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Boxed Water Launches Four New Flavors

Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Despite the strides made in ocean cleanup and other cleanup projects, there’s still so much that has to be done to clean up the environment. Unfortunately, we cannot do it on our own, we (individuals and brands) must continuously work together to reverse or at least stop the damages we’ve done to the planet. Since Earth Day is coming up, we want to recognize one brand doing amazing things, including working with consumers to help the planet. With 69 billion plastic water bottles produced in the US each year, now is a good time to take a closer look at just how much we Americans u.se single-use plastic. If you think about the products we use daily, almost everything comes in a plastic container. It’s safe to say we’re addicted. Boxed Water is here to change that with its sustainable packaging and practices, and you can help.

Sustainable Brands: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

We recently had the opportunity to virtually chat with Boxed Water CMO Rob Koenen, where we learned some disturbing facts. Did you know the largest contributor to plastic waste (31%) is beverage bottles? The second (15%) is bottle caps. A New Science Advances Study shows the US generates the largest amount of plastic waste of any country in the world. We were also shocked to learn the amount of plastic the US contributes to the ocean is actually FIVE TIMES greater than originally estimated. Imagine how much cleaner (and safer to animals) the ocean would be if we eliminated this toxic contribution.

Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Many of you may not know this but Boxed Water Is Better is the leading sustainable alternative to plastic bottles and aluminum cans. they have changed the way packaged water is shipped, sold, and enjoyed, becoming the most sustainable brand in the water aisle. All of Boxed Water’s cartons are 100% recyclable, refillable, and BPA-free. They source the carton paper from trees in well-managed forests, where new trees are continuously planted to replace the ones harvested. Going further, now both the caps and their cartons are plant-based, making the overall company a 92 percent plant-based one.

Sustainable Brand Boxed Water: Say Goodbye to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Boxed Water is also a member of 1% For The Planet and partner of the National Forest Foundation and Ocean Blue Project. Together, they have planted over 1,000,000 trees in our National Forests and cleaned thousands of miles of beaches. You can help plant more trees by posting a photo or video of a carton of Boxed Water or favorite houseplant, what you would name your houseplant, and what that name means to you. Tag @boxedwater and hashtag #betterplanet on either post and they will plant two trees.  As if there weren’t enough reasons to love the sustainable Boxed Water, they recently launched a range of flavored waters that are refreshingly delicious.

Boxed Water Launches Four New Flavors

Purified through an eight-step purification process and UV treated, each Boxed Water flavor boasts the crisp, fresh taste you love from the original, with a twist. The four naturally and subtly flavored water options include:

  • Blackberry – a natural brightness for a change of pace
  • Lemon – a classic flavor with a light hint of lemon
  • Cucumber – a spa-influenced refreshing taste
  • Grapefruit – an energizing way to kick start the day

The Lemon and Grapefruit flavors are great to brighten your morning. Grab a Cucumber when you’re treating yourself to a spa day, and the Blackberry is great for when you’re looking for a better alternative to sugary drinks.

Like the original, the Boxed Water flavors have no minerals added and it’s 100% pure. Unlike the classic black and white original packaging, the flavors come in a plant-based carton that features bold pops of color. Replacing your single-use plastic water bottle with Boxed Water Flavored Water, lowers your carbon footprint by 64% and protects our planet from the overuse of single-use plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

Everyone has their own way of trying to stay healthy. Many people focus on exercise and make a commitment to going for a jog every day or participating in a cycling class, which can lower the risk of developing cardiorespiratory diseases by 40%. Other people prefer to switch up their diets, integrating healthy foods into their meals and eliminating the junk. And then some would rather work on their mental health and engage in activities like meditation or going to therapy.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage, Driftwell

A new option to improve your health has just entered the wellness market and it comes from a rather unexpected source: PepsiCo. The famous beverage brand is well-known for its staple, Pepsi, as well as other soft drinks such as Mountain Dew and Mug Root Beer. Although they’re delicious, these carbonated treats aren’t renowned for their health benefits. Soda is notorious for causing dental issues such as cavities, which about 78% of Americans experience by the age of 17. With so many healthier beverage options on the market, soda isn’t the go-to drink that it used to be for many households.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage Driftwell

That’s why PepsiCo is launching Driftwell. Driftwell is an enhanced water beverage that contains L-theanine, which helps promote relaxation. This drink is non-carbonated and is designed to help you unwind from the stressors in your life. Each 7.5-ounce mini can contains 200mg of L-theanine, 10% of the daily value of magnesium, 0 calories, and 0 sugar. The flavor of Driftwell is inspired by the spa and contains soothing hints of blackberry and lavender.

