"but if i try to take just one more thing away...it puts me in the headspace of deprivation"
now here's the catch. i'm completely okay with it, until i try to take something out of my diet. just one thing - be it dairy, or sweets, acidic foods, coffee - if i intentionally eliminate something from my current diet, i become a basketcase. i've tried it multiple times in the past, and i really do come unglued - it puts me in the headspace of deprivation. in day to day life, i don't feel deprived by avoiding gluten. but if i try to take just one more thing away, i become obsessed with food, all i can think about are the things i can't have, and as a result i end up completely overeating the things i can have but probably don't need. does that make sense?
my favorite way choose healthy foods, eat a balanced diet, and maintain my weight (and sanity) has been by using a program called "reset" by a company i partner with, usana health sciences. whether the program is something you've used before or will choose to use or not, the premise of healthy, low-glycemic foods and habits is the key. once you find healthy foods that you love, it's easy to have they commonly occur in your life. it's just all what we focus on - if we focus on the quest for nutritious food we love, it becomes fun and a bit of an adventure. if we focus on what we can't have, it's nothing but a bummer.
so here is my new years resolution advice for you, my dear friends - what about looking at this new year as a chance to try out a new kind of food, a new kind of cooking, to input something new into your diet that could potentially replace something that doesn't need to be in there, but without denying yourself that food if you want it. for example - a while ago i realized that i was drinking coffee everyday, and probably relying on it a little too much. i wanted to try to cut back on it, but i knew exactly what would happen - the pendulum would swing one way and then the other, and i'd end up a jumpy monkey. so instead, after learning many hard-headed life lessons about myself in the past few years, i went into my favorite tea shop (david's tea) and stocked up on delicious teas. i actually got so excited about my new tea that i very naturally switched over to drinking tea on most days instead of coffee. but i didn't tell myself i couldn't have the coffee - i still meet my friends at starbucks and enjoy a good americano with mucho cream, but i find that on most days when i'm at home i choose to start the day with tea instead. by choice, not because i've laid down the law and forbidden myself to have coffee.
this new years, instead of making your rules so rigid in an effort to make some healthy changes, why not try a different approach on for size? stock up on some delicious, nutritious options, and see if you choose them? or intentionally choose them sometimes, and opt for the loves of your life other times. exercise a little more, and enjoy the things you enjoy eating. i never thought i would say this, but i have become a woman who much appreciates moderation. i love me a good kinnikinick pizza crust with tomatoes, spinach and feta on top.... but i don't eat it everyday. i am loving the sugar cookies and my gramma's icing i made for christmas, but i try not to have more than a couple at a time and i've been hopping on the treadmill a little more. i've found that iced matcha lattes with unsweetened soy milk and a little agave are my very favorite beverage of the moment, and by choosing unsweetened soy and agave instead of sugar, i'm actually drinking a pretty healthy little situation. maybe your resolution is to find some new healthy things you love, as opposed to cutting out some of the other things you love. can you see the difference?
my friends, take a deep breath, and let's explore some healthy options for new favorite things to eat and drink so we can live in a mindset of thriving, not depriving. sound good?
we're heading to the cabin for a few days to play in the snow, drink much tea, and do some snowboarding. but don't worry, i've got the cookies packed and the bottle of wine will not be left behind. happy new years, we're going to make this a great one!