With the New Year already started, have you decided on any new goals? In all honesty, I’m not one to set new goals up just at the beginning of the year, I like to do them more frequently. I also like to do small, more realistic goals that can turn into one big large step at the end of it all.
If you haven’t decided on any goals yet, let me suggest one! Why not start adding a little more fruits and/or vegetables to every meal?! It may sound daunting, but in all honesty, it doesn’t have to be. Often I find clients end up over-complicating things. Let’s aim for simple.
One of the many things that I enjoy about grocery shopping is finding new products. When I saw that they are now making pre-cut and peeled butternut squash in the frozen section, it blew my mind! Have you ever tried to cut and peel a butternut squash? It takes time and some good knife skills. But now you can spend a few extra $ and have it done for you!
I find that there still is a stigma around frozen vegetables. That maybe they aren’t good/nutritious enough compared to fresh vegetables. Well, I’m here to tell you that they are! They can also be a convenient and quick way to add more vegetables to your meals! And won’t go bad as quickly either!
What’s your go-to frozen vegetable that you always have on hand? Comment below! I always keep green peas on hand and pop them into everything from soups, rice, stir fries and pasta dishes! Yum!
What is it? According to Merriam-Webster, the definition is love of self or a regard for one’s own happiness or advantage.
Especially at this time of year, we tend to forget about ourselves and focus on the holidays and everyone else’s joy, happiness and expectations. So let’s stop forgetting about ourselves and take some time out for yourself this holiday season!
Here are a few strategies that you can pick from:
1 – Start to let things go: When we hold on to things in the past, it can hurt us more than we realize.
2 – Do things you love: This is extremely important. When we start to connect with ourselves by doing things/activities we love to do, that is self-love.
3 – Self-kindness: Talking to ourselves kindly and treating ourselves with kindness is all about self-love. We are kind to our friends and family, why not do the same to ourselves?
4 – Question your negative self-talk: I’ve mentioned this in a past post, when we think negatively about ourselves, it can bring us down. Instead challenge this and use your self-talk to encourage yourself!
5 – Practice good self-care: Self-care looks different to different people. When you treat yourself with care, you are showing yourself love. Self-care can be doing healthy activities, good nutrition, exercise, proper sleep and having healthy social interactions.
These are just a few options. I suggest to pick one and try to practice it on a daily basis. Do you practice any self-love?
I work as a Dietitian and definitely walk the talk. I love to cook and help people get back to being healthy again.