Six Habits for a Healthier 2013

Sam and I were talking yesterday about how we are getting the urge to get on a health kick along with the rest of the world this January, but how neither of us are in a position or frame of mind to do an extreme diet or exercise program.   With three small children life in itself feels like we are on a treadmill most days!

But that is no excuse for not starting some healthy habits.  So here are our health plans for a happy, healthy new year.

1.  Clean out the fridge and pantry.  Clean out old candy, treats, and other junk food that has been hiding in the corners.

2.  Fill up the fruit bowl.  The kids love cuties, apples, and bananas.  Even their friends will frequently ask for fruit as a treat when we leave the bowl on the table

3.  Eat soup weekly.  Homemade, of course.  the canned variety doesn’t hold a candle to what you can make on your own in 30 minutes, with only about 5 minutes hands-on time.  I’ll try to post a few recipes as I create them:)  Vegetable soup in a low-fat broth with a touch of meat and/or rice is a great way to enjoy a hot, flavorful meal on a cool day, without overdoing the calories.

4.  Have fun with fermentation.  I’m hoping to brew up some kombucha or kefir successfully this year.  I’ve been doing yogurt for a while and love it – but my first round of kefir from grains was an epic flop.   Not even the dog could stomach it.  As a firm believer in the health benefits of probiotics I’m willing to give it another go, but I think I’ll try kombucha this time and buy my kefir from the store.

5.  White out – green in.  We have been trying to minimize white flour and sugar for a while, but over the holidays they creeped back into our lifestyles and my pantry!  Back to homemade whole-grain breads, brown rice and barley – good-bye cookies and fancy crackers.  All that white stuff seems to do a number on our immune systems, making us all more susceptible to upper respiratory infections and a general sluggish feeling.  On the other hand, our barleygrass “greenery” supplements have really helped us ward off the germs, and we have all been taking a teaspoon every other day.   While it tastes like a freshly-mowed lawn smells, these green drinks mixed with a little citrus juice pack a powerful vitamin and chlorophyll dose in just one rehydrating glass.

6.  Skip the gym.  Yep.  Too crowded, don’t want to drive, too many excuses.  But we will be running 2-3 times a week in the neighborhood, lifting weights upstairs 2-3 times a week as well, and getting some fun outside time playing with the kids while the weather is cool.

What are you healthy plans for 2013?

Happy New Year!


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