We went to a fun potluck with a bunch of families and all over indulged. I let the boys serve themselves (great idea!). They had chips with dinner and chocolate cake for dessert (at 8 o'clock at night!) and stayed up way too late. I nibbled and sipped ALL night long on ALL the goodies. After my husband and I finally got them in bed, I could barely stay awake for the countdown - in New York!! This morning hungry whining woke me up too early. I was too tired to cook anything fresh so we had leftover oatmeal. Woo hoo.
After the indulgence and haphazardness of the holiday season, I'm ready to recommit to clean, whole food meals and get back to healthy habits (like going to bed early). Where does one start? Well, I figured I'd start with myself. If I'm not making decisions from a balanced place, my whole family might pay for it : )
Back in November, I sent my 3-Day Gut Reboot program to my subscribers. It's based on Ayurvedic detoxification that aims to feed and balance the gut. This is great time to try having the Golden Milk for breakfast to start. Next, you might make the Kitchari or Dal this week. Try it again next week and change up the ingredients a bit. Baby steps! It's important to make small moves first and build the habit over time. Next, you can try out other recipes and add those to your weekly meal plan. Eventually, you'll be ready to take on the whole program!
This year, think about making a plan versus resolutions to support healthy habits. A well-thought out plan will give you more clarity around how your goals will be achieved. For example, if you want to eat less processed foods, try a new whole food every week and find a recipe for it. Or try making something homemade that you would usually buy (we just made homemade mayo!). If you want to be more active, try a quick walk around the block in the morning. Or take the stairs whenever you can. Remember - it has to be DOABLE. And, try the things that will make you feel GREAT RIGHT NOW first! That's great motivation to keep you moving forward. A little fresh air and exercise first thing in the morning may be just the ticket!
Take a moment to sit down with pen and paper and identify the 3 most important habits you'd like to strengthen in 2020. Then make a simple plan, starting with baby steps, about how to get those habits in place. Start with 5 minutes or whatever sounds EASY to you. 5 minutes to take a walk. 5 minutes to plan meals for tomorrow. 5 minutes to breathe in fresh air during lunch. Whatever it is, do it regularly. Like, daily. I ask this of my clients because if you try every day most likely it will happen a few times a week. That's not bad if you're starting from zero!
Habits take time to stick. It might take 3 weeks or 3 months depending on what it is. No matter. Do it!
What are you working on for 2020? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy (and sane) 2020!