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New Resolutions, New Blog

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Thank you all for having followed my blog in 2013. It’s been a pleasure to share my experiments with you, learn about you, about me, about food.

There will be a new blog coming soon about my resolutions for 2014. As I mentioned before I’ve decided to carry on with my current healthy lifestyle but I need a new challenge. In fact I have decided to create 12 new challenges this year, one for each month. In January I will aim to eat at least 5 fruits or vegetables a day, every day, for one month. How hard can it be??

Let’s find out! I already know that it is very easy to not eat any fruit or vegetable at all, so let’s see how easy / hard the opposite is.

See you soon for the answer!

Oh and the address to the new blog is: twelvechallengesof2014.wordpress.com

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Eating Well In 2013 turns 1

I can’t believe it has been a year since I started writing this blog.

2013 will be over soon and with it the longest lasting New Years resolutions ever! Yes! I made it! Twelve months later I’m still following my resolutions!

In January I decided to change part of my diet to become a healthier version of me, more precisely, that meant eating fewer carbohydrates, especially the refined ones (white bread, pasta, biscuits, sugar) and more vegetables. So, I’ve got two things to say about it:


1) Having written about my New Year’s resolutions and documented my journey on here made it very official. It helped me not to forget as the months went on and helped me stay focused.

 


2) Being focused and serious about it, I started to shop and cook differently. Gradually, this new eating plan became a habit.

I have had to try out all sorts of recipes; some didn’t turn out well, but some I still cook regularly. My taste buds have evolved, I have discovered new flavours and am now more open-minded when it comes to food. It also developed my creativity because you need to get creative when designing healthy recipes that you will love, or when adjusting old favourites to healthier versions. I learned how to bake with less sugar and managed to get my family involved in healthy cooking too, so that was fun!


In summer I started eating salads for breakfast, rather unorthodox I know, but a good way to get your five-a-day in! I also try to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables now, because if they are in season, chances are they are also locally produced, therefore, they should be fresher and contain more vitamins. Need I say it is rather eco-friendly and helps local producers?

 

Anyway, as a result, I feel better, lighter and I have more energy throughout the day. I don’t need to eat much but the better quality food keeps me fuller for longer. When I eat carbohydrates, I chose wholegrain, and have small quantities. Having all this energy motivated me to exercise more. I can honestly and happily say that this new lifestyle has improved my overall wellbeing.

 

There have been times, of course, when I felt like I had other things on my mind and eating healthy became the least of my preoccupations. But these times were temporary and didn’t last long. No one is perfect, but I never forgot about my resolutions because 2013 deep down was just the start of an adventure that will last much longer I hope.

 I’m already thinking about my resolutions for 2014. It will be along these lines: “keep up the healthier lifestyle and add one new challenge” (I haven’t decided what yet).

I believe that doing things one at a time will bring greater success. This way if I add one challenge each year, it will be a slow but steady progress towards a life lasting healthy me. One challenge per year gives me time to actually think about it: why I chose this challenge in particular, why it is important to me, and what this achievement will mean to me.

Stay tuned for the New Year’s resolutions 2014  to come soon!

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Catching up on New Year’s resolutions: being busy and stressed means I forgot about them for a few weeks…

Stressed? How do you deal with it?

Stress? How do you deal with it?

Busy, stressed, how do you manage to focus on time management and meal planning?

I wrote this in May but got distracted doing other things and forgot to post it. This illustrates well what is written in this post. I also feel like I have abandoned the blog in the past couple of months. I’m back now though. I will try to cook some fun and tasty recipes and post them throughout the summer. For now, here’s what I wrote a month ago:

As much as I want my health to be a priority, and as much as I would like to have a great beach body this summer, I feel that I need to have more time and be a bit more relaxed to be able to focus on a healthy living.

Work, exams, and side projects seem to have taken over my life in April and May and old habits have come back. Because old habits, no matter how unhealthy they are, do not require any thinking or planning, when busy and tired, they inevitably come back.

However I have learned what makes me feel worse and what makes me feel better food-wise so I am not going back to a totally unhealthy lifestyle. But bread and butter (my favourite of all times, I mean, country style bread with butter and salt crystals) is an easy combination when I’m tired.

I am dreaming of a life where I take time to do an hour of gym in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast, then get on with my day. But I must say when I’ve got too much going on, I can’t find the time or energy to organise it. I feel stressed and just want to get my jobs done and over with so that I can move on to the next task.

I am hoping the summer months will be quieter and that I will manage to get back into the healthy lifestyle that I’m dreaming of at the moment.

