Getting Healthy

While I am in the resolution mood, I am revamping my health.

Well, that is not quite accurate. I have been striving to make and serve healthy food in this house since I got pregnant the first time, fourteen years ago. There is nothing like motherhood to start one on a journey to the ideal diet. So we eat pretty good. However, I have my vices. Coffee, chocolate, late night snacking, and of course, my sweet tooth, all negate to some extent the kombucha, organic produce, grass fed beef, and other basic healthy foods that make up our diet. And the pregnancies necessitated some short cuts that we no longer need.

I know it sounds cliche at this time of year, but I really mean it. And just like I stick to my knitting resolutions every year, I can stick to these, too. Wanna hear it?

1. Coffee and tea are vehicles for sugar and cream. I don’t need them like I think that I do. Therefore, I will abstain from both coffee and tea. I will reward myself at the end of each week with one cup on Saturday morning. Exceptions – holidays and hostessing¬†

2. Chocolate is my downfall. I will not buy it. I will not stock it. If I am given some, I will appreciate it and savor it slowly. Exceptions – holidays

3. Snacking. I know for a fact that if I eliminate all eating after 7 pm I will loose weight. I am allowed one healthy snack in the afternoon to take the place of my usual afternoon coffee. This snack will be healthy – an apple or some celery in peanut butter, for example.

4. I will return our diet to more closely resemble the Nourishing Traditions model. More lacto-fermentation, more broths, more heathy fats. Less grains and processed/prepared foods. Only raw or cultured dairy products.

5. I will drink more water. I will drink when am snacky, drink when I want coffee, drink all day long.

6. I will be more active. Whether jumping on the trampoline with the kids, going for a walk to the store, or doing an aerobics video, I will get my body moving in some way each day.

7. I will try to eat seasonally, traditionally, and locally. (I just read Full Moon Feast and I am inspired)

8. I will keep a food journal so that I will be forced to be more honest with myself about what I put in my body and so that I can learn how food affects my health, my mood, and my life.

I post this here as a reminder to me. I may need to come back and read it again. And again.

This is my year to be healthy.

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Knitting in Twenty-Eleven

The Year of the Sweater is over. So, what will this next year be? Are you ready for a doosie?

First, a quick recap. For the year 2010, I set out to knit seven sweaters for myself. I finished five, one is still in the WIP basket, and one never got cast on. But, to be fair, my knitting year ended up getting cut short in October, when morning sickness took over. So, I consider it a success. Moving on.

This last year was also the year of the yarn shopping splurge. Taking part in the Eat, Sleep, Knit Yarnathon found me buying more yarn than I could use, and spending more money than I should have. So, to regain my husbands confidence in me in the financial department, and to test my self control, this year with be the Year of the Stash. Here are my rules:

1. I will knit only with yarn from the stash.

2. I will not purchase any yarn until 2012.

3. Yarn given to me throughout the year counts as yarn in the stash and can be knit up. I can also use store credit (I have a little left), but only if needed.

And, to make it more feasible, there are two exceptions:

1. If, when planning Christmas gifts, I cannot find the right yarn for the gift in my stash, I may buy the yarn required.

2. If, by some amazing knitterly feat, I knit every yard of yarn in the stash, I may purchase more yarn. BUT, only enough for one project at a time.

Anyone want to join me?

Let the Year of the Stash begin! And to kick it off, I guess I better toss the stash and see what is there.

And, there is this. A Christmas gift from my sister – a basket of wool and chocolate. Purple wool, even. Boy, does she know me, or what?

Now, in the interest of honesty, knowing that I was going to make this resolution, I did make another purchase. Okay, okay. Two other purchases. Neither have arrived in the mail, but when they come, I will show you. The first is from Knit Picks and is for the stockings that I have to finish this year and some baby things I want to knit before June. The second, well, that is another ESK order, this one putting me over the 35K milestone. Yeah, I know. I am bad. But that is why this new year is going to be so good!

Happy New Year, Everyone!