I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Because I used to make a list of 10 things and NEVER got any of them completed. My goal these days is to constantly re-asses my goals daily. Every day is a new day to accomplish something or try something new or go outside your comfort zone. So, this year, my husband and I both want to work on our nutrition. It’s more evident now (we’re in our 40s) than ever before that we really take responsibility not only for our own health, but the health of our littles. Therefore, this is a top priority for both of us. The more we learn about nutrition and what to put into our bodies, the more we can teach our kids the importance of health and nutrition. I hope this knowledge continues to transfer down into our kids, grandkids, etc. The gift of good health is more valuable to me now than before. The older I get, the more I see my parents/family aging. Luckily, my family has good genes are have lived into their 90s. However, I want to take what I can into my own hands and make sure it stays that way. I come across so many patients who either have bad genes, poor diet, poor access to nutrition, lack of knowledge of nutrition and exercise, or simple complacency with an “I’m gonna do what I’m gonna do” attitude.
Three Books that I’m tackling this year:
Fit Men Cook by Kevin Curry: 100+ meal prep recipes for men and women — we got this book as a gift from my mom who is a great healthy example of nutrition and exercise. This book is very approachable!! Originally, my hubs and I wanted to just dial in a few meals to be able to cook during the week. But the more we read this book, the more we love the idea of meal prepping and eating healthy at home and work. So far, I’ve cooked one dinner and one breakfast and they are delicious! Our almost 11month old loves the foods as well!
The Obesity Code by Jason Fung — I purchased this on Audible as a recommendation from one of my anesthesia partners. It’s been a great listen and actually uses large scale studies done on humans (not animals) to really discuss nutrition. So far, it’s a great listen!
This past weekend, we went to my mom’s for Mother’s Day. It’s always a treat to be able to catch up with the fam. Both my aunt and my mom are extremely health conscious. My aunt has been practicing a very healthy lifestyle since 1999 when she had a health wakeup call. My mom has more recently adopted a health-conscious lifestyle probably in the last 8 years when she moved out to California. Nutrition is my aunt’s passion — any chance she gets, she’s always interested in educating me about eating whole foods. I feel like I’m pretty healthy, but I certainly make my food mistakes: preferring quick and easy to wholesome nutritious, craving sweet and/or fatty foods over better choices to satisfy my craving, and stress-eating without hunger. Sure we all do it. But, I got to thinking that now is a great time to really educate myself on nutrition and taking care of my family. I don’t know why it was such an epiphany, but now that I’m responsible for a tiny human… I’d really like to educate her on good food choices. So, it starts with me… leading and setting a good example for my daughter. It’ll be a bonus when the whole family jumps on board.
There’s a ton of nutrition info out there as well as recipes. Recently, I came across a gal’s website on nutrition: JSHealth. She has a very relatable story regarding her relationship with food. I think what she’s trying to accomplish is fantastic, and it should be a goal of not only girls and women, but anyone we love in our lives. Food is something that will be with us for life. There are so many fad diets out there. Some claim quick results — hey, who wouldn’t want to drop 10lbs in a month? But is it sustainable through life? If not, then you’ll just yo-yo back and forth and continue to look for “diets” instead of a “lifestyle”. Plus, look at the health gains or losses from a diet vs. whole food lifestyle. Will this be easy? Probably not. I will be changing the way I’ve eaten for the last 39 (eek) years of my life. But, it’s important, and I wish I knew and started sooner.