I received an interesting fortune in my cookie yesterday. It read, “Your place in the path of life is in the driver’s seat.” I say interesting because it directly relates to a conversation Mary and I had this week regarding our feelings about the coming year.
We agreed that we are not fans of New Years’ resolutions, or starting “diets” in January because we feel that’s setting us up for failure. It’s just too much of a radical change all at once. What we do believe is that January is a good time to re-think moderation, healthy living and control. Time to get into that driver’s seat!
January is a good month to get your life in order, again, for the coming year. It’s a fresh start. It feels good to take control and say, “yes!” to things that are good for you. I found that if I get into a whole routine of healthy living (sleep, nutrition, exercise), I don’t miss the things (alcohol) I’m moderating so much. I’ll set one lifestyle goal each week, practice it each day, and then add a new goal onto that the following week. This week, I’ll focus on drinking a gallon of water a day.
In regards to nutrition, Mary and I are going to focus on Power Foods this month. Our recipes will include foods that are packed with nutrients, and also have a proven track record for preventing disease. I’m going to put that Vitamix back on the counter and get started with an Antioxidant Protein Smoothie right now!
|Antioxidant Protein Smoothie|
- 1 cup frozen, mixed berries
- 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
- 1 tsp. agave syrup or honey
- Blend all ingredients until smooth. You may add ice or water to achieve the consistency you enjoy.
Notes: I use Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt because it has so much more protein (23g per cup) than regular yogurt. Pomegranates contain antioxidants which remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents from damaging our cells. Agave syrup is a natural sweetener which is absorbed more slowly than sugar into our systems and therefore does not cause a “sugar spike” leaving us feeling exhausted after a short time.