According to PepsiCo, 55% of Americans experience high levels of stress throughout the day and 45% report having trouble sleeping because of stress. About 21% of people also say that they feel more stressed when they can’t sleep, causing a harmful cycle in which you’re stressed out because you can’t sleep and you can’t sleep because you’re stressed out. It’s like when you have a small leak in your plumbing, which one in 10 American households do. You try to use more water more quickly so that the leak doesn’t create a mess, but it only makes it leak more. By creating Driftwell with L-theanine, PepsiCo hopes to help people fall asleep more easily by getting into a relaxing mindset at the end of the day.

Sip into Relaxation: PepsiCo Launches NEW Wellness Beverage Driftwell

Driftwell progressed from conception to execution in less than a year, which is the fastest timeline on record for a beverage brand. An internal competition program at PepsiCo known as “The Next Big Idea” is responsible for fast-tracking the idea. PepsiCo chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta launched the program last year and Driftwell is its first result. With this program, the company was able to take an employee’s idea for Driftwell and combine it with the practical knowledge of its specialist departments, swiftly bringing the product to the market.

If you want to experience the soothing effects of Driftwell, you can purchase a pack through online retailers. PepsiCo planned to launch the product on retail shelves in select markets at the beginning of 2021, so you should be seeing it soon.

JLo Beauty's That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask Offers Endless Glowing Skin

JLo Beauty’s That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask Offers Endless Glowing Skin

For those unaware, Jennifer Lopez has entered the skincare segment of the beauty market. Her JLo Beauty brand, launched in 2021, joins her makeup and fragrance offerings. The range of skincare products includes multitasking products we love. The range includes a cleanser, serum, face creme, skin booster, eye cream, SPF moisturizer, and sheet mask. Today, we highlight the JLo Beauty That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask.

JLo Beauty's That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask Offers Endless Glowing Skin

The custom 2-piece That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask is soaked in 1 oz of That JLo Glow Serum, this multi-tasking mask tightens, plumps & hydrates thanks to:

  • JLo Beauty Olive Complex: this antioxidant-rich complex features a 4-part olive blend of squalane, fermented oil, extra virgin oil, and leaf extract. It is clinically shown to deliver all-day moisturization and that star glow
  • Yeast-derived ferment: known for its antioxidant and smoothing properties, it leaves your skin silky soft
  • Japanese rice sake ferment: brightens and conditions for a vibrant, magnetic complexion
  • Sugar-derived matrix: brings surface tightening and lifting you can feel immediately

JLo Beauty's That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask Offers Endless Glowing Skin

The That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask is also designed with unique double earloops for incredible staying and sticking power so you can get up and glow. We personally really appreciate the earloops because it benefits the damage caused by the friction from wearing face masks. If you wear face masks that loop around the ears, you’re familiar with the pain and damage it does to your ears. You’ll love the cooling and soothing aspects of this sheet mask.

Naturally, as this is Jennifer Lopez, the JLo Beauty products are huge with celebrities. You may have seen Hilary Duff shared herself testing out the mask; Drew Barrymore shared a JLo Beauty unboxing video to Instagram; Brad Goreski’s Instagram mask routine has brought huge comic relief to the masses.

The 3-pack JLo Beauty That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask ($48.00) is flying off the shelves, but you can also purchase a single mask for $18.00. The popular That JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum can be yours for $79.00; all are available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud’s Facial in a Box

We’re still in the midst of a stressful time and Mother’s Day is coming up. Since many are still awaiting vaccinations and are still apprehensive about going out, it’s time to rethink gifting. This year, why not give mom the gift of an at-home facial. We love The Beauty Cloud’s Facial in a Box as a great gift for your mom, sisters, best friends, wives and girlfriends, and any other women in your life. For those who have no time or desire to go to the spa, The Beauty Cloud’s facial in a box makes a perfect gift. The brand curates professional-grade products and includes a consultation with a licensed esthetician to deliver spa-quality results in the comfort of your home.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

The Beauty Cloud delivers everything you need for an at-home facial that is made for your skin type. Unlike other beauty boxes with random products, these skincare products are not a one-size-fits-all approach. It is the first professional facial in a box.  Along with the products that are specific to your skin needs, each box also provides help from a certified esthetician who will become your beauty trainer.

