2016…Happy New Year… happy mid-January…happy resolutions…and happy detoxing!?!? But how many of us really, REALLY feel like detoxing or dieting in January? Hmmm…
So, a new year…new beginnings…and new resolutions
(blah blah blah)
Why must we start our new regime in January?
Is it penance for all of our indulging over the holidays?
Is it a self inflicted punishment for abandoning all reason around certain foods?
Like when the cheese board and creamy Stilton are served and devoured with a SPOON after a 3 course meal?
Yep…that would be MY REASON, but I digress…(and what crazy person -or Saint? – created a SPOON for cheese anyway?)
Don’t misunderstand me, I’m completely for improving one’s health and embarking upon a more sustainable diet and exercise program but WHY…oh WHY do we do it to ourselves in January?!?
It’s just not right.
It’s bound to cause problems.
Sorry about the foul language but am sure those of us trying to be sensible this month have felt like screaming that at someone at some point or another this month…no? Uh-huh – I thought so.
Here’s the thing…I was talking to a dear friend this morning about the frustrating horribleness of it all. (I do appreciate that some of us enjoy a bit of self restraint and control now and then to reset the bar, but in general, January diets DO suck, right?).
We discussed how we’re guilted or convinced somehow either from our own internal voice or some other external influence to reduce calories, cut back carbs, eliminate sugar, and/or decrease the amounts of caffeine and alcohol.
THINK ABOUT THAT!!!
It’s ALL negative!
What a downer.
Do we somehow think that will translate to also reducing body fat, cutting back inches or eliminating our ailments?
Maybe a POSITIVE approach would be a bit better. What if we start off with ADDING certain foods back into our meals and worried less about throwing out the others.
I know this sounds counterintutive, especially for all of us that went from following a low fat, high carb diet to low carb reduced calorie mindset.
Let’s just suppose that if we added 1 or 2 more colourful foods to our meals, we would be increasing the amount of vitamins and minerals in our bodies, thereby providing more nourishment and goodness.
Doesn’t that sound more motivating and encouraging?
Think about all the colourful food around us. Add a sweet potato to roast chicken. Add an avocado to your salad. Yes there are additional calories but they are nutrient dense calories full of wonderful vitamins and minerals that help keep us healthy this time of year.
The restaurant and cafe Leon has a wonderful Seasonality chart to help us ‘eat a rainbow’ that is worth looking at for some ideas.
Although I know right now most of us may prefer this rainbow of colour…
Maybe it IS possible to ADD more filling, nutrient dense, simply delicious (and cheap!) natural foods, while forgetting just a little bit about all the other foods that we’re constantly told to avoid.
What do you think?
Is it crazy to think we can eat MORE and still get healthier and more fit?
It can’t be crazier than trying to detox in the middle of WINTER. Our bodies NEED nourishment this time of year. Maybe not so much chocolate, but LOTS of other warming satisfying meals.
As for CSr and I, the last time I tried to ‘detox’ was 2 Januarys ago (Chain Walk).
Instead, we simply try to be ‘dry’ during January (oh, and of course pretend that stilton no longer exists in this country, which is not the same as cutting back -it simply DOES NOT EXIST, so please don’t tell me otherwise) See – not negative at all – delusional perhaps but at least I am positively affirmative about THAT!
MMM…make it go away!
Truth is our ‘dry’ is definitely a ‘try’ as we never make it the entire month because of CSr’s Scottish tradition of going to a Burns Supper on Burns Nicht. (Come to think of it, the thought of haggis might make most of us consider a starvation diet…but I digress…)
It’s also CSr’s birthday so our dry try ‘month’ turns out to be …oh, about 2 weeks.
So go on – add some more colourful, healthy natural foods to your meals this winter. What have you got to lose?
Food for thought! 🙂
Winter Sun Cocktail – because it’s orange with lots of Vitamin C
2 clementines (about 1/4 cup)
juice of 1/2 small lemon (1/2 oz)
1/2 oz triple sec
1 1/2 oz vodka
sprig of rosemary
Combine zest and sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto plate and coat
Fill your glass with ice, and then add juices, triple sec, and vodka. Stir. Garnish with rosemary sprig.
Drink well and stay healthy everyone