Why I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions and the “Vegan Experiment”

I don’t really like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. They tend to be vague ideas or goals about something we’d like to change about ourselves. They are rarely actionable, and they don’t usually come with a well thought out plan. That’s why they are often short lived, our will-power fizzling out sometimes even before spring returns.

Despite all of this, I am implementing some new habits and experimenting with others in 2014. I actually started on this path in early December, so not exactly New Year’s Resolutions. 😉

One of my new commitments is to my health; all aspects of my health Seeing as I love food and love to cook, my diet is the first thing I’m changing. I’ve been reading a lot of books; mostly on veganism, macrobiotics, and whole foods. While there are a lot of compelling reasons to become a vegan, I’m not sure it’s for me. Despite this, I challenged myself to eat a vegan diet for a week earlier this month. My “vegan experiment” taught me a lot about food, meal planning, and making healthy choices. I also cooked a lot of yummy food!

While I’m not switching to a vegan lifestyle, I am making a conscientious effort to eat more organic and whole foods, and reduce my meat and dairy consumption. I’m also trying to eat as healthily as possible. I’ve nearly cut out white sugar and refined foods. I’m also eating as little processed food as a can, opting to cook a many meals a possible.

I even cut out most caffeine! Those who know me know I love my daily latte. I’ve switched to a green tea called Kukicha. It’s made from the twigs and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant, instead of the leaves, which are used to produce green and black tea. It has a light flavour and has 90% less caffeine than regular green tea. Kukicha is lovely and I feel more mellow now that I’ve significantly reduced my caffeine intake for the last month.

Making all these changes all at once poses its challenges, but I’ve prepared myself for success by planning ahead as much as possible. What I really want to share with you are the new recipes I’ve been making. They are delicious, and really good for you!

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the yummy food I’ve been making so far.

Garlic Chickpeas and Scarlet roasted vegetables
Garlic chickpeas and scarlet roasted vegetables

One Reply to “Why I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions and the “Vegan Experiment””

  1. It is so true that we often utter a new year’s resolution with no planning or real commitment. Every day is a good day to start something new, but we should not try to cultivate too many habits at the same time!

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