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New Years. A time to reflect on the previous year and create an opportunity for growth and change. A time for surrounding yourself with loved ones to celebrate the life that we live and feel grateful for the times we’ve had, and the memories we shared. A time for cheer, joy, and happiness.
A time…for New Year’s Resolutions.
It goes without saying that humans feel the need to constantly better themselves due to their environment. It’s something that I deeply value about being a human. We innately seek self-improvement. Even if we don’t admit it to others, as that clock strikes the midnight hour, we secretly tell ourselves, “I’ll be better this year.”
Guess what? YOU’RE ALREADY SO GREAT. Stop being so hard on yourself. And please, I repeat, PLEASE, stop making resolutions so far out of reach that after a few weeks you’re lying on the floor waving a white flag. Resolutions are wonderful, but not if the goal is extraneous to you. Make them relevant, make them about you, and do not make them about someone else because you think their life is better than yours in some way. We all do it, or have done it, and it benefits no one. Here are a few tips on making this years’ resolution easy to reach, and most importantly, FUN.
- Do not bite off more than you can chew! Create a realistic, attainable goal.
- Set long-term and short-term goals. One to achieve within the next few weeks to 2 months, and one to achieve by the end of the year.
- Make it meaningful. A cliche goal is boring. Sure, everyone wants to eat better and exercise more, but what does it MEAN to YOU? What will fulfill and thrill you?
- Don’t be so serious! This is an exercise designed to make you feel GOOD about yourself. Life is hard enough. Have fun with it!
A fantastic way to stick to a “salt-free” or “sugar-free” lifestyle without putting much thought or effort into it is by utilizing what our beautiful Earth has gifted to us; spices, herbs, and fruits.
For example, if you’re not much of a water drinker, a great way to make it more tasteful is to add sliced citrus fruit, sliced cucumber, or fresh berries. You’re actually doing two things at once, taking in your daily dose of vitamins and minerals, and hydrating! Instead of cooking with table salt, try himalayan sea salt, or using low-sodium chicken, vegetable, or beef broth. Your body will thank you for the extra minerals from the sea salt, oh, and for not ripping apart the lining of your arteries and veins.
Have a sweet tooth? No problem. Use frozen or fresh berries with milk, yogurt, peanut butter, and cocoa powder to make yourself a sweet smoothie! Take a few really ripe bananas and throw them in a blender along with milk to make banana “ice cream”. Instead of adding raw sugar, try blending dates or figs into a beautiful puree and put a scoop of that into your oatmeal or use it as a spread for a late night craving!
The options are endless and the result is simple. You feel better. Remember, try not to overwhelm yourself. Make one or two small changes and try them for two weeks. If that fits your life and comfort level, then try for another! The beauty of it all is that you’re in control. You and only you understands yourself better than anyone else. There is no wrong way to create positive changes. Do what’s best for you, stop worrying about what everyone else says, or what social media says.
You are perfect, you are strong, you are powerful, you are you.
Happy New Year Everyone! Be safe, and be well.
Owner, Nutrication, LLC
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