Being one of the the first weeks in the New Year, all everyone is talking about is their resolutions. Gyms are packed, I can't get into any of my SoulCycle classes because everyone decided to take up fitness as a new hobby, it f'in sucks. Also, resolutions can be HARD. They put a lot of pressure to make big life-altering decisions, when really I find that deciding which black top to put on in the morning while running out the door is hard enough, given how busy our days are. However, not all changes have to be big to produce awesome results. You can make some super simple swaps which will make you look and feel better, and best of all, the ones I suggest are pretty easy and will become part of your routine in NO time at all. Check out some of my quick faves:
- Baked > Fried: OK so this seems super basic and obvious. BUT you would be surprised how easy it is to get tripped up on a menu when you're dining out with bae or your besties, and an entree is described as "crispy" which almost always means fried. Other sneaky words that equate to fried are "fitter" or when a food is described as "golden". Ingesting less fried crap means feeling less sluggish, clearer skin, and easier digestion. If you are unsure how a meal is prepared, ask the waiter! Choosing an option that is baked, poached, or even sautéed is the better bet.
- YouTube Workouts > Sleeping In: Forget waking up and absolutely freakin' dreading going out in the dead-ass cold weather in order to get a workout in. I recently discovered the world of fitness classes on YouTube, and couldn't be more pumped. You can find awesome workouts from top fitness instructors, everything from 45 minute cardio parties to 10 a quick 10 minute ab-blast, these babies are changing the game. Besides eliminating the commute to the gym, you can squeeze them in while you're in the process of cooking dinner, as most can be done right in your living room even in teeny NYC apts. Also, there are a ton of FREE options, so don't worry about spending your life savings trying to tighten up that bod.
- Cinnamon > Sweeteners: There is so much controversy swirling over sugar and all of her fake imposters who contain a TON of chemicals. This has seriously caused more drama in the health industry than the Kanye/Kim K divorce speculation in Hollywood. Any way you slice it, both sugar and its substitutions are NOT major keys to looking and feeling your best. While sugar has been known to cause heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, research has shown artificial sweeteners interfere with digestion, increase bloating, and surprisingly also up your sweet-tooth cravings. Cinnamon on the other hand, adds a dessert-like element to your food and bevs. The benefits of this spice are also bomb.com as it aids in lowering blood sugar levels, fighting infection (KEY in the winter time), and is a great source of antioxidants.
- Spaghetti Squash > Spaghetti: Since we aren't trying to be huge Carbie Barbies in 2017, this swap is both easy and efficient, and this veggie is SO good, you won't even miss the pasta here. Spaghetti squash can be prepped in a few different low-maintenance ways, my favorite being poking holes all over with a fork, and putting it in a slow cooker on low for 4 hours. If you don't own a slow cooker, shove this baby in the microwave after pricking it with a fork multiple times, and cook on HIGH for 8 minutes. Once you cut in half and easily scoop out the seeds, you can treat this like you would your fave pasta recipe. In the pic above, I mixed the spaghetti squash with my favorite pesto. Spaghetti squash is high in fiber and unbelievably filling!