I have often wondered how many people make New Years resolutions about eating more healthfully.
And how many of those people fall short of their ambitious goals? They start off robust, but after a few weeks, life gets in the way and the resolution to keep a resolution fades.
I suggest you take a slow, methodical approach. Dont just make a resolution; make a realistic plan.
Start with a list of the specific things youd most like to change about the way you or your family eats. Every family is different, so scrutinize yours. Prioritize 12 items from your list, assign each to a month and add them to your calendar.
Here are some ideas
to get you started:
Sit down for dinner twice a week as a family. Mark the nights on the calendar now so there are no excuses. Plan the meal ahead of time.
Learn to make homemade stock and freeze the extra for future use. Youll find it isnt tricky if you are prepared.
Its the perfect season for nutrient-rich soups. A little homemade goodness might help keep you healthy as the season begins to change. Use the homemade broth you made in February.
Learn to cook dark leafy greens. Invest in a cookbook such as Greens Glorious Greens or hit the Internet for recipes. Dont be afraid to try selections such as Swiss chard, mustard greens and bok choy. Greens have been shown to help prevent spring allergies.
Incorporate protein into breakfast. Eggs are a good bet, as is a warm quinoa cereal. Make your own granola with raw nuts and seeds, use almond meal to make pancakes or waffles, or add nut butter to toast or a smoothie.
Make this the month of the bean. Experiment with all kinds of beans to discover which you and your family like best. Bean salads are easy to make, as are bean dips. Dont forget to add beans to any soup.
Every cell in your body needs water, so get the kids off juice and onto water. Start the transition slowly by watering down the juice until the kids are off the sweet flavor, aiding their blood sugar levels.
Stockpile summers bounty of vegetables by learning the art of fermentation. Fermented foods add nutritional value to any meal. Fermenting makes a great indoor project for the dog days of summer.
Eat less sugar. After a summer of ice cream cones, popsicles and relaxed routines, it is time to get back to more healthful patterns. Limit sugar in the household. If a sweet treat is needed, try dark chocolate or a naturally sweet whole food such as fruit.
Integrate more whole grains into your diet. Start some days off with whole oats, experiment with quinoa, barley and millet salads for lunch or dinner and dont forget to add a whole grain to soup.
Slow down, sit when you eat, chew thoroughly and really taste your meal. Make this a habit before the hectic holidays begin. You might even eat less if you take the time to taste the meal and trigger your bodys natural indications of satiation. This could be an easy way to evade holiday weight gain.
Give thanks. Studies show that people who show gratitude are healthier and happier. Take a minute to give thanks before every meal. This small moment could have a big impact.