Do you feel GREAT today? Or are you a little sleepy? Is your belly thankful for ALL of the wonderful foods you gave it over the holidays… or is it asking for a new pair of sweat pants? Have no fear. Most of us enjoyed the sweets, the rich sauces, and the extra helpings of the holiday season. And, most of us are ready to make a new, fresh start for the new year.
While the indulgences were fine, we are now in “Gym Season”. You know, the time when every gym across the nation is at full capacity, and there are more people in line buying exercise equipment at the sports store than there were on free coffee day at Starbucks.
My most important advice to you is this: don’t go on a “diet”. Instead, think about a lifestyle. When you go to the grocery store, head to the organic produce section first. Visit your local Farmers Market and see what is growing in your city. Read labels. (That last one will freak you out, I’m pretty sure). If you’ve been reading my blog more than a few weeks, you’ll know that I do promote foods that are organic, dairy that has no hormones, and meat that is free range and/or grass fed. You’ll also know that I do enjoy sugar (the real stuff), but I try to keep it all in a healthy moderation.
Drink water first thing in the morning. Last year, I started drinking a tall glass of water every morning, as soon as I woke up. You know what? I crave it now. This, coming from someone who had to have 2 cups of coffee before she realized she *was* up. I still love my coffee, but now my first cup doesn’t get made until 2 hours after the water.
Keep active. This doesn’t mean you should sign up for a 10k, or climb a mountain…but when you park your car, try to find the space farthest from the store’s entrance. The walk will do you good =0) Choose stairs instead of escalators. Little doses of exercise will naturally boost your mood, anyway 🙂 Don’t believe me? Next time it rains, go put on your rainboots and jump in a puddle or two. I do it every time. It totally works.
See? It’s not difficult… it’s just learning to do something a little bit different. So, let’s start off with something that will make your belly happy for the new year. My Fresh Start Salad gives you lots of colors, textures, flavors, and health benefits. Plus it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and super simple to put together.
Fresh Start Salad
1 small head organic romaine lettuce, torn
1 organic Granny Smith apple, cored & diced
2 organic Mandarin oranges, peeled & sectioned
½ cup organic blueberries
12 raw pecan halves
12 raw cashews
2 teaspoons Lucero Lime Olive Oil
1-1½ Tablespoons Lucero Strawberry White Balsamic Vinegar
Layer ½ of each ingredient in order; repeat.
Well there you have it. Easy, healthy, and something YOU can do today!
Please join in the chat and tell me your thoughts…
- What healthy change tip (no matter how small) has helped you?
- What healthy change (small or big) you will be making in 2014?
- What recipes would YOU like to see on my blog in 2014 (PS: recipes for special dietary needs are welcomed!)
Thanks, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!