New Year’s Resolutions are infamous for being made to be broken, and for that reason many people avoid them. However, I have found them very helpful to make (following a few guidelines of my own). I think regardless of when it happens, we all need the chance to look at areas that need improvement in our own lives. And what better time of year than now?
Though certainly not the only area to improve in, in recent years I have found it helpful to make resolutions in relation to feeding my family nourishing food. There are new techniques to learn, really a new art form to master in order to regain lost, traditional cooking. Making resolutions in this area has made me a better, nourishing cook. No matter how well versed we are in nourishing cooking, we can always improve.
So with this in mind, I invite you to join me in making nourishing resolutions for the new year! 2009 is a blank slate before us, and we have the choice to fill it with nourishing scrumptious food… or otherwise. Let’s resolve to make baby steps together towards better nutrition this new year.
I will be hosting a carnival here on the ninth of January (a Friday). If you would like to be involved, on the ninth, post your nourishing resolutions on your blog, including a link to my post. Then send me a quick email with your name, your post’s title, and the link to your post. I will then have an “open” post which I will update throughout the day adding in everyone’s posts. If you don’t have a blog, please leave your resolutions in the comment section. I would love to have you join us.
Please feel free to use the image on the top of this page in your posts, and to spread the word about the carnival.
5 Tips for Making Resolutions
As an addicted goal maker, I know that there are downfalls to making resolutions, so I thought I would share a few little tips that help me make resolutions that are doable.
1. Don’t make your goal too big. Keep your goals honest. It may sound good to be able to write out grandiose resolutions, but the largeness of them will paralyze you from making any steps. Don’t aim for the impossible.
2. Instead, make doable goals that are simple for you to accomplish. For example, instead of making the goal, “Convert all old family recipes to become more nourishing”, make your goal to “Convert 3 favorite family recipes to use nourishing ingredients”. Instead of making the goal, “Mastering All Nourishing Practices”, make the goal of adding in one technique, such as soaking grains, or using natural sweeteners, or taking out prepackaged food.
This is really the most important tip I can give, as I have personally found it so helpful. For example last year, I had very specific small goals, such as “Learn how to make three new nourishing snack recipes” or “Try out three new lacto-fermented recipes”, or “Incorporate more bone broths into our diet”. With my goals printed out (see tip four), I was able to keep track of my progress. This gave me more motivation to meet the next goal as I tracked the progress I was making with each check I made.
I have found it much more productive to make many small goals, then just a few big goals. Keeping my goals in the “baby steps” form helped me to meet all of my goals without feeling overwhelmed.
3. Making a loose timeline to accomplish those resolutions can be helpful as well. Perhaps you can make one small baby step towards better nutrition each month, so that there is a pace to meeting your resolutions. The better planned out your steps are towards meeting your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them.
4. Print out your resolutions and put them somewhere you can see them so that you will be reminded to keep working on those resolutions. Make yourself review your resolutions, and don’t let them gather dust. But also remember that they aren’t set in stone. If you find one really impossible, or if you find that your goals are very easy to meet, adjust as needed.
5. Finally, let your goals inspire you to improve, but not condemn you for where you currently are. There should be a feeling of excitement in meeting goals, not depression over unmet goals. Keeping the goals small enough to accomplish easily (tip 2) helps you feel a sense of accomplishment as you are able move on to the next one.
I am excited to make resolutions for 2009, and hope that you will join me in making new goals for bettering our health!