We finally made it to 2021! I'm so thankful for this new fresh start but I know that just because the calendar changes, doesn't mean I automatically do as well. I need to figure out what steps I can take to better myself this year, which is easier said than done.
When looking back at 2020 I realized where I was slacking the most; my health. There was too much takeout, TV 24/7, and on top of that I was almost always sitting or laying down. I can't believe I let it get so bad but now I have a clean slate to start over and not fall back into my bad habits.
To make my health a priority, I'm checking off these 3 lifestyle changes that need to happen:
✔ Signing up for Thistle
As I've said, 2020 became the year for horrendous eating habits whether it was junk food, snacks, or daily takeout orders - my body and wallet suffered. Taking control of my diet is no easy task, and that's why I'm signing up for Thistle in 2021.
I knew I wouldn't become a gourmet, healthy chef overnight and thanks to Thistle I don't have to. They're a meal delivery service that sends fresh ready-to-eat, gluten and dairy-free, plant-forward meals directly to your doorstep.
Each week you choose from a menu of globally inspired recipes, crafted by chefs to pack both nutrients and amazing flavor. Once your meals arrive, simply place them in the fridge until you're ready to eat.
All of the meals can be eaten cold or you can take the extra step and heat some of them in a skillet for 2-3 minutes, perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. No matter hot or cold though, these health-packed meals are incredibly delicious and filling.
I'm excited to go more plant-based with my diet but I'm not ready to commit completely, so Thistle's protein add-ons are a great way for me to make the transition. I love saving time and energy when it comes to cooking, and meals start at $11.50 which considering the organic, locally sourced ingredients is a great deal.
The best part is that I can sign up to get meals 3-6 days each week, and can choose between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or get all 3 so my entire day is taken care of. Plus, their plans allow me to pause or cancel anytime. Thistle is the first step in the right direction for my 2021 goals.
✔ Download a meditation app
With my eating habits on the right track thanks to Thistle, and the pressure of cooking off my shoulders I can finally turn to a long-neglected part of my life: mental health. It's been hard to sit in silence the last few months and calm my mind. I've resorted to having a tv show constantly on in the background or music blasting, but I'm ready to embrace the quiet and try meditating.
However, I don't quite know where to start so I'm downloading an app to guide me through it all. Just taking 15 minutes a day to reflect and focus my mind will help improve my mood day-to-day. Work is often stressful so I'm hoping I'll be able to unwind more easily at the end of each day as well.
✔ Move my body more
I have to get off the couch. I'm not running to a gym anytime soon — or running anywhere as a matter of fact, but I can make a small effective change: walking more. Committing to a 20-minute walk each day is not a crazy leap in my fitness but a sure-fire way to get my body moving.
Not to mention that now I'm eating right with Thistle, I have more energy to really get my body moving. Fueling my body correctly really has made a change and even on days when I feel like I'm lagging, I take advantage of Thistle's wellness shot for an extra boost.
Some fresh air, blood flow, and the right fuel might even inspire me to take my fitness to the next level (eventually).
The year ahead may have its curve balls but with this list in hand and my health as a top priority, I know I'll be ready. Each year is a new opportunity to thrive and I'm truly jumping on it this time around.
My diet's in-check with Thistle (from meals to juices & snacks), my mind's at peace, and my body is moving — a great way to kick off 2021!