For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.
December 12: Thrive
What was your healthiest habit of 2011? What would you like to change or do differently in 2012? Contributed by Tonya.
Focusing on protein in my daily diet and eating fewer grains (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc) was my major healthy habit for this year. And even though I’m an Italian girl who loves her pasta, ravioli, and arborio rice, I didn’t find it that difficult to stick with a low carb lifestyle.
I found that the key is allowing myself to have the carby foods I love once in a while. So while sushi isn’t a Friday night mainstay anymore, I can have it once every month or so. The same can be said for the traditional carb-heavy Italian dishes that I love. I can’t eat them on a regular basis, but I can have them now and then. Ravioli will be eaten on Christmas Day, but probably not again for months.
The other big thing for me has been to play around with my favorite recipes and make them lower carb, if possible. It sounds weird, but for me, substituting leafy greens in place of rice or pasta really helps. The volume of the meal remains intact, as does the fullness factor.
I think the reason low carb is working for me is that I actually feel a lot more energy eating this way. I don’t finish a meal and feel the need to rest, or wake up feeling sluggish. And when I feel better, it’s much easier to put in any extra effort it might take to adjust my meals to this new lifestyle.
In 2012, I want to be much more consistent with my workouts. I’ve struggled with this for years. I got on tangents of working out really well for a few weeks, then life happens, things get hectic, and working out drops off the priority list. In 2012 (and really once Winter Break starts for me next week), I don’t want to let the workouts slide. In fact, hectic days are the times when I know I should strive to get my workouts in because exercise helps to alleviate stress.
What’s your healthy habit from this year?
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