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2016 is here and New Year’s Resolutions are on our mind especially after the Holidays.

A lot of us are thinking about health and make plans to ring in the New Year with a fresh start or with a new diet.

Many have confessed that they’ll indulge a little more sweets, or enjoy an extra glass of wine or egg nog at the Holiday Party but there is no need to go on a juice detox cleanse or restrict yourself from certain food groups following a holiday or vacation because our body naturally detoxes itself. When we restrict ourselves from certain food groups we’re really missing out on important vitamins, minerals, fats and most important protein. Some prescribed detoxes are so low in calories and essential foods that it causes our metabolism

to slow down. For example, if we’re deficient in protein we’re putting our metabolism in a position to use muscle for energy, but our lean muscle is what keeps us strong, allows us to burn more fat as fuel and keeps us looking healthy and toned.

Following the Holidays let’s focus on creating a meal plan that’s balanced and includes a variety of whole foods.

Check out these clean eating meals and tips:

Start your day with one glass of water and lemon juice and have at least one cup of water with every snack and meal.

Drink between 8-10 cups of water a day.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Blueberries and Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes.

Snack: Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt with Almonds

Lunch: Brown Rice with Salmon and Broccoli

Snack: Fruit Smoothie: Banana, Peanut Butter and Skim Milk

Dinner: Sweet Potatoes with Chicken Breast and Brussels sprouts

Snack: Homemade Guacamole with Carrots, Celery and Cucumbers.

Also try this Homemade Nutritional Shake Juice (juice veggies you wouldn’t normally add to your diet, and blend them with fresh fruit, getting a variety of nutrients and fiber as well)

Start by juicing: Beets, Celery, Carrots, Kale, Apple, Cucumber, Ginger, Anise and Blend with: Pineapple, Strawberries, and Orange.

Most importantly get back in the gym and start a regular workout schedule. Strengthening your body and sweating improves circulation, reduces tension, boosts your metabolism and gives you more energy!