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At the beginning of every year, many of us spend a lot of time coming up with New Year’s resolutions, such as weight-loss.  But, a more practical and constructive thing to do at the beginning of the year is to get organized.  Starting with a clean slate and planning for the year is a timesaver that will benefit you all year long.  Try incorporating all or a few of the ideas below to make January the beginning of a healthy, happy 2017!

Revamp Your Pantry: This is essential for healthy living and effective weight-loss.  Rid your pantry of unhealthy foods.  After you have tossed foods that are not good for your body, check the expiration dates on the remaining pantry items.  Now that there is probably more room, this is the perfect time to purchase healthier options to fill your food pantry.

Plan a Planting Schedule: Make this year the time to start growing your own vegetables and herbs!  This not only is a money saver but also allows you to prepare meals using food grown in your own backyard.  If time is limited, pick one thing to plant, and get creative with weight-loss recipes featuring that food item.  If you do not have a lot of space to work with, consider planting herbs that you can grow in small planters.

Clean out the Closet: Get rid of clothes that no longer fit, do not fit with your style, or that may be damaged or stained.  Replace clothes that have been donated or thrown away with clothes that fit properly.  If finances are a concern, try to purchase staple items one piece at a time.  Tip: Many professional organizers say that Americans wear only 20% of their clothes 80% of the time.  A great way to see what you really wear is to turn all of your hangers around the opposite way in your closet.  Every time you wear something, turn the hanger back as you normally would.  You will know for sure exactly what you wear and what just takes up space.

Prepare for Lunch: Food prepping and effective weight-loss go hand-in-hand.  This year, make sure you are prepared for lunch at work and beyond.  Look through your cabinets to ensure you have enough food storage containers to food prep for a week.  Toss containers that do not have fitting lids.  Buy food containers that fit what you eat (i.e., if you are a big soup eater, make sure you have storage containers that keep food warm and are spill-proof).  In addition, it is important to make sure you have other necessary items to have a healthy lunch, including a good water bottle and an insulated lunch bag.


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