Ready For The New Year?

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I am not big on resolutions.  Statistics show that people do not stick with them anyway.  It is wonderful though that we have the beginning of a new year to start fresh, to maybe do something enough that it becomes a habit or a lifestyle change.

If you have been following a pretty healthy eating style (which hopefully you have if you are reading this blog), but you are ready to take it to the next level then hopefully this post can motivate you.

By next level I mean maybe you could stand to cut out even more sugar from your diet.  We are adults.  We can have sugar whenever we want.  Why not have that treat once in a while? Do you really need sugar every day? It is not as if we are lacking in sugar as a society.  Remember too that like a drug it is addictive.  Sugar makes you unhealthy.  Wean yourself from the sugar.

Maybe you need to be better about planning your meals?  Sit down the day before the beginning of your week and make a plan.  For us, this is Sunday morning.  What do we want to cook this next week?  Are we too busy some nights and will be home later? Maybe those are good days to put the Crockpot to good use.  Plan to make enough for leftovers for your lunch the next day.  Write up your grocery list (see our link above to download a list) and head to the store.  Make a note to do this each week. It will make meal planning so much easier.  None of that “what do you want for dinner tonight?”

Maybe you want to learn more about cooking? There are plenty of sites with paleo/primal meals.  Great pictures, easy directions!  Take a couple of recipes a week that sound good to you and dive in.  Let the kids join in to help!

Maybe you just want to step out of that comfort zone and try some new foods.  Did you hate broccoli as a kid? Maybe it isn’t so bad now. I know that I despised walnuts and beets up until a little over a year ago.  I am starting to sing a different tune about these foods now.  Lo and behold, the flavor isn’t as overwhelming as I used to think.

Maybe you want to get to the gym more or go on some hikes.  Maybe you want to run a marathon?  Plan to meet a friend or tell a friend your plan.  Once we say it out loud to someone they have our permission to hold us accountable.

Whatever you want to try in the new year, hopefully it is something that will make your body, your heart, and your brain stronger!