahead. Get started with our never-fail Corn Chowder.
For many of us, our time is shared each day with everyone who relies on us, including our employer, family, friends, pets, and significant others. Sometimes, this leaves little “me time” to focus on our personal wellness.
Block out a half hour each day in your schedule. It might be early in the morning before anyone wakes up or later in the evening after the kids have gone to bed. Use this pocket of time to exercise, read, learn a new hobby, linger in a hot bath, meditate, sip a mug of hot chocolate, work on a craft project, or whatever brings you relaxation and joy. By taking care of yourself, you become a better friend and family member to those you love.
As you think about improving your mornings, planning ahead for meals, and carving out a little more time for yourself, be sure you have enough milk on hand to achieve it all. From quick breakfasts to homemade dinners, try a2 MilkⓇ – it’s easier on digestion and may help some avoid discomfort. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2019 ahead!