I specifically remember last New Year's Eve. I stood in front of the mirror and told myself that I was done with corporate America. I made a promise to follow my dream and have worked really hard all year to see that come to fruition. It is hard to believe that 2015 is practically here. This year flew by and was seriously a game changer for me. For starters, Sprouting From The Soul, which started out as a small passion project has grown exponentially. I also left the world of digital advertising to pursue my passion in Nutrition. I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and have already completed two semesters of grad school! I'm ever so grateful for everything that happened in 2014 but prepared to see what 2015 has in store for me.
There is something to be said about sticking with a New Year's resolution. This is the time of year when Americans sit down to write their long list of resolutions. A new year, a new me! Lets be serious for a second. I bet at some point you and I both have broken a New Years resolution. Maybe more than we'd like to admit. Recent research shows that 45 % of Americans make New Year's resolutions but only 8 % are successful in keeping their resolution. Why is this so? Well for starters we make goals that are almost impossible to achieve without setting the proper intentions. This year I want you to follow through with your resolutions by making small attainable and achievable goals. Set your intention with every goal and you will be bound to succeed.
I've put together a short list of those resolutions worthy of keeping. These bite size goals are easy to attain and will put you on track for a healthier lifestyle. The key here is that you don't have to implement these all at once. Instead try to make one small change at a time. Let's go 2015! Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year.
1.) Get Sleep: I've said it before and I'll say it again. Sleep is critical for your health. “Sleep more. Sleep deep.” Make this your mantra in 2015 and shoot for 7-8 hours of shut eye per night.
2.) Upgrade Your Salad Greens: Bump up the nutrition content of your salad by swapping iceberg lettuce with dark leafy greens instead. Try kale, arugula, spinach, endive, and radicchio. By making this teeny tiny change you’ll add vital nutrients like fiber, calcium, vitamin C, and iron, folate, and beta-carotene to your plate.
3.) Try One New Fruit or Vegetable Each Month: This probably is my favorite resolution to try this year. Hit the farmers market or join a CSA and explore new foods that you previously overlooked. Test your culinary skills by cooking with new ingredients and make each meal adventurous and fun.
4.) Go Green: Take a closer look at your skincare products and household cleaning supplies. When you finally finish that bottle of Windex, replace it with a greener alternative. Check out the Environmental Working Group's guide to clean household products and skincare products to find out which are best for you.
5.) Pack Your Lunch Once A Week: Preparing your own food is an easy way to control what you put in your body. If you eat out everyday for lunch ( which is the norm in New York City) , try packing your own healthy lunch one day a week. Another perk.... more money saved.