What I love most about this time of year is that it’s perfect for setting goals. Whether your goals are to start eating healthier, to get motivated to work out, or even to begin a meditation routine, the idea that a new year brings a fresh start always feels energizing. To get started with your goals, whatever they may be, I recommend going backwards. Sounds counter-intuitive doesn’t it? If you were going on a trip, you wouldn’t just start driving and hope you ended up where you wanted to go. Well maybe some people would but it’s more typical to pick a destination and then map out your route to get from point A to point B. That’s exactly how you can set wellness goals.
If your end goal is to eat healthier, start by mapping out what your week looks like. Do the kids have sports on certain nights? A non-profit board meeting on another night? Working late another night? Car going in for service? Take into consideration all of your obligations and then plan your meals by working backwards. Sometimes all of our obligations can seem overwhelming, but what can be even more stressful is when disease enters into our family. Imagine trying to accomplish all of these commitments when you or someone close to you is ill. Since we as a society now know how to take preventative measures to help eliminate disease, it’s almost a no brainer to spend the time planning for a healthy lifestyle. By applying these fundamental principals about nature and the foods that keep us healthy and fit, we can continue to expand our minds and bodies, and accomplish what we once believed was impossible…longevity.
If you’re still on the fence about believing that the foods you eat have an impact on your overall health, think about it like this: it’s not just a salad, it’s a transformation. Simple ingredients make a big difference because they are pure and clean, and not from a package or bottle that contains artificial ingredients and preservatives that you can’t pronounce. A decision to clear the air and start over with a new belief system that prevents disease, not only by the food you choose to eat, but by the way you work out, hydrate, supplement, recover, rest and essentially manage your health. It’s a great time to start anew and make it part of your New Year’s resolution to better yourself in ways that you never imagined possible.
Orange, peeled and sliced
Pomegranate seeds (slice and tap with a wooden spoon to easily remove them)
Sesame seeds, lightly toasted
Aged Balsamic vinegar for drizzling