Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Happy Hours

I apologize for my recent absence from the blog - I have still managed to do the monthly ReDux challenges, but I haven't been posting as often as I'd like. In the meantime, I hope you've been visiting the Nutrishus facebook page and my instagram account to see what I've been up to, what's happening in the world of nutrition, and what I'm making in my kitchen.

I've been taking part in #100happydays since April 28, and have been sharing that on instagram as well. It relates well to my former posts about mindfulness, gratitude, and being in the moment. No matter what the day is like, I look for at least one source of happiness to focus and reflect on - I personally think it's a great exercise (however you choose to find your happiness).

Part of my absence has been a reflection on my life as an entrepreneur. I get so many ideas, and often need time to sort through them in order to decide where to spend my time and energy. I'm hoping to get more clarity around that this summer and set some goals to keep me focused. As you know, goals are very important, they involve action, and help use accomplish things and change habits.

I had a client recently state "I don't know where to start". Taking on our health can seem overwhelming, but I am still a strong believer in variety, moderation, and balance (although you need to consider how you define each term) as well as making small changes now for lifelong results.

Perhaps that means spending 10 minutes tonight washing and chopping vegetables while your supper is cooking. Those veggies can then be eaten the rest of the week raw as a snack, used in salads/stirfries/omelets, or thrown on the grill if you're cooking more outside these days. For many people, healthy eating goals need to focus on increasing vegetables (and fruit); so be brave and purchase a new variety the next time you're grocery shopping or hit up the local farmer's market. If you don't know what to do with the new ingredient, you can often find recipes in stores, talk to a friend or co-worker, or use google or pinterest for inspiration. Don't feel like you have to eat 3 new meals for the next 7 days, just focus on one meal this week, or cook in big batches so that you have leftovers and one less meal to plan during your busy week. I know I like leftovers this time of year because it means I'm using the stove less and keeping my home cool.

In case you're looking for happiness in a song or need something to listen to while you're cooking tonight, here is Pharrell Williams's 24 hour music video - Happy:

Here's to many happy hours in your kitchen and in your healthy future!
Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching