It's New Year's Eve

It's hard to believe that another year has gone by. Rather than get all emotional as I recount the sad times as well as the happy times that this year has brought, I thought I would fall back on the old "New Year's Resolutions" theme for this post.

Traditionally folks pick New Years day as the day to make a list of goals they would like to accomplish in the new year. While this is a wonderful idea, it seems that many times those New Year's resolution last about as long as it takes us to write them down on paper! That can be discouraging and cause us to not even want to attempt to make changes that need to be made.

I have been giving a lot of thought to food lately. (Imagine that!) There is a lot of information being put out now about buying local, buying organic, use of antibiotics as a preventative in food animals, etc. There is also quite a battle going on between Big Ag and the small family farms that are trying to offer a better choice for folks. (That will be "food for thought" for another post!) It occurred to me that all of this can actually become overwhelming and discouraging for folks who are trying to sort through it all and do better for their families. My life pretty much revolves around the whole process of supplying good food for my family and for the community. Even my "down time" is spent reading articles and researching information that is being presented about the important subject of food and there are times when I just want to throw up my hands and say, "There are too many conflicting ideas out there about what is important and what is not!"

I hope with this blog entry that I can encourage anyone reading it to just "do a little better this year" than you did last year when it comes to eating healthy and choosing food that is good for you. For some, that might mean giving up fast food for one day a week and making a healthy lunch to take with you to work. For someone else, that may mean cooking a "sit down" meal to share with your family once a week and instead of using processed food, cook with "real" food. For someone else, that may mean finding a source for locally grown beef that is not infused with anitibiotics. Big or small, whatever changes a person makes to improve the quality of what they eat is an accomplishment! And when you "fall off the wagon" don't look at it as a failure and quit trying. Just dust yourself off and try again. Maybe take smaller steps.

It would be nice if we could all grow our own food, raise our own meat and adhere strictly to all the suggestions given for eating healthy foods. The truth is that many times life gets in the way and we become overwhelmed and rather than do what we can, we just don't do anything.

I think you will find that with each small step that you take towards eating healthier, that you will find that makes you feel better physically and feel better about yourself. By taking baby steps and getting back up when you fall down, you are starting down the road to a healthier YOU! And by all means, don't let someone else "beat you up" with their ideas of what is best for your health and make you feel guilty. Do your own research and determine how YOU should be treating your body!

Happy New Year's Eve!

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Timely and wise! Thank you for this encouraging New Years post....

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