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My Diet Goals for the New Year

This is a list of easy and (real) healthy snack/ small meals that I have come up with for myself (and my mom who asked me to make this up for her). I have a basic formula that includes one of each- Grain, Protein, Fruit/ Veggie. So basically put together one from each category and you have your snack/ meal. Try to remember to keep food as close to it original state as possible and organic is always the best for you. Obviously though do what is best and works for you, I personally am trying to eat as organic and unprocessed as possible, but I still have my hot dog and mac n’ cheese meals, too. I have chosen not to guilt trip myself about it though. Try to buy things locally if possible as close to free range that you can find and organic as well.

My favorite grains:

  • Ezekial Bread,
  • Sprouted or fermented grain breads
  • Whole grain bagels
  • Steel cut oats or rolled oats
  • Melba toast
  • Popcorn (not microwave)
  • Barilla Plus Pasta (or homemade if you are so inclined, I would love to try doing it myself someday)

Remember that high fiber foods slow down glucose metabolism.

Proteins:

  • Meat (obviously, however you choose to get it, grassfed organic is best)
  • Eggs (hard boiled in advance saves a lot of time)
  • Yogurt (homemade and self sweetened)
  • Nut butters
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheese sticks, wedges or slices
  • Hummus
  • Nuts
  • Cottage cheese
  • Tuna

My fave fruits and veggies:

  • Apples (gala)
  • Clementine oranges
  • Banana (especially in smoothies)
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Avocado (also a good option for smoothies I just found out)
  • Spinach or kale
  • Celery
  • Raisins and other dried fruit
  • Green pepper
  • And so on

Another goal this year that I want to try are more smoothies, I have seen some fantastic looking recipes in my online wanderings and at Pinterest(my latest addiction).

I want to try and perfect a good Orange Cranberry smoothie similar to one I had at Panera this summer, but I would like to juice my own cranberry’s if at all possible… But I am not above just using regular old juice either. Another good one I have had is a Strawberry Lemonade smoothie, I thought it was a touch tart but oh so refreshing so I would like to play with that a bit and see what I can come up with. My primary smoothie that I make most is either Blueberry, Strawberry or Mixed Berries, a banana, some yogurt, milk, oatmeal, flax seed and occasionally some peanut butter (make it taste like a PB & J). I also found on my beloved Pinterest a couple great ideas for prepacked baggies for smoothies… which makes for more time saving when your super busy; you can read up on these ideas here and here. I think they are great for individual smoothies, I usually make enough for me and my kids because they won’t give me a minutes rest if I make just one for myself, so I might have to tweak this idea for making 4 smoothies at a time instead of one.

There are some wonderful herbal add-ins for smoothies at the Bulk Herb Store (my absolute favorite place for herbs on the web!)  and a good source for getting chia seed, spirulina, flax seed, psyllium seed, and other great bulk items that may come in handy when you want a super nutritious smoothie.

What are some of your standby quick, easy, delish healthy snacks that you love? Would love it if you shared them…

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…and be done with it.

So I wanted to blog about New Year resolutions… but, it keeps coming back to me how miserable they are, how I have kept them up for quite a long time and then they fall through… My best year for resolutions was 2009, I kept the majority of them going for 4 months until the demands of getting up at 4 a.m. and working thirteen or more hour days with three kids and a house and etc, finally got to me. This year I didn’t have a set plan on the eve of the New Year to sit down and write out my overly romanticized expectations for myself just to watch them fail in one way or another. On January 1st, I did sit down though and think about some of the goals I want to accomplish; my mindset at the time was: I would not feel guilty if I did not meet them as perfectly as I would like. I have been battling unrealistic expectations for myself and the guilt just isn’t worth it. Not to say that I won’t have these issues later on but just that I am choosing to not be guilty if I mess up and to realize that if I continuously fail at something that maybe I need to lower the bar and shoot for a new goal on the way to the ultimate goal I wanted to reach. I determined I would not make my list too big and that I would be open to changing and adding or subtracting items from what I had written.

2012 Goals for a New Year…

  1. Wake @ 5 a.m. five or more days  a week
  2. Exercise 4 or more days a week for 20 minutes
  3. Cut back and eventually cut out simple carbs
  4. Increase smoothie intake with more veggies and salads in my diet, too
  5. Strive for simplicity in every area of life
  6. Declutter and reorganize

Some of my add on goals…

  • Couponing
  • Write more frequently and blog
  • Hydrate
  • Do more crafts
  • Utilize the library more

My entire purpose of this is to refocus myself and align myself to a set of standards to reach for and then do my best. I tell you what I haven’t got up at 5 a.m. more than twice this year, but I know I want to… maybe I need to make it six, then 5:45, then 5:30, etc. or maybe I need to accept that I just don’t have it in me to do that as often as I would like. Working out has been a bit better but I have painfully motivating back issues if I don’t. Must say that I am somewhat happy that I have been more regular about this, but, again it hasn’t been 4 times a week either.

The point for me this year is that I want to reach the end of the year and see tangible changes maybe not specifically that I am fulfilling all my goals perfectly but that they have become a part of my life and made it better. Not another set of rules to beat myself with. It is all a work in progress for me and I am choosing to be happy with that and content to just let myself pass as a human being this year and not strive for anything that is not gently led by God for me to follow and also to forgive the frailty of where I fail to meet the expectations that in some ways enslave me to a miserable existence.

Maybe my resolutions should be

  • Let go of expectations
  • Forget the guilt trip
  • Freely be who I am now and
  • Know that I can’t force growth

Yes, I think that’s it.

Emerson quote via Pinterest