I am really not a fan of making resolutions, but I do like taking some time at the end of the year to think about the habits I want to break or start, the things I want to try to focus on or let go in the coming year. Here’s what I’ve been thinking about.
Cooking more, eating out less! So I was perusing my account last week and found that, some 35% of my purchases in 2014 were inexcusably “restaurant” related. Seeing that was a huge wake-up call to get my act together, cook more healthy foods (at home with kids) and save money! Win, win!
Here are 5 tips I found that work really well for cooking more and eating out less:
1. Learn how to fix your favorite restaurant meals at home.
2. Plan ahead! Before you go grocery shopping put together a list of meals you and your family will be cooking and eating over the next week or so and buy accordingly.
3. Stock up on simple, versatile staples. Examples are rice; dry beans, pasta, onions, garlic and a good supply of herbs and spices. The girls and I use these basic ingredients to create many great meals and most of them store well.
4. Buy Produce in Season! Cherries aren’t cheap in January so learn what and when the different types of produce are in season and buy them then. This works well with planning ahead. Use what’s in season as the focus of your weekly meal plan.
5. Buy in Bulk (When It Makes Sense)! Those monthly bulk purchases from Costco can save you a good bit of money over time – provided you have the room and don’t let them go to waste.
Trying to be present with the feelings I have in the moment, be it good, bad or ugly.
Dance more! I love music and I love dancing! Dancing is one activity that truly makes me happy. Since dance is considered a “moderate activity,” by the USDA’s physical activity guidelines and they recommend that adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily, I can’t imagine a better way to fill my quota.
Include more yoga into my fitness routine! I know I should meditate, but it is still a little hard for me to dedicate the time. That is why I want to add yoga back into my fitness routine. Besides the physical benefits, such as increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, circulatory health, improved athletic performance and protection from injury yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing will help me improve my mental well being as well. Regular yoga practice will help create mental clarity and calmness; increased body awareness; relieve stress; relax my mind and sharpen my concentration.
These are just some of my thoughts for the New Year! What are some of yours?