Prioritizing Your Health Is Easier With These 5 Practices

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthy, lose weight, reduce stress, or enjoy more time with loved ones, our resources will help make being healthy easier than ever before!

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • January 1, 2019

It’s a brand new year and that means turning over a new leaf. Instead of making a long list of things you want to change, we can help you focus on the right steps to prioritize your health. Because, after all, the last thing you want at the end of this year is to be reminded that your 2019 New Year’s resolution was never completed. That’s why we’ve come up with 5 tips that will help you achieve your goal by the end of the year!

1. Keep it Simple

When you sit down and reflect on what you want to change in your life, sometimes it seems like you have to change everything. But everything is too much for 365 days. So pick 1-2 health goals for the year and stick to them. It’s much better to make a couple real, long-term changes than to make a dozen half changes.

If you’re now realizing that your 2019 resolutions were a little too broad or ambitious, there’s no shame in scaling them back to something more manageable. In a month from now, you’ll certainly be glad you did!

2. Set Realistic Goals

Make sure whatever health goals you make are attainable and sustainable. Since countless reports have shown that the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions are never completed, it’s important to make one that you can keep.

Since everybody’s got to eat, we suggest focusing your goals around the food you put in your body. Our food fuels all our cells and directly impacts our energy levels, weight, and overall physical and mental health. Nothing is quite as important. Yet eating well is a challenge for most people.

Luckily, our meal plan service has devised an integrated way to make healthy eating practical, easy, streamlined, and inexpensive. For only $6-8 per month, we have delicious recipe menus and resources to cook healthy meals, lose weight, save money, and save time. With us, it’s easy to change how you eat while achieving a host of other goals at the same time!

But remember! If you know for certain that you only have a few hours each week to cook, don’t aim for the “try a new recipe every day” resolution. Instead, choose quick meals that can be doubled up for lunch leftovers, or pick a day to cook up our freezer meal recipes in bulk so you’re never left without a good meal. All of our recipes have adjustable serving sizes for leftovers and have tags to help you search for exactly what you need (like “Quick and Easy,” “Budget,” and “Freezer-Friendly”).


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Another great bonus is that every meal of ours comes with 4 recipe versions. You can enjoy original, gluten-free, vegetarian, and Paleo meals every week, which gives you the flexibility to stick with one diet or switch off whenever your body needs a change.

Now that you know the integrated benefits of prioritizing your health with our online meal plan, we can help you stay with it.

3. Get into a Rhythm

You may have resolved to cook more often in the past, only to conclude it is too hard in busy modern life. But it’s important to realize that the main reason people don’t stick to a new practice is because they are simply not used to it.

Now you may have heard that it takes about 3 weeks to form a new habit. Well, that may or may not be true. According to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it took an average of 66 days to really solidify a habit. That means that if you really want to change your eating habits, it’s probably best to make sure you have some reliable infrastructure to help you get in a groove.

That’s where a good meal plan comes in. We know that it may sound like using a meal plan won’t make a big difference, but you can never overestimate the power of a good plan. When you don’t have to put in any extra work but have an automatic routine of weekly menus delivered to your inbox, grocery lists created for you, access to hundreds of healthy recipes, and daily tips on how to save time on every meal you cook, it will be hard not to achieve your health goals!

Since you now know that we can help you seamlessly get into a good, sustainable routine, you may be wondering about when life gets hectic. That leads us to our fourth tip . . .

4. Keep Stress Levels Down

The more stressed we are, the less likely we are to stick to a new regiment, even if it’s pretty easy. Unfortunately, that’s just the way it works. That’s why our meal plan service reduces stress levels and helps you get healthier simultaneously.

You already know that our stress-free meal plan helps regulate daily life and gets you into an autopilot routine. But, what if the act of cooking has always stressed you out? Well, we have you covered there. We have basic cooking method videos embedded directly into each and every one of our recipes. With a click of a button, you’ll get to see a quick demonstration of the easiest and fastest way to prepare kale, roast root veggies, or butterfly a chicken breast. Also, we have a Lessons section of our website devoted to helping you understand fundamental cooking techniques and when to use what.

To really take the edge off of cooking a recipe for the first time, think about taking Nourish – our 6 week online cooking class. In this course, you won’t just learn how to cook restaurant-worthy meals in no time, you’ll also learn how to organize your kitchen around your busy life and home so you never feel stressed when you enter your kitchen.

Once you know cooking basics, getting dinner ready won’t be intimidating anymore and a new and exciting world will open up to you!

Still not entirely convinced that you can really start cooking to get healthy? Consider our final tip.

5. Know Yourself

Forcing yourself to do something that is the complete opposite of you doesn’t usually yield the desired results. If you really want to reach your health goals, try working with your strengths or removing weaknesses from the equation. Here are a few ideas:

  1. If portion control is your biggest weakness, get this Precise Portions plate. And use it. Daily.
  2. If you love logs and lists, try MyFitnessPal – a free website and mobile app that has customizable diet goals and the largest food database to track your meals. Luckily, our meal plan recipes integrate directly with the app so you don’t need to spend time on any extra steps.
  3. If time is your most frequent constraint, get your groceries delivered to your door with Instacart. Our meal planner can directly send your grocery list to Instacart with the click of a button.
  4. If cooking isn’t your favorite pastime, motivate yourself by listening to your favorite playlists, downloading a new audio book, or finding great podcasts to enjoy while whipping up dinner. See our cooking community’s 2018 favorite picks list for ideas!

There’s no time like the present to make your health a priority. If you really want to eat well, lose weight, save money, and have more time for exercise in 2019, our meal plan service will help you reach your goals! If you subscribe today, we’ll help you stick to your New Year’s resolution and start living a healthier life with ease.

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