I am a sucker for New Years. I love it. I love the fact that it's a day to make changes for the better (despite the obvious reality that you can choose any day to make a new start). I love the hope that comes with it - the knowledge that we are in control of our own lives and actions and that we have the power to change and improve them.
I'm also a sucker for New Years' resolutions (I make a gazillion of them in the hope that some stick). This time last year, it was on my list to earn enough money from my newly acquired part time job so that I could buy a Thermomix. Here I am 12 months later, with said Thermomix, about to finish up that job so that I can concentrate more on my Thermomix business. So, that one gets a tick!
This year, I've steered clear of the gazillion resolutions. I've made 1, which kind of encompasses a whole host of things for me. My resolution for 2012 is simply to Live More Consciously. From a food perspective, this means being more aware of what my family is eating, where it comes from and how it got to me. I'm attempting to eat more like my children (which means no Lindt balls scoffed with a cup of tea when they're in rest time!) and cut back as much as possible on our processed foods. We don't have a lot of processed foods left in our diet, but there's still some and I'm going to try and reduce those even further.
I'm a big believer in taking from multiple resources the concepts & ideas that I agree with and can adopt. So, to help Live More Consciously from a food & exercise perspective, I'm doing a couple of things:-
1. I'm currently making my way through Cyndi O'Meara's Healthy Living program;
2. I'm re-reading Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food which, combined with Food Rules, completely changed the way I thought about food and "dieting". I'm going to share the food rules with you as I make my way through them again, so you too can take on board some of the information, if you'd like to.
3. I'm making my way through Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
I am also going to continue my ever present attempt to exercise more. (Have I ever mentioned my complete and utter dislike of exercise....... needless to say, this will never be an exercise blog!). My baby starts Prep this year, thus each week I will have the most kid-free time I've experienced in the past 8 years. I am going to attempt to at least spend some of that newly acquired time exercising (in order to combat the reminder of the time which will no doubt be spent cooking!).
So, that's the plan for 2012, or at least the first part of it. I'm so grateful to have made so many new friends through Thermomix - it's such a fabulous little community to be a part of and I'm grateful to be allowed into your kitchens. Here's a to a fabulous year!