Starting Fresh & Healthy This New Year
The New Year is among us and we couldn’t be more excited. The New Year is another chance to regroup and get clear on your intentions for the upcoming year in front of you. You may want to start a new business, travel more, be a better listener, or dedicate more time to yourself. The list is personal and can be endless. But, focusing on your health seems to always be a popular new years resolution, and with the right mindset and tools you can achieve your goals. Our mission at Local Roots is to help make home cooking a fun, convenient and exciting tool in your arsenal and having more control over what you eat means a healthier you. Utilize us for your weekly ingredients and save on your grocery budget. Here are a few additional tips to help you on your foolproof healthy lifestyle.
- Develop an attitude of gratitude – when you’re grateful for what you have in your life you can begin the process of being present and thus allowing more to flow in. When you count your blessings it not only reduces depression and stress but also lowers blood pressure. According to an experiment conducted by Psychologist Robert Emmons of UC Davis…”participants in the gratitude condition reported considerably more satisfaction with their lives as a whole, felt more optimism about the upcoming week, and felt more connected with others than did participants in the control condition”.
Having a quiet moment in the morning may be the easiest time to squeeze this practice into your schedule, as later in the day things typically pop up and can derail you. Try writing in a gratitude journal. Inspired by one of our members, we’ve tweaked the format and follow this guideline. The key is to acknowledge the big and small:
– List 3 things/people you’re grateful for
– List 3 specific things that happened the day before that made you happy
– What part of your ‘self’ do you want to practice today? Are you going to dedicate yourself to be a good listener? A giver? Is today the day you just spend time on your own needs? Will you be a patient eater? Or perhaps an adventurous cook.
– Give gratitude to your food and the people that feed you. Our founder Wen-Jay dedicates a moment in her gratitude journal to either a farmer for putting their love and care into growing our Local Roots community beautiful produce, or will give thanks to the land and nature that helped cultivate the conditions that grow such flavorful foods.
- Physical activity helps relieve stress; it helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins and the constant motion of exercise can be meditative and help you forget about the endless task list. But sometimes all that work makes you think you don’t have time to work out! Look at your current schedule and see where you can fit in a workout regime you can stick to. It’s important to not overcommit or under commit but to become self aware on what you can actually do. One Local Roots member told us her key to losing weight and feeling happier (in addition to cooking more) was to walk more – she would intentionally pick up her Local Roots food from a market that was a bit further from home so she could walk longer. All the little things add up!You can also join a local gym, join a company such a Classpass if you want variety, or you can find workout videos online (however this requires dedication, because you will need more willpower to holding yourself responsible.) Most people find that finding a community or class is easier to maintain. As a Local Roots member, you’ll get discounts to certain gyms but we encourage you to utilize what works best with your lifestyle whether it’s an extra long walk, a short yoga session in the morning, or even squats in the kitchen while you wait for that tomato sauce to perfect.
- Block out days on your schedule to cook at home, you may want to batch cook (soups, pastas, salads) some of your meals and research some quick and easy meals. A Sunday or Monday eve is a great day to set aside cooking for the week. Check our friend Crate Cooking or our recipes tab to get started. And don’t forget that leftovers don’t have to be boring! Even if you’ve cooked a large batch of a dish, you can always add a twist to it throughout the week by adding in different spices. A hearty chicken soup can quickly turn into a spicy Mexican chicken soup with red chili flakes and tortillas. Did you hard boil a dozen of your Local Roots eggs? Turn it into an egg salad, add to an avocado toast, or try curried eggs over rice.
Try implementing these tips and wishing you a healthy 2018!
Article contributed by Local Roots member Jenny Weinstein