Welcome back to a vibrant 2015 and a very Happy New Year. Did you make a New Years Resolution this year?
It is January 8th and we are just over one week into the new Year. Statistically this means that 40-50% of us that made resolutions would have already given up!
I have set myself up for failure so many times before that I am taking a different approach this time around and focussing on my intentions for the year. I am looking at behaviours I want to give up as well as good behaviours and and strategies that I want to become habitual in my life. I have also set myself small challenges for the month of January, not easy as January in Calgary is a month I find challenging to begin with! (-16 with wind chill of -23 today hmmm!)
I found a lovely template for forming intentions for the year, shared by my friend and fellow RHN Brianne Giokas.
I will________, I will let go of_________, and embrace__________. I will honour my__________ and stand up and share my __________ with the world.
Using this template I have a very concrete goal of weight loss, but I am also working on letting go of negative self-talk and my tendency to beat myself up for not being perfect. (The path of an imperfect perfectionist is a hard one!) I have chosen to honour my truth and aim to practice speaking up about my feelings instead of pushing them down and assuming the role of peacemaker in a situation. This will be a hard one but the link between weight gain and the suppression of emotions is well documented and I recognize a behaviour in myself of using food to push down emotions I am afraid to voice. Finally, my intention is to better share my knowledge with the world which means more diligent blogging and writing of newsletters, more great recipes and more science based knowledge concerning nutrition.
I received a couple of gorgeous notes from clients before Christmas and their appreciation for improvements in their health under my guidance really encouraged me to work harder to be of service and to help. It really results in the greatest joy!
As for my challenges…….I am trying to stay fully hydrated throughout January so I am hitting the herbal tea pretty hard as it is hard to drink straight water in colder weather. Two of my favourite hydration and winter beverage tricks can be found here and here.
Continuing to eat the nutritional power of raw foods during the colder months can be hard, especially when the traditional salads of lettuce and tomatoes can look limp and unripe in the grocery store. I have set the goal of serving a winter said on the dinner table at least three times a week and those fresh and zingy flavours make a wonderful change after the heavy meals of Christmas and New Years! Give these recipes a try here (add in seasonal pomegranate to replace expensive strawberries) and here (this salad tastes like sunshine!).
I am also participating in Joguary with my friends at Crazy Soles yoga and running Store in Invermere BC. This involves getting outside for half an hour every day of January, not matter how bad the conditions and taking part in a human propelled activity. Jogging, running, walking, cross country skiing and skating for example. I always feel better after being outdoors and this challenge removes the weather as an obstacle with it’s ‘just do it’ approach! You can find the group reporting their wins on the Crazy Soles Facebook page.
What are your goals for your health in 2015?
Do you routinely skip breakfast and want to get into the habit of eating healthily each morning? I have great breakfast recipes here, here and here. Are you wanting to quit snacking and instead include more health supporting foods into your day? Try here, here and here. Do you wanting to lose a few pounds, alleviate the pesky symptoms of menopause or PMS, find out about a food insensitivity or get to the bottom of a niggling health issue that worries you or your doctor. Contact me here for a one to one nutritional consultation.
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