Happy 2012 everyone! I hope you all had safe and joyous New Years Eve!
Today, like most, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and goal setting for the new year. I love this time of year because I still believe that anything is possible and the beginning of January always seems to confirm that it is.
I find most people set diet and workout goals as part of their new years resolutions… Can I offer one little seed of advice? Don’t deprive yourself, but make the goal trying to eat more “real” food. Ok, what is “real” food? It’s food in it’s whole form. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains! Not fruit flavored, not derived from, but the actual source. These foods are easiest to digest, contain all the nutrients you need and are free of all the chemicals that are now being blamed for most of the major diseases in the world. If you eat this plant based “real” food diet, I guarantee, you will lose weight, have more energy, sleep better, and feel so much better about yourself.
I’m sure a lot of people I know are reading this thinking it’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but let’s be real. No one in their right mind can possibly think that chemicals are better for you than “real” food right?
So let’s get honest with ourselves and stop the “non-fat”, “low-cal”, “diet”, “low carb”, all chemical diets and embrace “real” food!
And I know we live in modern times and sometimes it is near impossible to eat “real” food all the time, but I’m just asking you to give it a try. When you have an option to grab a granola bar or an apple, choose the apple. Diet Coke or water? You better be grabbing the water 😉 If you are making dinner, try to make the entire meal from “real” food and not from boxes.
I’ve found that severe life changes seldom work because you miss and crave your former way of life, so this year, maybe try “leaning” into this new lifestyle instead. Go to sleep every night knowing that you did what you could for your body that day. Don’t forget, you are what you eat.
What are your New Years food goals?