Happy New Year!
I tend to set goals all year long but this December 31 I gave some serious thought to how I can improve the health and wellbeing of myself and family. Over the holidays I didn’t exercise much and my daily diet included sugary treats, large meals and more alcohol than usual. (Sound familiar?) In addition to feeling sluggish, I got a nasty cold. When I look back, it seems like it probably wasn’t a coincidence that I got sick.
There is so much information out there regarding nutrition that it is overwhelming! I’ve started delving into the matter by reading a book given to me at Christmas from a client and friend called “Eat Well Age Better” by Aileen Burford-Mason. (Thanks Lourene!) I’m not very far in but already there is a loud and clear message that “we are what we eat” and we can greatly impact our mental and physical wellbeing through attention to nutrition.
The first step I’ve taken is making sure that my family “eats the rainbow” at dinner each night. I had fallen into the habit of serving bagged salads with sugary, calorie laden dressings, night after night. Instead, I’ve been making up a plate of raw veggies and fruit. Last night my 10 year old pointed out that we had every color of the rainbow on the plate. I just cut up what we had in the fridge and ended up with red apple slices, orange carrots, yellow peppers, green grapes, blueberries and a few blackberries. I LOVE that he noticed all the colors as I haven’t formally announced my “health and wellness plan” to my boys.
The 2nd step I’ve taken is exploring smoothies as snacks. Another client and friend recently referenced a website with smoothie recipes as “nutritional inspiration”. (Thanks Tamara!) 50+ Healthy and Delicious Smoothie Recipes can be found here: http://www.barefeetinthekitchen.com/2013/05/50-smoothie-recipes.html?m=1
I made the “Favorite Green Smoothie” this morning with frozen bananas, frozen green grapes, OJ and spinach and it was a hit with the kids. The fruit completely masks the spinach and I convinced them that the green grapes turned it green. I fessed up to the spinach afterwards and they still told me to make it again. This is a “win” in my book.
It’s important to remember when setting resolutions (and goals in general) that it’s not “all or none”. Do your best, focus on the process as well as the end result, learn from mistakes and/or setbacks and stay the course. I know there will still be a Wendy’s burger here and there and take-out pizza from time to time but I will do my best to pay more attention to nutrition and see what happens.
Good luck with all of your resolutions for 2014!