Not only is everyone hyper focused on their finances in the New Year, but people are also checking for their health! Which they obviously should be of course. Just like your money, health is wealth.
One of my personal goals for the New Year was to really take the time to invest the time and dedication to my health. The more I started to mentally plan for what I wanted to try to do to reach that goal the more I realized just how much your fitness and your finances go hand in hand.
1. Buy Groceries
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Abs are made in the kitchen?” well, maybe you don’t necessarily want abs, but health essentially starts, in the kitchen. Really start to plan for your grocery trips, maybe even start to enjoy grocery shopping, grab healthier food options, and slowly improve your game plan every trip. Not only will your body thank you, but your wallet will definitely appreciate the decline of your overactive swiping in your favorite local drive through line or restaurant.
2. … Actually Cook What You Bought
Hmm, yes I’m talking to you. Mr. or Ms. “I go to the store to buy fruits and veggies and still manage to let them rot while I eat pizza and take out.” I see you. I’m sure we’ve all done it, or at least I know I have countless times (shame on me!). No more of that this year. When you do your grocery shopping, actually come home and cook the delicious food that you bought. Just a really easy step to ensure that you’re giving your body the right things, and also that you’re not wasting money.
Check out my post “Meal Planning 101. How I Meal Plan for my Family of 5” to learn some tips to meal plan for your own family!
3. Make Leftovers (Or Meal Prep)
While you’re cooking those delicious healthy food options, why not plan ahead and make a little bit extra. After all, it was probably hard enough to even make it to this step if this isn’t something you’re always use to doing. Why over complicate the process when you could just do some quick and easy, lazy meal prep? Making extra means that you’ll have food on hand, healthy food at that, and it cuts down the need for you to reach for something quick and unhealthy when you’re hungry.
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4. Make a Plan When Splurging
I can’t expect you to never eat out. For some people, getting out and being social is a priority for them, and the worst thing you could do during a lifestyle change is to deprive yourself completely. Something small that you can do when you know that you’ll be going out is to make a plan. Look over the menu online and find something that won’t really throw you too far off of all of your healthy progress. It also helps when you’re cautious of your coins because you can plan your outing earlier or later to catch lunch or late night specials. I’ve even gone to grab something from my favorite fast food place to treat myself, and instead of spending a few extra dollars and a lot of extra calories on a whole meal, I opted for just the entrée and made some sort of salad or fresh veggies at home. Balance!
4.5 Always grab a To Go box!
When making plans to go out, try to plan to bring home a To Go box. It helps you eat a smaller portion, and it also means you get to enjoy your splurge the following day.
5. Drink your water!
Whether you’re at home, or out to eat, drinking water is going to be both the healthiest and financially feasible option for you. Your body will thank you for hydrating it with something fresh and sugar free, and you don’t have to worry about overspending on sugary drinks with empty calories. Water, Water, Water. You can never have too much of it.
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