Rethink Food and Dining with Your New Year's Resolution

2020 is coming to a close (good riddance) and with quarantines, shutdowns, and the general stress of traversing pandemic norms many people have fallen into bad food and dining habits.

New Year, New Food Habits

Make your New Year's resolution about getting back on track in 2021. Here are some great ideas to get you started.

Join a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs connect farmers directly with consumers and it's the best way to get the freshest, local ingredients. Consumers buy “shares” from a local farm and in return receive a box of produce (and sometimes other items like eggs, homemade bread, meats, and cheese) at appointed times each month. This benefits the farmer by giving them cash flow earlier in the season and a way to get to know the people their farms are feeding. Alternatively, the consumer may be exposed to new vegetables, learn about how food is grown and why certain practices are better for the environment. It cuts down on plastic packaging and emissions from delivery trucks too. The shared stake in the success of local farms leads to a “we're in this together” mentality that creates a community camaraderie like none other. Find a CSA near you.

Recipes from Scratch

It's much easier to make healthy food decisions when you're involved in every step of the process. Making food from scratch is the best way to control what's in each meal and portion sizes. But what to make? If you need inspiration, check out the recipe of the day from Food Network. Each day, they feature between 20 and 30 recipes to give you ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks to power you through your day. There are several recipes from celebrity chefs like Alton Brown's pulled pork or Giada's frittata with asparagus, tomato, and fontina cheese. There are even kid-friendly recipes such as 30 hot dog topping ideas.

If you need inspiration, check out the recipe of the day from Food Network | WhereTraveler
Food Network Recipe of the Day "Roasted Turkey Breast with Glazed Vegetables (Photo by Jonny Valiant, 2010)

Try a New Diet

There are so many diets out there but which one is the right one for you? Consulting your doctor is the best way to make decisions about your health and dieting but not everyone has easy access to healthcare. Take the five-minute diet quiz from Trifecta Nutrition. This organic meal service helps you eat in ways the best fit your training regimen. They take care of the meal planning, shopping, and cooking so you can focus on achieving your goals. They take into account your preferences, budget, and lifestyle to deliver the meals and a plan that is right for your individual needs. The science-backed, nutritious recipes rotate weekly so there's no recipe burnout. Plans can accommodate macro-counter, keto, paleo, clean, and vegan diets.

Trifecta Nutrition helps you eat in ways the best fit your training regimen | WhereTraveler
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Eat Local

Sometimes food and dining resolutions aren't about improving what you're eating but about making what you eat matter. Thousands of small, local restaurants are struggling as the pandemic rages on with little to no relief in sight. Ordering takeout once a week from your favorite eateries is a wonderful way to help them stay on their feet. You can also help a broader range of restaurant and bar workers by donating to any of these organizations. They're helping provide emergency relief and meals to hospitality professionals across the country.

You can also help a broader range of restaurant and bar workers by donating to organizations providing emergency relief and meals to hospitality professionals | WhereTraveler
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Nutrition Apps

Personal chefs and meal kits can be expensive. Take matters into your own hands with smartphone apps that help you track your nutrition. If your biggest concern is the nutrients you're putting into your body, download Nutrients-Nutrition Facts (formerly named Foodle). The app helps your track what nutrients are in package foods as well as your own recipes. Track your meals and receive a complete breakdown of your daily nutrition. The SuperFood-Healthy Recipe app helps you discover new, healthy recipes while simultaneously tracking your calories. The recipe database is huge so you'll never get bored. Check out some of the best nutrition apps of 2020 here.

Exercise Apps

Getting healthy and losing weight is only partly based on what you eat. The rest is about getting that body moving! Gyms may not be open in every locality, but there are plenty of apps that can help you get shredded at home. Yogis should download Down Dog, a highly customizable app that is less than $8 a month. Select how long you want to practice, what parts of your body you want to focus on, and how long you'd like to spend in your savasana. The flow will be tailored to you. The Couch to 5K program is perfect for those just beginning their fitness journey. The app encourages small, incremental progress towards a 5K and helps novices become runners in no time.