(I never make New Year’s resolutions because NEVER is how I keep them. However, I’m rethinking it this year to resolve to eat healthier based on these tips.)
1. Know who you are . . . and who you’re not
“Do the activities that make you who you want to be rather than just focusing on your goals. Decide the type of person you want to be: A healthy person? A strong person? A writer? A musician?
Then prove it to yourself with small wins over time: Gym classes, writing, practicing . . . Every time you do something toward the goal of you who want to be, tell yourself that you are becoming that person.”
(I want to be healthier . . . healthy might be a bit too big a stretch. And because food is medicine I want to eat healthier)
2. Make it something you like or enjoy.
(no problem – I LOVE to eat)
Avoid resolutions that sound great but are unattainable. Make them them something you will enjoy. They can still be hard, but that doesn’t mean they have to make you miserable.
3. Make it specific
Resolution idea: Eat an apple every day for lunch or snack.
Resolution idea: Have one donut on Saturdays for breakfast
Eating better and exercising more are all nice ideas, but they’re too general and don’t give you a plan of action. People often think they lack motivation when the problem is really a lack of clarity.
“The simple way to apply this strategy to your habits is to fill out this sentence:
I will [BEHAVIOR] at [TIME] in [LOCATION],”
(I’ WILL keep a bowl of fruit on the counter and cut-up vegetables in the refrigerator. I DO NOT ENJOY chopping vegetables so I’ll buy them already cut-up.
When I want to eat my go-to sugar with a side of carbohydrates I WILL EAT A PIECE OF FRUIT OR VEGETABLE.)
4. Change it up. Swap it out. Write your own rules
Instead of one year-long resolution set yourself monthly micro-resolutions.
(I might have to break it down into weekly . . . or daily . . . maybe hourly resolutions since I eat all day and all night)
5. Start Small
(I’m going to eat small pieces of healthy fruit and vegetables).
6. Allow yourself to fail
“Everyone screws up. Expect to have occasional slips. But don’t let the occasional missed exercise class or donut throw you off course. Most successful resolvers slip in January, but 71% of successful resolvers say their first slip strengthened their efforts through a combination of guilt, increasing awareness of their problem’s severity, and the slip reminding them to refine their plans.” (Who ARE these people?)
And if you do slip? Focus on getting back on track, not the slip. “The people who show more compassion for themselves are more likely to get back on the horse and try again.” (This might be a problem since I show compassion for myself by eating sweets.)
7. Set yourself up for success
(Since I want to “limit” sweets I must get them out of the house. I resolve: I WILL give them a stern talking to EVERY TIME they appear so they know they should leave.)
8. Make it public
(I just did)
“If you’re surrounded by supportive friends and family, making your goals public and asking for accountability can help. So can joining a gym with friendly competition or a group.”
(Probably the key to my past failures at keeping resolutions starts with the fact I prove myself right by thinking I can’t/won’t keep my resolve.)
“Think you can’t do it, you’ll likely prove yourself right. But if you believe in yourself, you are 10 times more likely to change via a New Year’s resolution, compared to non-resolvers, when both groups have comparable goals and motivation”.*
*University of Scranton psychology professor John C. Norcross, who has studied resolutions for decades.
As the new year arrives around the globe, special cakes and breads abound. The particulars vary, but the general theme is the same:
Share food and drink with family and friends to usher in a year of prosperity!
1. Hoppin’ John, American South
In the American South, Hoppin’ John said to bring good luck in the new year:
- pork-flavored field peas or black-eyed peas (symbolizing coins) and rice
- served with collards or other cooked greens (the color of money) and
- cornbread (the color of gold).
Different folklore traces the history and the name of this meal, but the current dish has its roots in African and West Indian traditions and was most likely brought over by slaves to North America. A recipe for Hoppin’ John appears as early as 1847 in Sarah Rutledge’s “The Carolina Housewife” and has been reinterpreted over the centuries by home and professional chefs.
2. Twelve grapes, Spain
3. Tamales, Mexico
4. Oliebollen, Netherlands
5. Marzipanschwein or Glücksschwein, Austria and Germany
6. Soba noodles, Japan
7. King cake, around the globe
- Greeks have the Vasilopita
- French the gateau or galette des rois
- Mexicans have the Rosca de Reyes
- Bulgarians enjoy the banitsa.
8. Cotechino con lenticchie, Italy
9. Pickled herring, Poland and Scandinavia
10. Kransekage, Denmark and Norway
Fear of fly-by night men who are partial to the color red, use environmentally appropriate transportation and make their employees wear pointy shoes.
This phobia is often triggered by anticipation of shoveling snow and spending time with relatives in closed quarters. It is characterized by over-spending, over-indulging, delusions of family harmony, leaving cookies and milk out to spoil and . . . lying to children.
Have a HUMAN(E) Christmas!
P.S. My Humans say to tell you to have a DOG-GONE
Merry Christmas AND . . .
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Because of my limited energy and never ending search for whimsey I took one of Carla Sonheim’s on-line classes The Painting Techniques of Anne Marie Grgich (Portraits). Carla is one of our Well Done Women and her classes are filled with experimentation and whimsey. This one didn’t disappoint.
Anne Marie encourages working fast, loose and intuitively . . . my kinda artist! She described her technique like frosting a cake – layers upon layers of media building the surface with color and texture.
We were to work on 6 portraits and keep moving spontaneously between all six. My work space (concentration & energy) was limited so I did three.
Abdu’l-Bahá writes: “If religion is opposed to reason and science, faith is impossible; and when faith and confidence in the divine religion are not manifest in the heart, there can be no spiritual attainment.”5
To have faith is not merely “to know” the truth. True faith is conscious knowledge expressed in action. Bahá’u’lláh states that “The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds…”6 On the same subject, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá writes: “it is first ‘to know’ and then ‘to do’.”
A team of behavioral neuroscientists led by University of Richmond’s Professor Kelly Lambert taught rats how to drive specially-designed ROVs.
“The driver compartment of the ROV was a plastic container with an aluminum floor plate and cut out windows spanned by copper bars,” they explained. (Kinda like a Kia or Fiat?)
“The ROV was designed so that the rat could move the car by touching or grabbing a bar and stop movement by releasing contact.” (No self-driving technology?)
The research involved five young adult male rats (Female rats don’t need enrichment to learn) that had lived in an enriched environment (i.e., environment with interesting objects to interact with) for four months and six control rats raised in standard laboratory housing.
Driving training began when the animals were approximately 5 months of age. (Legal rat-age to acquire learner permits)
Compared to standard-housed rats, enriched-housed rats demonstrated more robust learning in driving performance. (It’s long been known that standard-house-wives need enrichment too.)
“We found that rats housed in a complex, enriched environment learned the driving task, but rats housed in standard laboratory cages had problems learning the task (i.e., they failed their driving test),” Professor Lambert said.
“That means the complex environment led to more behavioral flexibility and neuroplasticity.”
“Among other outcomes, the research could help scientists better understand the effects of Parkinson’s disease
(The next time you see a rat driving erratically, smile. They’ve learned how to escape from the lab and go joy riding.)
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
A paper describing the research was published October 16, 2019 in the journal Behavioural Brain Research.
On doctor’s “orders” I’ve been struggling to lose weight. The biggest problem I’ve discovered is swallowing. Now that art classes have resumed I think I’ve solved the “swallowing problem” . . . I’m painting . . .