Ring in the new year with more fruits and veggies!

Happy 2011!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and got to spend a lot of time with family and friends. I know I did!

I also want to thank everyone who has visited, recommended, shared, or commented on my blog in 2010.  I TRULY appreciate your support and comments and look forward to more friendship and Spicy RD interaction in 20011!

This blog post, my first one in the new year, was inspired by a friend a couple of days ago.  We were fortunate enough to be spending a lazy morning in our pj’s with our families in a condo in Mammoth.  We had had 2 awesome days of skiing, followed by a winter wonderland storm that left us with nothing much more to do then sit around our condo in our PJs and RELAX!

"The calm before the storm."

As we were sitting there sipping our Trader Joes’ peppermint green tea (Yum!), my friend asked me if I had made any New Year resolutions.

I quickly said, “No. I don’t make New Years resolutions.  Do you have any?”

She told me she had made 2 resolutions…both for herself and for her husband… (little did he know!)

Her first resolution was to schedule a date night at least one night every month. (Hint to my hubbie: If you’re reading this, I second this one!)

Her second resolution was for her and her husband to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Bingo!

When she said that, I realized that I had, indeed, at some point over the past few years, made a resolution and had, indeed, fulfilled it. (One of the reasons I tend not to make New Year’s resolutions is because 95% of the time I don’t follow them.  And, the second reason is that I truly believe that any worthwhile improvement you make to your life should happen when you are READY for it to happen, and not simply on one “new” day of the year.)

But back to my fulfilled resolution…I don’t remember the exact year, but a few New Years eves ago, I decided I would focus not on what to ELIMINATE from my diet, but rather on what to ADD to it-more fruits and veggies!  Amazingly, this resolution, falling in the 5% category, has stuck.  Today, I am the proud muncher of (on most days ) 6-8 servings of fruits and veggies.

SO… if you, dear readers, are looking for just ONE nutrition resolution to make this year, I hope you will make it to eat more fruits and veggies.  As a dietitian, it is the number one recommendation I can make to you to improve your overall health.

Enjoy your New Year’s Day and DEFINITELY check back with me next week, as I’ll be showing you the WHY and HOW of ringing in the new year with more fruits and veggies.  I wish you all the happiest and healthiest New Year ever!

Driving home with Mount Whitney in the background.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year?  If so, what??? Do you usually follow through with your resolutions?  Are you a big fruit and veggie eater?  If not, would you like to be?

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  1. Why is it that I can’t definitely commit to making this weight loss a certainty. I have read so much information that my brain needs to go on a diet. What I sincerely need is some motivation which I feel is significant for anyone who is attempting to lose weight.

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