For Mother’s Day, The Beauty Cloud’s Mom & Me facial box, $80.00 (not pictured), makes a perfect gift for those who live with their moms, daughters, wives, sisters, or girlfriends. This facial kit built for two. It contains:

  • Perfect Balance Cleanser
  • Radiance Exfoliating Cream
  • Marshmallow Whip Mask
  • Hydrating Lotion
  • 2 Mask Brushes
  • 2 Esthetic Wipes
  • Wooden Applicators
  • Skin Care Samples

For those who live alone or gifting someone who lives alone, The Beauty Cloud offers a variety of facial boxes. Two of our favorites include the Beauty in Bloom Facial Box and Shiny & Bright Beauty Box:

Beauty in Bloom Facial, $85.00

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

This is exactly what you need to wash away winter dullness and welcome the dewy glow of spring. It has everything you need for a soothing, calming, hydrating at-home facial. The Beauty In Bloom Box contains:

  • Strawberry Soufflé Exfoliating Cleanser
  • CoQ10 Rejuvenating Toner
  • Professional Exfoliating Formula
  • Perfecting Clay Mask
  • Hydrating Lotion
  • Lip Saver

Shiny & Bright Facial, $85.00

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: The Beauty Cloud's Facial in a Box

This deluxe facial kit is packed with antioxidant power to brighten and nourish dull, dehydrated skin. Indulge in the exfoliating Cocoa Enzyme, pop open the Sparkling Bubbly Mask, and enjoy a pair of decadent chocolate truffles. The Shiny & Bright Beauty Box contains:

  • Amondola Cleanser
  • Cocoa Enzyme & Activator
  • Sparkling Bubbly Mask
  • Hydra-Radiance Moisture
  • Luxurious Body Soufflé
  • Sparkling Evergreen Mini Candle
  • Two Chocolate Truffles

Could you or do you know someone who could use a professional spa facial this Mother’s Day? Give the gift of The Beauty Cloud and they will enjoy a wonderful day of self-care.

Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

Huel Hot & Savory: World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

Sometimes it can get quite challenging to eat a well-balanced and nutritional meal. The supplement industry is booming for that very reason. We rely on vitamins and supplements to fill in the nutrition we’re missing from our meals. While it helps, it’s much better, to begin with already nutritionally complete meals. This is where Huel’s Hot & Savory range comes in. Huel is the best-selling complete nutrition brand in the world and is famous for its on-the-go powder food. We’re sure they’re astronaut-approved. In September 2020, Huel launched the industry-first complete hot & savory instant meals. They recently added America’s favorite take-out foods options bringing their vegan, hot, and savory complete food offerings to six.

Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally CompleteInstant Curry Meals

Imagine a quick and healthier spin on some of your favorite takeout meals right at home. You can with the latest additions to the Huel Hot & Savory instant-meal line-up. They are nutritionally complete vegan meals packed with rice, quinoa, vegetables, herbs, and spices. These innovative instant-meals offer the world’s first nutritionally complete curry in two delicious flavors and a healthy take on a Chinese classic. The three new flavors join Huel’s Mexican Chili, Tomato & Herb, and Thai Green Curry.

What we love about them. You can enjoy the wonderful flavors of Yellow Coconut Curry, Spicy Indian Curry, and Sweet and Sour in under five minutes. All of Huel’s plant-based, instant meals have the right amount of carbs, fats, protein, fiber, and all 27 essential vitamins & minerals you need. They contain no lactose or any animal products, no soy, and no GMO.

Yellow Coconut Curry

Huel Yellow Coconut Curry Instant Meal

This irresistible blend boats creamy coconut, delicate spices, sweet sultanas, and cooling cilantro. If you love curry flavors but not a big spicy food fan, then you will love the Yellow Coconut Curry.

Spicy Indian Curry

Huel Hot & Savory World’s First Nutritionally Complete/Instant Curry Meals

If you love spicy food, then the Huel Spicy Indian Curry is a must. It is Huel’s hottest flavor yet and is packed with tomato, sweet potato, and a scorching spice blend.

Sweet and Sour

Huel Sweet and Sour Instant Meal

A mouthwatering mix of sweet pineapple, zesty peppers, spices, and zingy scallions you will thoroughly enjoy.

Two of our favorite things about these meals, first, you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy them. In fact, we’ve been alternating between adding shrimp, beef, chicken, or no animal protein at all to our lunches and dinners; second, they are perfect if you’re sick of cooking. After a year of cooking and cleaning up, we welcomed the quick prep time and getting to our meal faster. The amount of cooking time we have saved is incredible; not to mention the money we’re saving on groceries and takeout.

