As 2015 begins, many people are thinking about their New Years Resolutions. All too often, these resolutions include health goals that will be abandoned within weeks. While I am not a fan of creating New Years Resolutions that are unsustainable, I like to write out a list of things I’d like to accomplish over the next year. For example, my 2014 list looked a little something like this:
– do my best work in school, graduate with honours
– get started on my consulting career
– choose mainly whole foods
– eat dinner before 8pm
– don’t procrastinate, get things done
– drink more herbal tea
– read books that will expand my holistic knowledge
While I didn’t consult this list every day or even think about it too much for the most part, it was helpful to write it down and decide what I’d like to work on for the year. I only checked in on the list a few times, and was surprised each time by how much I had accomplished. While I didn’t reach all of these goals 100%, I worked on each and every one of them. I did graduate with honours, and started working on my consulting career and this blog. I do eat mainly whole foods, and thanks to the nearby year-round farmers market, most of these foods are also seasonal, organic, and local. I try not to eat dinner too late, though it doesn’t always happen. I still procrastinate once in a while, but I try not to (sometimes)! I drink way more herbal tea, and have switched to drinking mainly medicinal teas that do not use natural flavouring or other non-herb ingredients. I don’t have much time to read my stack of nutrition/health books, but I do read a lot of nutrition articles online. I am happy with what I accomplished this year, and look forward to continue working on these things. My 2015 list looks something like this:
– finish Science & Art of Herbalism course, become a herbalist
– gain consulting clientele, both in person and via distance consulting
– experiment with new fermentation recipes
– experiment with DIY stuff, rather than buying products
– be in bed before midnight, get at least 8 hours of sleep each night
– have a more positive attitude in general, see the bright side as opposed to complaining
While making goals is awesome, the downfall of many people’s resolutions often comes with the lack of planning, lack of knowledge, lack of self-love, and high expectations. People wait for January 1 to come, only to find that they feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to accomplish their new goals. They beat themselves up for “screwing up”, and abandon their new health goals altogether, until next year when the process repeats itself.
But I am hear to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way! Turning your lifestyle and health around for the better does not happen overnight. Start slow, be patient with yourself, and learn from your mistakes. Don’t give up! Take me, for example. I didn’t all of a sudden one day start juicing, making smoothies, fermenting vegetables, making my own toothpaste, avoiding packaged foods, making water kefir and kombucha, etc. These things all came to be over time; over weeks, months, and years. Pick one thing and start with it. Start slow. Once you feel comfortable in your new habit, pick something else to work on. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
Take a look at your goals, and make sure you are setting the right goals. Maybe instead of setting a goal to lose 20 pounds, your goal should be to reduce your reliance on processed foods and instead focus on eating whole, nutritious foods. Maybe instead of planning on buying a gym membership and dragging yourself there everyday, you can find an activity you really enjoy doing, and do it whenever you can.
I post this juice recipe today, because this is the time of year that so many people are looking to detox and lose weight after indulging maybe a bit too much over the holidays. While I dislike many rigid juicing/cleansing programs, there are some value to them as well. This juice will provide your body with lots of easily assimilated nutrients to support your body’s natural detoxification processes. If your goal is to start juicing this year, make this recipe your first!
Life hack: If you don’t have a juicer, blend the ingredients with a bit of water. Straining the mixture afterwards is optional.
- ½ large organic cucumber, chopped
- 1 small organic lemon, cut into wedges and seeded
- ½ organic lime, cut into wedges and seeded
- 5 medium organic beets, chopped
- 2 large organic apples, chopped and seeded (granny smith is delicious in juice)
- Make sure you wash all produce well. Chop everything. The smaller you chop, the easier it is on your juicer. Juice everything, including citrus peels.
- Strain if desired, though some pulp is great for the fiber content! Drink up and enjoy.