As we wind down 2011 and look forward to January most of us are contemplating a resolution for the coming year. Whether it’s because we’ve overindulged through the holidays or because we simply want to be healthier, many of our resolutions feature starting a new diet in January.
The word diet in our culture has become defined as cutting out all the great tasting things we love, replacing them with bland, unappetizing options – leaving us hungry, frustrated, and likely not to succeed. Instead I would like to offer you the traditional definition of the word diet – ‘the kinds of food that a person habitually eats’.
As you contemplate your current food habits, both naughty and nice, I’d like to offer you a new kind of diet resolution. Simply start a new food habit – and make it something tasty and energizing so you actually WANT to do it. Here are a few suggestions.
Raw foods are an amazing source of energy. Because they aren’t heated above 105 degrees they maintain their living enzymes (that’s right – THEY’RE ALIVE!). They are nutrient dense so your body will get what it needs, meaning you will have less cravings. You skin will start to look better, you’ll feel better and you’ll have the energy you need to stick to the resolution you’ve committed to, food related or otherwise.
Here’s a easy way to start your new food habit. Begin your day the healthy way. Eat a raw breakfast.
Smoothies are a great way to get all those servings of fruits and veggies into one delicious drink. If you’re like me and you’ve got someone in the household who won’t eat veggies or fruits it’s also a great way to sneak attack. If you want to up the ante you can add some Navitas Naturals Raw Maca Powder. Maca is a Andean superfood that has been used for centuries in Bolivia and Peru. The Incan warriors used to consume it before battle to increase stamina and energy and it became a precious enough commodity that it was eventually used as a form of currency. And while you may not have to fight physical battles on a daily basis we all know that driving the beltway can certainly feel like one and heck, just keeping your resolution can too!
Here’s a quick recipe, it’s enough for at least 2 people and since we’re not baking there are no hard and fast measurements. You can switch up an avocado for the sprouted almonds (crazy good).
1 orange or some fresh orange juice
a handful or so of raw sprouted almonds (grab some from our bulk section and soak them in water in your fridge until you see a small sprout coming out – then you have to remove their skins – otherwise they get stuck in your teeth!)
a handful of spinach leaves
a few splashes of almond milk
Sleep is another precious commodity so for you late risers and smoothie slackers, I’ve got a great alternative. Mauk Family Farms Raw Breakfast Crusts. You can use them like toast and spread some raw nut butter on top or just eat them plain with your hot beverage of choice. The raw groats and seeds are germinated and then dehydrated leaving all those living enzymes ready to release a kraken of energy to get you through your day.
And if all that is still not inspiring then maybe it’s because you’re one of the lucky ones who works from home. You start your day in your pajamas watching Matt Lauer doing a rendition of the Old Spice commercial (I admit – it was kinda funny). Or maybe it’s Saturday morning and you’re craving some cereal while you watch cartoons with the kids (we won’t tell) or read the paper (on your ipad). If that’s the case then you should give Goraw Organic Original Granola a try. It’s slightly sweet and tastes fantastic with some almond milk (extra points if you made it yourself).
If a revolution is a relatively sudden and drastic change -then be glad you only made a resolution today!