It’s that time of year again, where we want to get rid of our bad eating habits and start good ones. Starting the new year with a clean slate is motivating. However, we don't have to wait till the year is over to make healthy changes in our lives. We can start improving our health by improving our perception of our bodies. Having a positive mental attitude is key in healing our bodies and accomplishing our health goals.
Here are some tips to stay on track with your health goals throughout the year.
- Do your best. Remember all you can do is your best. Don’t beat yourself up for making mistakes along the way while you’re on your journey.
- Living healthy is a journey and a lifestyle.
- Living a healthy life starts within your mind. Your relationship with your body and food matter and make a huge impact on your day to day decisions.
- Make a miracle jar. Every time something good happens, write it down and put it in your miracle jar. This helps to train your mind to see the good in all situations.
- Clean out the clutter in your home and in your mind. Less is more.
- Promise to love your body and feed it nutritious foods.
- Nourish your body with positive self-talk & nutritious, filling meals instead of diets & deprivation.
- Focus on gratitude for your health rather than complaints.
Ask yourself, what your life would look like if you were at peace with your body? It’s okay to wish for a healthier and stronger body, but being grateful for what you have is the fastest way of reaching your goals. By treating yourself with kindness, respect and limiting the negative self-talk, you can become more in-tuned to your body and your inner wisdom.
Lastly, remember most of us have a distorted image of our body, often due to the importance our culture places on outward appearance. On a daily basis, we talk to ourselves in ways we would never speak to another. Imagine speaking to a child the way you speak to yourself about your body. Negative self-talk affects you, causing stress and emotional pain in your body, which can make improving your health or losing weight more difficult. Remind yourself that the body you have right now is magnificent! It never misses a heartbeat, it maintains homeostasis and it digests whatever you put in it. It is your home for expressing your creations and love. By continually focusing on what you don't like, you may be forgetting to be grateful for your health.
Recipe: Roasted sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips and carrots.
This meal is great for those with a sweet tooth, it’s soothing and very filling.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
2 sweet potatoes
1 medium sized cooked beet
a bunch of fresh rosemary
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
pink salt and black pepper for taste
2 tbsp balsamic reduction
1/2 cup raw gorgonzola
1/2 cup raw pecans
- Wash the veggies and cut them in small halves. Drizzle them with olive oil and add fresh rosemary leaves, salt, pepper and bake at 450 for 30-45 min until tender.
- Season with more salt or paprika if you like, then add the balsamic glaze, pecans and gorgonzola cheese. Enjoy!