January 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I am not always the best at making New Year’s resolutions. It may be because I tend to reflect on changes and goals at the beginning of a school year. As a former teacher, and then after having four children of my own, a fresh beginning to me always seemed to fall in August at the beginning of a new school year.   However, when I do make resolutions, they generally center around how I spend my time, or better yet, how I wish to spend it more wisely.  As a mom, I often want to re-align my parenting goals, and personally I try and focus on making healthier choices. I have what some might call a sweet tooth. I unfortunately would choose coffee over water and dessert over a real meal any day of the week if I could (I don’t, but it’s tempting), and right around January each year, after over doing it with sweets during the holidays, I attempt to reel it in, eat healthier and start over. Any health guru out there is probably realizing I need an intervention and a sugar detox.

I think that is what is so refreshing about a new year. The fresh start, clean slate, new beginning….the possibility of what could be is refreshing and rejuvenating.

Our January issue is dedicated to health and fitness.   Reading these stories that our neighbors and local businesses shared with us this month has definitely motivated me to work hard this year to make healthy lifestyle goals.  Perseverance and a positive mindset is  key, and the success stories highlighted in this month’s issue reflect just that.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2017!

My personal top 3 health favorites that I don’t go without:

  1. My Vitamix. This blender is beyond amazing and helps my family eat an abundance of fruits and veggies every day.
  2. Kombucha -Hooray for a healthy gut. There are so many delicious choices out there. For baby steps, try the kombucha sodas first (they are delicious), and then graduate to the others.
  3. Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate (for joints and connective tissue). Amazing for sports injuries and bursitis (healed a long-time sports injury of mine). Friendly tip: pick the one that is cold water soluble. Trust me….the other version is hard to choke down! Lots of brands to choose from, but I use Great Lakes, sold at most local health food stores or online.