Happy New Year!
I don’t buy into all the dietary hype that rolls around in January. I’ve never had a gym membership, and I don’t diet, period. However, after the holidays, my body starts craving winter salads and hearty soups and I naturally turn to common sense seasonal eating in the New Year.
I think most of us do, whether we are health conscious or not.
The start of a new year is a perfect time to reflect on past eating habits for the future. That’s what I’d love to discuss today.
January is also an ideal time to set a few goals for intentional healthy eating for the year. Below I’ll share mine, and then I’d love to hear yours in the comments.
My Food-Related Goals for 2012…
…in no particular order.
Plant a garden and harvest my own food.
Last year Danny built me four beautiful raised garden beds in the back yard (look for a tutorial on that project in the spring!). They are waiting under the snow, to be planted when the spring sun warms the soil. For now, I’m browsing seed catalogs and imagining the possibilities.
As much as I shop at markets, and my selective shopping continues to work well for me, there are still many more products that I know I can source from local purveyors. First up: organic honey.
Continue to eliminate fast food.
Avoiding fast food chains is a top priority for this family and has been for many years. My children have never eaten at McDonald’s and we easily went through 2011 with no meals consumed at a typical burger joint. I don’t see why 2012 would bring about any changes in this long-standing goal.
Inject more of my October Unprocessed project into everyday life.
Last fall I participated in Andrew’s mega Unprocessed challenge, along with thousands of others. Even though our household avoided processed foods for one ‘hard core’ week, it was inspiration enough to kick-start a daily effort of more scratch cooking and whole foods. 2012 will be the year that I focus more on intentionally eating unprocessed foods.
Continue to develop our family food culture.
In our actions, words and expressions, we are daily shaping how our children approach food. Helping them form a healthy, open, and educated attitude toward food is one of the most important gifts we can impart to them when they are young. This year, my husband and I will continue our journey to building a healthy family food culture.
Last summer’s noble canning ambitions got waylayed when I found myself pregnant and exhausted during the peak produce seasons. I barely had enough energy to function, never mind put up quarts of tomatoes and peaches. I have no regrets for the summer, knowing I did what I could, but there’s no reason why 2012 can’t be a stellar canning year!
Eat well for baby and breastfeeding.
There’s nothing like being pregnant to keep one’s nutritional know-how up to date. Since I’ll be breastfeeding most of 2012, after this baby’s arrival in March, I’ll want to be sure that my body is adequately nourished to sustain my energy levels, as well as feed a growing baby.
Continue to eat well and spend less.
You’ll be happy to hear the popular monthly series, Eat Well, Spend Less, will continue through 2012. Look for many more relevant posts on important topics as we work to best nourish our families on a budget.
Now it’s your turn! In the comments section below, share your dietary goals for 2012 with us.