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The new year is here! With that in mind, first of all, I’d like to wish you a happy New Year. Lots of health, unforgettable moments and achievements. Probably you already have some New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you want to eat healthier? Cooking with fresh ingredients despite the stressful everyday life with job and kids? You want to produce less food waste, cook more consciously and sustainably?
Let me tell you, you’re not alone with these intentions. Since I’m vegan, these points are exactly my daily mantra. Sometimes it works better, sometimes less. That’s why “healthy and sustainable cooking” stays on my resolution list every year. And the more you practice it, the more you get used to it. Until at some point it becomes natural.
If you have set exactly these goals for your new year, but are still looking for inspiration, tips, and help, you have come to the right place. This year I‘d like to take you by the hand and help you cook healthier and more plant-based food in an uncomplicated way despite your stressful everyday life. You‘ll not only find simple and quick plant-based recipes here on the blog. But also information about nutrition, useful tools to make cooking easier in everyday life, as well as tips to avoid Foowaste and to live more sustainable. With the articles linked below, you can get started right away and read up on some topics. Ready to start healthy into the new year?
Start healthy into the new year with these 10 tips
Here are a few simple tips that you can apply immediately. They will help you on your way to your well-being and a healthier diet:
- Drink a glass of lukewarm water after getting up, and with every meal.
- Reduce your coffee consumption to 2 cups per day. Alternatively, you can drink golden milk, decaffeinated tea or barley grass latte (recipe in my ebook).
- Eat 2 fruits a day.
- Serve one serving (approx. 125g) of vegetables with each main meal. For breakfast, you can use homemade vegetable juices or smoothies. Switch from wheat to whole grain products
- Add spices like chili, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon to your menu. They have warming, metabolism stimulating effects and/or strengthen the immune system.
- Eat a handful of nuts every day.
- Take a digestive walk of at least 15 minutes each day. If you want a greater challenge, try 10,000 steps a day.
- Try to avoid processed foods at least four days a week. If you still consume animal products, try not to eat any on as many days as possible. Here I can highly recommend the “Veganuary Program” or you can cook your way through the numerous recipes on the blog and my Pinterest account
- Try to drink alcohol only on weekends, if at all. 1 to a maximum of 2 glasses are enough.
Of course, these are just a few suggestions which you can adapt according to your preferences. For several topics on this list, there will be posts here on the blog in the future.
A few topics on healthy plant-based nutrition to start with
- Healthy lifestyle
- local superfoods
- plant-based alternatives to animal products
- all you need to know about becoming vegan
- 18 tips on how to reduce food waste
- why you should go vegan
- sustainable diet
- sugar alternatives – are they really healthier
- refined sugar & what it does to your body
If you like you can write your questions and concerns in the comments. Is there something that causes you particular difficulties? Maybe staying hydrated? Put vegetables on your plate every day? Shopping seasonally or regionally? Whatever it is, write it in the comments or contact me directly via email.
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