2024 is right around the corner, which means that it’s time to set new goals and resolutions for a better you. Here at Gradito.com, we believe that creating a better version of ourselves starts with what we put into our bodies. Believe it or not, what we eat influences how we feel about ourselves and impacts every single thing within our daily lives. One small change in your eating habits can make a world of difference for you and your body.
Want to join millions of others looking to adopt wholesome habits, but don’t know where to start? We’re here to guide you with some practical tips on how to achieve a healthier lifestyle in 2024. Follow these steps from Gradito’s talented private chefs, and witness how these fun and easy changes can transform your life this upcoming year:
1. It All Starts with Fresh Produce
It really does... Adding fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet is the first step to improving your overall health and well-being. Whether you order food or cook at home, Gradito’s private chefs encourage you to always ‘eat the rainbow’ and enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables in your dishes. To get an array of nutrients and antioxidants, it’s always a good and fun idea to add as many colors to your dish as possible.
Some of the key benefits of consuming fresh produce include:
- Improvements in eye, skin, and hair health
- Reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases
- Supports healthy brain and cognitive function
- Boosts immune and digestive system
- Contributes to better mental health
Best places to find local fresh produce in NYC:
- GrowNYC Greenmarkets - Visit 50+ farmers markets across the city including local growers and vendors
- GrowNYC Food Box - Pay a week in advance to receive a pre-assembled box of fresh produce grown by regional farmers and sourced through GrowNYC Wholesale
- Natoora - Use this delivery app offering fresh produce grown by independent farmers in the US and Europe
2. Practice Conscious Eating
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of New York City, especially when it comes to nourishing our bodies. From cheap prices to proximity to efficiency, we tend to prioritize fast food and on-the-go meals when it comes to our weekly eating habits. Most of us are extremely career-driven, and let our wellness take second place. But that doesn’t mean we can’t rearrange some things to create a better balance for ourselves.
There is a profound connection between what we consume and our well-being. It’s important to take a moment from the city’s chaos and reflect on the food you are eating. Will this nourish my body? Am I practicing self-awareness when choosing my meals? How can I add more color to my plate? Once you begin practicing mindful eating and understanding your relationship with food, you will find that every healthy choice will become easier to make than the last.
As you embark on your healthful journey at your own pace, remember to be mindful of:
- Enjoying all foods, but being aware of their portions
- Having diversity and a mix of colors in your diet
- Reading labels and avoiding ultra-processed foods
3. Skip the Restaurant, and Hire a Private Chef
Sometimes we want to indulge and treat ourselves to some luxury. As much as we love restaurants, it’s sometimes hard to not fall into the temptation of overeating or losing focus on healthy foods when dining out. If you’re looking to do something fun with friends, but want to stay on track, why not try a ‘night in’ with Gradito?
By hiring a private chef with Gradito, you get the same Michelin quality of a restaurant with the bonus of having special attention placed on your dietary preferences and healthy eating habits. Your personal chef will make sure to prioritize your health goal and create delicious dishes that will nourish you from the inside out.
Did we mention that Gradito offers full-time private chef placements that can help simplify your health journey? From meal planning to fresh ingredients to reducing your sugar intake, these top-tier private chefs can help you transform into a wellness enthusiast. Who said eating healthy couldn’t taste like a five-star Michelin restaurant? With Gradito luxurious quality goes hand in hand with your wellbeing.
4. Find Recipe Inspiration
It can be difficult to stick to healthy habits and maintain consistent discipline. That’s why finding creative recipes is a great way to stay on track while experimenting in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking to boost your energy levels, achieve a healthy weight, or feel better overall, recipes are an amazing tool to target your goals and continue your path toward healthier habits.
Discovering new recipes can also help us further understand the relationship between our bodies and how what we consume affects us at both a macro and micro level. Once you start comprehending what your body requires, you can find recipes that will specifically suit your health needs and, of course, tastebuds. Browse online, find a cookbook at your local bookstore, or even look through Gradito.com for some recipe inspiration… it’s time to surprise yourself in the kitchen and see what healthy magic you can cook up!
Here are some benefits of exploring new recipes:
- Allows you to control the quality of your ingredients and portion sizes
- Motivates you to keep your diet exciting and diverse
- Stimulates creativity in the kitchen
- Great way to involve friends and family
5. Hydration is Key
Last but certainly not least, this is the year for you to emphasize the importance of your daily water intake. Each of our bodies is made up of approximately 60% water, which means that every single bodily system from circulation to digestion relies on water to function properly. Want to avoid indigestion? Looking to have a glowing complexion? Always feeling tired? Staying hydrated can help prevent these daily problems and have you feeling at your best this 2024.
Some of the key advantages to a well-hydrated body:
- Improves cognitive function
- Regulates body temperature
- Aids in proper digestion
- Promotes skin health
- Prevents urinary tract infections
- Improves mood and maintains energy levels throughout the day
From buying local fresh produce to indulging with private chefs to getting creative in the kitchen, you can find so many ways to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle this 2024. This is the year you take control of your health and live an exciting and more fulfilled life. Gradito believes in you, and so should you!