The New Year is a great time for new beginnings — unfortunately, many people start off full of good intentions about healthy eating and exercise, but soon find themselves backsliding! Exercise routines can get boring or time-consuming, and strict diets with too little flavor are hard to stick to. Never fear, we’ve got some suggestions to help your New Year’s resolutions last until 2011!
Start off slowly. Overdoing exercising or dieting initially can have a rebound effect, so set realistic goals and break them down into weekly targets — it’s a lot easier to think about losing one pound than 25. Reward yourself when you reach a goal with a massage or a new item of clothing — hopefully in a smaller size!
Enlist a friend to exercise with on a regular schedule — it’s a lot harder to break an appointment with someone else than with yourself.
Get into the habit of packing a healthy lunch to bring to work, and you can save calories and money at the same time. A thermos full of hearty lentil and vegetable soup is filling and satisfying — just replace the fat-laden ham or bacon with a splash of Kikkoman Soy Sauce.
Take advantage of the high-impact flavor of Kikkoman Soy Sauce — a tablespoon has zero carbohydrates, no fat and only 10 calories. But because it’s traditionally brewed, it has 285 different aroma and flavor compounds to add satisfying taste without piling on the calories. Steam your favorite vegetables and serve with a mixture of plain low-fat yogurt or low-fat sour cream enhanced with Kikkoman Soy Sauce to provide creamy flavor without excess calories.
When dining out, forgo the salad dressing and ask for a bottle of Kikkoman Soy Sauce and a wedge of lemon to sprinkle over your salad.
You don’t have to skip the snacks, as long as they’re tasty and low-calorie! Make skinny fries by cutting up potatoes into thin sticks. Spray with non-stick vegetable spray and bake until crisp. Serve with a sprinkling of Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce instead of ketchup.
If this is the year you’ve decided to go vegetarian, you’ll want to experiment with mushroom and vegetable broths. A bit of Kikkoman Soy Sauce in your broth can replace the umami savor of meat.
So don’t forget, when it comes to keeping those New Year’s resolutions, Kikkoman is in your corner!