Hello everyone & Happy 2017! How is everyone doing in their New Year thus far?
For me, I've taken quite some time to get back in the swing of things. A very nasty stomach sickness brought me to the ER just before Christmas Eve week began, and while fully recovered by the time I got home (thank goodness!), I still allowed myself some time to relax and de-brief before we rang in 2017.
Being back home in Massachusetts and spending time with friends & family in both MA, CT, & VT was quite the treat; it was so amazing to finally spend the entire holiday week at home surrounded by those whom I love dearly. After a pretty gnarly trip to VT for snowboarding to close out 2016, I've been spending the last week here in DC bundled up again for the most part due to a lingering cold. Cheers to winter, ay?! With the start of 2017 being relatively mellow for me due to this cold I've got, I've been posted up in the kitchen all weekend baking, cooking, & meal-prepping to get myself back in gear. (hence, more recipe posts to come!)
This brings me to my next topic: New Years resolutions and the INSANE amount of diet detox programs and websites/blogs/news/celebrities discussing the next incredible plan to get you to your health and wellness goals. Guys, can I just say that most if not all of these are just pure rubbish. Yes, we may all feel a bit heavier both in mind and body after the holiday from the celebratory dining fare, shopping, and travel; but getting back on track doesn't have to be a drop-everything-all-or-nothing restrictive plan. Yup, you heard me.
I believe that what truly matters is what you do a little bit of each day to project health. Be it setting your alarm 20 minutes earlier to get a quick workout or meditation in, the time you take to eat breakfast at home or prepare lunch for yourself the night before, having healthy options in the fridge at eye level, unplugging from your phone so that you can spend more quality time with your loved ones. You see, none of these include a diet or workout plan that leaves you feeling mentally and physically starved; they are normal tasks that just set you up to lead a healthier life, and that's what I'm all about. Balance, baby.Read More