If you have cooking fatigue, you will welcome Huel’s advantage of spending less time in the kitchen.

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

A few days ago, we came across several articles on the connection to gut health and Covid-19 from Reuters, American Society for Microbiology, Yahoo News, etc, essentially saying the number of good bacteria living in your gut may help the severity of Covid-19 symptoms and recovery. Basically, good bacteria benefits our immune system, which as we all know, a strong immune system is key to battling deadly viruses. The reports also state that poor gut health is increasing the severity of Covid-19. Because of this, we started looking into gut detoxification, probiotics, GI Tract support, and of course, more ways to boost our immune system and make sure our gut has good bacteria. Obviously there are many other benefits involved in taking some of the products we looked into such as healthy hair growth, less indigestion and much more. And the good news is, a lot of products are often on offer (check out nucific discounts) which means you can get a lot of health changing products for your money. Luckily, there are multiple probiotic health and wellness products, supplements, and foods that aid in exactly what we’re looking for – building up our gut health.

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

In case you didn’t know, the word probiotic literally means “for life.” As in, it is necessary for life. We’re going beyond the typical yogurts and kefirs; we’re highlighting supplements and other foods that provide the probiotics our bodies need to help win the battle against this deadly pandemic. Thanks to these probiotic-rich products from Tokyo-based brand SHINYALab, Routine, YouTheory, Shrewd Food, and Fond, we’re making sure our gut health is at the optimum level.

SHINYALab Intestinal Youth and Vital Enzymes Supplements

SHINYALab Intestinal Youth and Vital Enzymes Supplements

Intestinal Youth, $39.99, is a Saisei Blend of “sticky” ingredients (seaweed, lotus root, and okra) that brings the best of Nippon Wisdom to your body. Developed by SHINYALab’s in-house Ph.D., these “sticky ingredients” help support rejuvenation and graceful aging of the GI tract. They contain large amounts of mucopolysaccharides, a biologically active substance that supports wound healing, tissue regeneration, and provides a protective barrier over an inflamed digestive tract.

Vital Enzymes, $49.99 is a unique supplement that includes fermented ancient Japanese grains, seeds, and flora manufactured using low-temperature technology. It contains Koji, an abundant beta-glucan that stimulates immunity through macrophages and glycosylceramide. It has improving effects on the skin and intestinal microbial flora.

We’ve added the above Japanese supplements to our daily vitamin and supplements intake. It’s just over a week and we look forward to the wonderful health benefits and results.

Routine Probiotics for Her

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Routine Probiotics for Her, $39.95, is a complete prebiotic-probiotic supplement. It boasts 24 billion CFU per capsule, curated with 5 premium strains, and delivers with minimal eco-impact. Motivated to design a simpler, streamlined, scientifically-backed supplement, Routine is rooted in 5 core principles-science, ingredients with integrity, transparency, community, and sustainability. It’s about building a foundation for whole-body health-living better, feeling better, and nourishing a healthier, more vibrant you. Adding Routine to your every day is one of the easiest, fastest ways to nourish your body. The daily women’s probiotic was carefully curated with 5 USA-sourced strains that have been scientifically proven to improve gut health, boost immunity, balance vaginal health, promote healthy weight, and relieve stress and anxiety.

YouTheory Spore Probiotic Capsules

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

Youtheory Spore Probiotic capsules, $27.99, are uniquely designed to survive and thrive. The word “spore” means seed. Like a seed, each spore probiotic is covered by a naturally protective shell that safeguards it until it reaches the intestinal tract. Spore technology is simply a better way to replenish the body’s microflora – offering multiple advantages over traditional probiotic preparations. Unlike other probiotic strains, spore probiotics do not require big doses to stimulate a large biological response in the body. Unlike milk and lactose-based probiotics, they also do not require refrigeration, resist stomach acid breakdown, effectively colonize the human GI tract, and secretes L-lactic acid, which is favorable for health.

Shrewd Food Protein Cookies

Gut Health and Surviving Covid-19: Is There a Connection?

We know what you’re thinking, can cookies benefit gut health? Yes, these do! Made with 7 different fruits and vegetables, the Shrewd Food Protein Cookies, $14.99/variety pk, are delicious AND good for you. Each serving contains 8g of protein, probiotics (1 Billion CFU), prebiotics for digestive health, and of course, those tasty fruits and veggies mentioned earlier. Each bag of cookies contains only 200 calories; this allows you to treat yourself to the protein snacks you love without spoiling your diet. They are peanut and tree-nut-free, have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Available in Oat & Chip and Oat & Berry, Shrewd Food is honestly the smartest way to snack your way to good gut health.

