At the start of the new year, I decided that I was going to make a few changes to what I am currently eating. I yearn for more energy, mental clarity, and overall radiance. So I decided to go Paleo and incorporate more fruits and vegetables in my daily diet. I felt that this lifestyle would not only be the best for me, but our entire family since Jayden suffers from tons of food allergies, my husband suffers from headaches and dairy issues, and I am Queen cloudy brain and sensitive skin.
Eating Paleo can be as simple as eating a meat and a plant, but what seemed so simple completely overwhelmed me over time. I was gung-ho at first and as the days went by, I fell into a slump. I started thinking about having to give up my white potatoes, cheese, and beloved breads, pasta, and rice. Trying to give up so many tasty foods at once just set me up for frustration and accepting the fact that I may have to “cheat”.
Jacq of Fitarella.com came up with an interesting approach to tackling her 2012 goals. She calls the approach 12 in 12; 12 commitments, 12 months in 2012. So this month, I am focusing more on eating more fruits and vegetables. I’ve been drinking a combination of kale, bananas, celery, cilantro, parsley and apples. That alone was a project since I’m using a blender instead of a juicer. But the point is, I have 12 whole months to get it totally together and I don’t have to dive in all or nothing. This month, I may slip up and eat fried chicken battered in flour, but at least it’ll be fried in coconut oil, which is more Paleo friendly. In February, I may “cheat” by having some croutons in my salad, drizzled in olive oil instead of ranch. I have 12 whole months to wean myself off of the foods that I am choosing to nix from my diet. With 12 in 12 in mind, I will be able to gradually accomplish my goals for better health and see that my family does the same.
What are you trying to accomplish in 2012? Are you taking your goals one month at a time?