But for now, I need to get jobs done and there is only so much I can focus on at once. One thing I try to remember is that no one is perfect, no need to beat myself up about not managing to follow my resolutions these last couple of months. It’s not about perfection, it’s about keeping the good health in mind and if it has to be on hold at the moment, it doesn’t mean I failed. It means I am human, dealing with things as best as I can, and I haven’t forgotten about my resolutions. I always said it was a life change, not a short term thing. I’m still working on it, life changes don’t happen over night. Maybe in the future I will find a way to combine busy life, stress and healthy eating. I’m still learning.

New Year’s resolutions: my tips to keep them up

Mixed salad - find it on the recipe page

Mixed salad – find it on the recipe page

Hey there!

If you are doubting your ability to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions, read my tips!

1. Going public! Writing a blog and telling people is a way to keep the pressure up. When other people know about your resolutions, it somehow makes you want to succeed more. Maybe it’s because you are setting a good example? I don’t know for sure. When I proudly write about how healthy I am and how happy that makes me, people start looking at me differently. I met up with a friend not long ago who told me they thought I was so healthy they looked up to me. I was shocked! I didn’t realise that writing about my healthy recipes made me appear like a health coach. I think my friend felt like they were not as good as me. I need to make things clear here, yes I post the healthy recipes I make on this blog, and I write about how happy I am to be healthier and to exercise, but it doesn’t mean in any way that it’s how I am every day of the week!! Some days I just have enough of the cold weather and working from home. I feel isolated or tired and that’s when chocolate and other comfort foods come into the picture. My eating habits are not perfect. I don’t spend my days cooking and singing in my kitchen a la Bree Van der Kamp! But knowing that I connect with other bloggers and that I have been read and watched through the Food Revolution website always reminds me of my resolutions. I want to be honest and true to people and to myself. Ultimately, I want to be healthy and feel well. I think, and I might be a little over excited by it, but I think I am inspiring other people who are also aiming to be healthier. Just the way they inspire me. It gives me wings and makes me want to carry on.

2. Be open to changes. Things don’t always go according to plan. Life brings ups and downs, so expect it, and don’t let it discourage you. You need to see the bigger picture! It’s not about being thinner next month, or running further next week. It’s about building a healthy routine with the long term in mind. If you look at the whole year, you can see your achievements better. You won’t become unfit just because you don’t exercise for two weeks. It’s the same for food.

3. Speaking of changes… I started running about a month after the resolutions. It just worked out well with eating well. I have now registered for a 10 km race. It encourages me to train and eat well in order to perform well on the day of the race. It’s almost as if the New Year’s resolutions have evolved throughout the year, and I’m okay with that. They might change again later in the year, I’m looking forward to see where it will take me.

4. The key word for me: ACHIEVABLE. Small achievable resolutions are more likely to be kept than big ones. Again, think in the long term. What matters to me is how healthy I will be for the next 20 years. This year, I eat less refined carbohydrates. By the end of the year, I should be used to this new lifestyle and find it just normal. Next year, I can focus on something else. It may take time but the aim is really to become healthier for good.

I see it like this:

One main goal = eating well and be healthy

Several small achievements will help reaching that goal. One at a time.

I hope my tips will help at least one person, please get in touch if you want to share your own experiences of keeping up your resolutions. Would love to hear them!

New Year’s Resolutions: February update

Photographs by (clockwise) Aubrey LaMedica, Peter Hawley and Lindsey Shifley

Hello there fellow bloggers ! How are you keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions?

I am sure you have all heard of Jamie Oliver and what he has been doing working hard for a healthier nation. One of his foundations if called Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. Its aim is to get people cooking more, pass it on, teach their kids, come up with healthy resolutions, etc. It works mainly on a community level and a lot of people are getting their children’s schools on board, some are getting in touch with their local farmers markets and other just want to share what they’ve been doing that they think is healthy. And I’m one of them. Back in January, I wrote a little article on my personal New Year’s resolutions, which they published on their website (http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/news-content/working-towards-healthier-nutritional-ha).

We’ve kept in touch and I feel very privileged that they invited me to take part, on Wednesday, in a Food Revolution Google hangout, with Dr. Willett, professor in nutrition from Harvard School of Public Health, and two other committed food revolutionaries, to talk about our resolutions and how we’ve managed to stick to it so far. Lindsey Shifley (http://themullies.blogspot.co.uk/) shared the story of her daughter’s sensory processing issues at school, that dramatically improved thanks to better nutrition. Next Claire O’Meara (The Lifestyle Kitchen and Little Lifestylers) introduced us to her resolutions to getting school children active in the veg garden and how it was so successful that she has been given a piece of land and kitchen facilities by her local council. I talked about my resolutions that are to cut down on carbohydrates and sugar and how it has positively impacted on my weight and energy. Dr. Willett gave us all, tips on how to cut down on calories, improve our lifestyle and how to stick to resolutions.

I learned a lot through this very inspiring hangout and am so happy to have met like minded people who believe in better nutrition for a better future.

Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/ZJgxea

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Alix x

Me looking nervous before the hangout