We may be halfway through January but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on living a healthy lifestyle just yet! You can also start a new health focused life now too.
While there are many fads and trends out there, one thing for sure is that healthy food eating should be a lifestyle. A couple popular options, such as Paleo and Whole30, and more familiar ways, like cutting out dairy or sugar, all have benefits. What matters is finding a way to eat that works for each individual. So we’ve broken down four healthy food lifestyles and ways you can jump on the bandwagon if you want to try them out!
Paleo, also known as the Paleolithic or “caveman” diet, is all about going back to the food our early ancestors ate when hunting and gathering was their only option: meats and vegetables plus some fruits. You eliminate processed foods, refined sugar, carbs, legumes and dairy and put the focus back on real, whole foods. If this sounds appealing to you, there are several cookbooks you can get to find simple recipes. You can use these Barnes and Noble coupons, offers and deals to save extra money.
A great way to hit the reset button on your eating habits, Whole30 is a 30-day clean-eating plan. Essentially you give up anything that has a negative impact on your health, such as dairy, sugar, grains, legumes and alcohol. It may seem daunting but as with any new lifestyle or developing new habits, it’s best to keep these items out of your kitchen. Out of sight, out of mind. Fortunately the meal-delivery service Blue Apron is offering Whole30 meals you can prepare at home. Through Feb. 28 they are offering 8-weeks of Whole30-certified recipes. Plus you can get $40 off your first month using these Blue Apron coupons and offers.
The old joke is that you don’t have to ask if someone is a vegan; they’ll tell you. Jokes aside, there are healthy food benefits to going vegan. A vegan diet simply focuses on plant-based foods and eliminates all animal products. There are still ways to get all the protein you need without eating meat.
If you want to try going vegan (even if only for 30 days) but don’t know where to start, check out the Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck cookbook. Some of the recipes include Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos, Pumpkin Chili and Grilled Peach Salsa. Sounds delicious. You can save money on your own copy using these Books-A-Million coupons and deals.
If you spent the holidays going to town on cookies and baked goods, going low-sugar could be the healthy food reset you need. Science has proven the benefits of eating less sugar, from better focus to weight loss and much more. The American Heart Association recommends women eat less than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day and men stick to less than 9 teaspoons. Track the amount of added sugar (not sugar that occurs naturally in fruit and such) in the foods you eat to get an idea of where you can cut back and make better choices.