Getting back on track

I have officially declared this week my “get back on track” week. With all the overindulging the holidays bring, it usually makes it pretty difficult to return to my healthy eating routine. For me, I find that after a period of gluttonous pleasure, the week of getting back on track is always the hardest. I have had little motivation to work out and breaking the sugar habit is a challenge in and of itself. However, I have learned that if I power through the first week and stick to a healthy regimen, I end up feeling more energized and motivated to continue on after that. So if you are struggling to begin your New Year’s resolution to a healthier you and are still wanting to grab for the cookies or sweets, just stick with it, together we can get through this đŸ˜‰

This week I will try to provide you with some easy, go-to recipes to help power you through your intro to the new year. In a time when pizza and pasta are more appealing to me than salads and vegetables, I have been staying energized and satisfied with oatmeal, winter smoothies, juices, salads with vegan Caesar dressing (this stuff will make you want to eat salads), Panera’s black bean soup (I highly recommend!), and this scrumptous dinner:

Tofu “fried” rice

This was completely amazing. If you are craving chinese takeout, then I suggest you try this meal. I find that most of the time, I can recreate a takeout or restaurant meal that is healthier and tastes just as good, or better, than the original version. It may take a little longer than grabbing takeout, but the results are worth it. With a few simple ingredients, this tasty dish will be on your table in about 40 minutes.

Tofu “fried” rice

Ingredients:
1 cup dry brown rice
1/2 block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed with a towel to remove moisture
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
2 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
1. Cook rice according to package. Generally, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add rice, reduce heat and cover to simmer for about 30 minutes.
2. Heat 1 Tbsp sesame oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chopped veggies and cook until softened (about 10 minutes).
3. Add cooked rice to the pan along with garlic powder and freshly ground black pepper. Stir frequently to lightly brown the rice. (about 5 minutes)
4. Add remaining sesame oil and soy sauce to taste. “Fry” rice mixture, stirring frequently for another 5 minutes.
5. Crumble tofu and add it to the pan, continuing to stir for another 5 minutes.
6. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

A healthy alternative for a night that you may be tempted to order out. Save yourself the money and make this simple dish instead!

Stay tuned for more “get back on track” recipes this week. In the meantime, here are few tips to help you jump start your wellness goals.

*Drink plenty of water. The holidays may have left you a little bloated, as well as a little dehydrated from consuming alternative beverages. Make sure to drink plenty of water every day to help flush out toxins and waste. Water, in itself, can help re-energize you.
*Try to get in some form of physical activity on most days. Whether it be taking a brisk walk with a friend or your dog, popping in a workout DVD, taking a class, or jumping on the treadmill. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day. It may be hard to get started, but once you do it you will feel so much better. If you are having a hard time motivating yourself, try tricking yourself into doing it. Tell yourself you will walk for just 10 minutes. Most of the time, once you are doing it you will likely continue for a longer period of time.
*Try incorporating more fruits and veggies into your meals. They will help fill you up, which will leave you less likely to snack on less healthy options.
*Eat a healthy breakfast. Whether it be oatmeal, a high fiber cereal, a smoothie, etc., get something healthy in you first thing in the morning. Skipping breakfast will only lead to unhealthy eating or overeating later in the day, but eating something healthy in the morning will set the tone to continue to choose healthy options as the day goes on.

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