FOND Bone Broth

FOND Bone Broth

Although we haven’t tried it yet, FOND Bone Broth, $8.99/14oz jar, is another excellent foodie option to add probiotics to your day. You won’t find any preservatives in this broth, just all-natural goodness. It’s brewed like beer and infused similar to tea, creating a flavorful tonic while banning blandness in the process. Its unique flavor combinations make it unlike any other broth on the market. More importantly, it boasts a long list of health benefits. This includes gut health, anti-inflammatory properties, skincare restoration, weight maintenance, and more.

We want to know, are you doing anything to assure the health of your gut? Will you look into how good bacteria and gut health can help you beat Covid-19? Let us know in the comments.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

It’s clear that Americans have had to make incredible sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, we’ve had to adjust to working from home, seeing our friends through a screen, and even canceling major life events. Weddings and graduations have been postponed, while nine out of 10 funeral services held today have loved ones who are unable to attend.

That said, the pandemic has forced us to get creative. Necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention — and despite the risks, many are determined to soldier on (albeit in new ways). That’s especially true for the restaurant industry, which was arguably one of the hardest-hit sectors during this health crisis. Things may not be back to normal yet, but we’ve found plenty of ways to support our favorite eateries — and experience something slightly resembling normalcy, in some cases.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

igloo dining @nyc via  Instagram

Is Winter Outdoor Dining Safe?

One of the main questions being asked is whether winter outdoor dining is actually safe. Not only are the temperatures rather frigid in many parts of the country, but temporary structures are being erected by many restaurants in order to accommodate customers. The problem is that many of these structures don’t seem much safer than indoor dining when it comes right down to it.

There’s a lot of variation when it comes to outdoor dining structures. Some restaurants are using igloos or yurts, while others have enclosed areas on two or three sides. It’s a bit of a mystery as to whether or not any of these structures have proper airflow, which could be a problem if you’re dining with someone outside your immediate household. It’s also up to the municipality to set rules pertaining to outdoor dining capacity — but there’s no guarantee whether or not the restaurant will comply.

When an environmental engineering professor was interviewed by Vice News, it was revealed that an enclosure with multiple walls or sides can’t technically be categorized as outdoor dining from a safety standpoint. It’s also important to note that there are no totally safe indoor environments, even with good ventilation and air purification. Some restaurants are forgoing the six-feet rule with outdoor dining, as walls or tents provide a false sense of security and separation. And because customers don’t wear masks during meals, dining outdoors might be a lot riskier than you’d think. Of course, weather conditions can also make outdoor dining less safe. Snow, freezing temperatures, and even heat lamps could pose dangers to diners.

COVID-19 is certainly a huge concern for most Americans, given the number of rising cases across the country. Although anywhere from 8,000 to 18,000 U.S. residents are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease every year, more than 27.8 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the last year with approximately 488,000 fatalities. While this isn’t deterring Americans from eating outdoors (or inside, in many cases), many experts agree that it’s nearly impossible to know whether an outdoor dining setup has good ventilation — and you might not know until you arrive how a given restaurant is adhering to health guidelines. Although virtually no situation is without risk, it’s worth asking yourself whether it’s really worth it in this case.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

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What Should You Wear When Dining Outdoors This Winter?

If you live in a warmer state, you might not have to bundle up for outdoor dining. But in many areas, cold temperatures and inclement weather can make eating outside a lot less comfortable. And while some eateries will attempt to use technology to fight some of those effects, it’s never going to be as pleasant as indoor dining would be.

So how can you stay cozy? Dressing in layers is key. Instead of wearing breathable fabrics like cotton, opt for wool or synthetic fiber for your base layers. You should probably wear a thick, long puffer coat, thick socks, insulated boots, a scarf, leather gloves, and a hat, as well. It’s a good idea to BYOB — bring your own blanket, in the case — to cover yourself up as your body temperature drops throughout the evening. You might even consider getting yourself a battery-powered heated jacket or hand warmers for some extra warmth.

Overall, try to keep your meal brief (which you should do anyway to reduce transmission risk!) and check the weather forecast before you decide to dine out. It’s a good idea to call the restaurant directly, as well, to assess whether they have the room or what kinds of accommodations they might have. If you know you’re someone who is sensitive to the cold, it might be best to sit this one out.

