Everyone loves to cook, to give comfort and love to our families. Everyone loves to eat. To eat is to feel full of life in all of its crazy, colorful, complicated beauty. The entire process of extracting the nutrition from food is miraculous and the amount and variety of ways to make food delicious is another miracle in its self. So why is there so much controversy around food, how to cook it, how to eat it and how to not eat it? Why is every New Year's resolution about eating, instead of about the life we are fueling?
How do you create a New Year's resolution that increases the joy in your life, instead of increasing the frustration?
I have given a lot of thought to this over the last few years. Here are my factors for determining a good New Year's resolution, as well as how I adjusted my system for designing new programs to help you succeed this year.
A good New Year's resolution for your health must...
1. Make you excited. If it does not excite you emotionally, it is unsustainable.
2. Create a measurable result. Results are critical to sustaining a change. This is not only kilos, it is also meeting a specific goal, in a specific time frame.
3. Contribute to a goal greater than your self. We will do anything for our family, unlike for ourselves.
4. Be affordable and not to complicated. If you can't afford it, don't bother trying it, the price won't be enough to motivate your success, and the pressure will just make every glitch, feel like a failure.
5. Have no serious downside or complication. Yes, that means the 10 day juice cleanse is out, the grapefruit diet out, the diet pills out, the new surgery or exercise program that will throw out your back and injure your neck but promises to change your life, are all out. Stick to small sustainable changes that may mean a change of perspective and menu, but don't suggest a serious abberartion in your lifestyle.
So what is left?
Try one of these New year's resolutions for your health in 2015
1. Meatless Monday. Vegetarian and vegan, good for your foods can be incorporated into your monthly menu on a weekly basis. Once a week means less resistance from your family and less stress on you, as you master this kind of cooking. Find out more about the benefits of eating less meat here.
2. Happy Hump Day. Make wednesday a mental health day. Focus on what brings you joy and prioritize it on wednesday. Do you secretly love to paint? Wish you could do yoga? Have one quiet cup of hot coffee? Make wednesday a day that dreams come true. Pick one small dream or passion and find a little bit of time to explore it every wednesday. Life Hack how to find your passion.
3. Sleepy Sunday. Whether you live in Israel or in the rest of the world, make saturday night or sunday morning sleep sacred. Begin the week with a great night's sleep. Depending on your living situation, sleeping in may not be an option. If that is the case focus on going to bed early saturday night. When we start the week with an excellent night's sleep everything seems a little bit easier. Create a bedtime ritual that is pampering and indulgent to start the week fresh and relaxed. How to get a great night's sleep.
These New Year's resolutions will benefit your health more than any one particular superfood.
The only change to your diet I recommend along with these resolutions is to reduce or remove all refined sugars. Sugar makes every single one of these resolutions more difficult to sustain.
How am I dedicated to helping you to meet one of these resolutions this year?
(Vegetarian Lasagna from the Tel Aviv freezer cook off photo credit to Shara Ellenbogen)
I am also going to feature artists, yoga teachers, musicians, makeup artists and personal trainers from all around the web and whom I know, for their favorite at home ways to find time for your passion.
How can I help you get a better night's rest? I cannot. But, I can applaud you, when you do and be here to answer your comments and questions when you can't.