Jan. 2014 Newsletter: How can you be yourself?

Promises are meant to be broken. You've heard that cliche. But why be a cliche? Why not be different and daring?

Make a resolution that you will truly want to keep: Promise to be true to yourself. You know yourself best. Don't get caught up in the latest fads, trends, peer pressures, and mind-boggling contradictory research on food and nutrition. Stop and think for yourself and of yourself.

Here are three things to help keep your food habits true to yourself:

  • Keep food real. Food is best eaten in its "natural state" - an apple instead of apple juice or sauce, an orange instead of orange juice, tomato instead of tomato ketchup, grain as a whole grain (oats, buckwheat, barley, millet, rice) instead of a processed grain in a cereal box that may say "natural" and "whole" but, you can be sure, is all a marketing gimmick.  
  • Food is best eaten while sitting down and focusing on the food - its taste, texture, flavors, and aromas. Take time, even if just 10 or 15 minutes for each meal, to do nothing else but focus on the food that is entering your mouth, fueling you for the rest of your day and hopefully keeping you healthy in the long run.
  • Drink water - pure, unadulterated water. It is the nectar of life. Our bodies are 50 to 60% water (depending on your age and gender). When you are hungry, start by drinking a glass of water; when you feel tired, drink a glass of water; if you crave a food, drink water first. You will be surprised at how good water can make you feel. And if you don't like plain water, add a few drops of lemon juice & honey, or better still, throw in a 1/4 tsp of green tea leaves in hot water, let it steep for 2-3 mins, and drink up!

These may seem easy for some people, but they can be a big change for others. If you see these as a big change, remember: it doesn't require big leaps. The most likely way for a change to become permanent is for it to happen gradually, not through a big, restrictive, and unrealistic plan. Allow yourself to move forward one step at a time.  And even if you fall back, don't give up. Just start over again. Persistence does reward itself, especially if you see the light at the end of the tunnel, however long or dark that tunnel may be.