Outdoor Winter Dining: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

What’s the Best Way to Keep Supporting Local Restaurants?

Many people choose to dine outdoors because they simply miss the restaurant experience. But a CDC study from September found that adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than those who tested negative (and there was no discrimination made between indoor and outdoor dining). Another study published in November found that restaurants were the riskiest places for new infections. If you’re being tempted because you see others enjoying meals outside or you want to support your favorite eatery, you might want to consider some alternatives.

Although fully loaded semi-trucks can weigh as much as 18,000 pounds, lighter-weight food trucks are still a common sight on many roads throughout the United States. If you have a favorite, follow them on social media to see where they might be headed if you’re looking for a restaurant experience without taking as big a chance. Ordering take-out is also a popular option, albeit not a new one. Instead of relying on GrubHub or DoorDash, which take a percentage of sales from the restaurant, opt to order directly through the restaurant for pick-up or delivery. Many restaurants put together special dining packages for holidays or even virtual events, so inquire with them about whether there might be something exciting to try at home.

It’s not easy for many of us to accept that restaurant dining isn’t yet back to normal. But until it is, dining outdoors this winter might be a bit too risky — or just a bit too uncomfortable — for some.

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

One of the hardest adjustments to make through life is improving our eating habits. We get so used to eating what we like that we sometimes forget we are aging, our metabolism is slowing, or that we need to be more conscious of what we are putting into our bodies. The New Year is the perfect time to make these difficult adjustments, as it provides us with a fresh slate to start with! If you aren’t sure what to tackle first, we have a few tips to help you out!

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

  1. Start small

By starting small, you aren’t overwhelming yourself or your body. An easy thing to start with is drinking proper amounts of water and making sure you have a healthy snack every day. By employing these two methods, you will create small healthy habits that will help you along your health journey.

Keep a water bottle close to you at all times, that way you see the water you need to be drinking, and make sure you have healthy snacks in the house or with you on the go. It is easy to cave and pack not-so-healthy snacks, but if you prep them and have them ready to go, you will be much better off!

  1. Have a support system in place

Creating a social media account to document your journey will provide you with some accountability. You can make it a fitness account if you are wanting to work on your exercise routines, or just make it a healthy eating account. If you don’t want to start a whole new page, our best advice is to unfollow accounts that aren’t supportive, and follow those that are not only supportive but give you the motivation you need to make this change!

  1. Create a plan

Writing out your meals and creating a meal plan is a great start, but it will also be good to plan out what you want from this journey. Planning out milestones you want to accomplish, what you want your end results to be, or just what you want your body to look like is a great plan to have.

6 Tips for Starting a Healthier Diet in the New Year

An important step in goal-setting is to write it all down! You don’t want to lose track of what you want or the timeline you want to accomplish them in. Plus, writing about your progress will help you to reflect on all those little steps you are taking! Having a fitness journal or planner will take this tip to the next level!

  1. Supplement your wellness

Taking supplements such as CBD can help improve your wellness and take your health into your own hands. CBDfx makes the best CBD vape kit, and it’s small, discrete, and sleek, so you can use it wherever you are.

There are many other supplements out there as well. Try to choose a supplement that’s best for your needs. For instance, if you plan to start hitting the gym in addition to eating better, consider picking up some whey protein from Optimum Nutrition to help you put on muscle faster. Since you’re starting afresh with a new diet, you could also try probiotic supplements from ActivatedYou which may help in smoother digestion, reduced gas and bloating.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Asking your friends or family to help you along your journey will give you the support and accountability it takes to start and continue on a healthier lifestyle. If you need more help from your support system, don’t be afraid to ask for it, and be specific when doing so!

Tell them exactly what kind of help you need, whether that means having them send you supportive messages, helping you find new healthy recipes, or asking them to help you in the kitchen. Lean on those around you, you will be happy you did

  1. Have the courage to try new things

If cooking isn’t your forte, then now might be the time to learn! Having a healthy diet is hard to do when you don’t see yourself as a cook. By subscribing to a meal subscription service like Blue Apron, you can get easy to create recipes and healthy ingredients sent right to your door.

This will take all the guesswork out of shopping, curating, and creating. There is no need to stress about what you will be consuming when using a meal service, because you get to pick what you want, then create it yourself! You will see everything that you are going to be eating, leaving you with no surprises.

When you first start following a healthy diet, it may not be an easy process but, in the end, it will be well worth it! Happy New Year and good luck!