Hello! You know the year is coming to a close when there's Christmas leftovers in the fridge, boxing day sales are on and you're still trying to work out what to do for New Years Eve. A little early but I thought it was about time I did a post on some health resolutions I hope to keep in the coming year. I don't have an aim to lose weight or anything drastic but simply smaller goals to create a happier, healthier self...
Drink more herbal teas- although we must own at least 8 or so herbal loose leaf teas I find myself reaching for black tea throughout the day (which is still good for you!) But we all know the benefits of drinking herbal teas, especially white and green tea so I want to up my intake!
Stretch at least 3-4 times per week- whether it's doing yoga, making sure I properly stretch after going for a run or just doing some light stretching at home, I want to improve my flexibility.
Learn more about Chinese Medicine- maybe it has something to do with being half Chinese myself, but I've always had a fascination with Chinese Medicine. I was actually seriously considering studying this at university but for now I hope to read and learn more as well as cooking with foods such as shiitake mushrooms, soba noodles and seaweed.
Experiment with more ingredients- since becoming more interested in health/nutrition and reading more health blogs and books I've realised there's so many more healthy ingredients I want to use and cook with! These include millet, buckwheat, spelt flour, molasses and tempeh.
Try adding apple cider vinegar/ chlorophyll to water- I usually start the day with a squeeze of lemon in warm water (this kick starts the metabolism) but after continually reading about the added benefits of using apple cider vinegar or chlorophyll mixed into water I want to try these too. Plus, apple cider vinegar can be used in a salad dressing too.
Whiz up more vegetable juices- I used to make vegetable juices quite frequently but for some reason have recently stopped. They're a great way to boost your vegetable intake and especially refreshing in summer. Bring on the beetroot, carrots, celery and ginger!
Create healthy and interesting Uni lunches- Ok, so I know this sounds a little sad. I'm not starting uni for another two months and I'm already starting to think about what I'm going to eat. But it will be a fun challenge. Making lunches/snacks that are quick, easy to prepare, inexpensive and healthy!
So there you have it. My health resolutions for 2011. And also, just because I want to continue learning/improving my health, doesn't mean my diet in the new year will only consist of carrot sticks and hummus! I also want to learn how to make pastry and pasta from scratch and continue baking new goodies. As unhealthy as it is, I don't believe there is a better tasting substitute for butter in baking.
Do you have any resolutions for the coming year? They don't have to be strictly about health.
I won't be posting until 2011 (oh my!) so I wish you all a fabulous, safe, healthy and Happy New Year!! See you soon :)