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Realistic Self-Improvement Goal Ideas for 2022

2022 is the Year to Eat Better

“You are what you eat.”

“A healthy outside starts from the inside”

“Abs are made in the kitchen.”

Whether it’s for weight loss, heart health, muscle-building, or something else — we’ve all heard or seen little adages our entire life about the importance of our nutrition. We all know that we should probably eat a little healthier. It isn’t the hardest thing in the world to eat healthier, and I think many of us know that as well.

So why don’t we?

My guess would be that habits are hard to break. We LEARN what to eat at an early age and the rest gets drilled into us by lifestyle and repetition.

So, why not try repeating the good stuff (and “yes” – good can mean both “tasty” AND “healthy”)?

Happy couple standing in kitchen at home preparing together yummy dinner on first dating, spouses chatting enjoy warm conversation and cooking process, caring for health, eating fresh vegetable salad

I have shown examples here of how I try to cook better for myself from time-to-time and how I even tried going primarily vegan for a while because of a documentary I saw (and I still eat less meat than I used to up to this day). But you don’t HAVE to do that. There are easier things you can do to eat a little healthier in 2022.

For instance…

  • I personally use this company called Territory to deliver meals to my door now. Not things that I have to prepare – just things that I can heat up at my leisure. They’re region specific, but I’m positive that if you’re not in an area this service covers – you’re in an area that’s covered by SOMETHING. Search around until you find a healthy meal prep alternative.
  • If you do want to cook a little bit and try the vegan thing out like I did, go nuts! There are plenty of online guides and cookbooks to help you find your way through that world, and you come across great resources like this one that was compiled on DeliveryRank.
  • If you don’t have time for that and you don’t like leftovers – it’s a wonderful year to try some food swaps. Instead of Taco Bell — go for Chipotle (it’s healthier). If you like fish and you haven’t really done it before — try sushi.
  • There are entire support groups out there full of people who would be embarking on the same food journey as you, so you wouldn’t have to take those strides alone.

Your options for healthy food alternatives stop with your imagination. If you want to start eating healthier, there’s literally nothing stopping you with all of the options that are out there right now. Healthier food used to cost you an arm and a leg, yes — but now? You have SOOOOOO many things to choose from.

Just look around, and I promise that you can make the new year the time that you realize that goal for yourself.

PS: No judgment here from the author. I went and got not one – but 2 burgers, an order of fries, and a cookies n’ cream milkshake from Shake Shack after I wrote this — and I’m celebrating the 2022 return of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza with many others. Just because you eat healthy most of the time doesn’t mean you can’t indulge some of the time.

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