Happy New Year’s from the Breeden Family!
I love New Year’s. I love getting a new calendar, a new journal, and lots of new ideas and goals to write down on them. But mostly I just love the idea that I get to start fresh and hit the reset button. I start to think about all the goals I had last year that I still need to work on. Or maybe it’s trying once again to kick out those unhealthy habits that just won’t seem to go away. Sometimes it seems that I keep making the same New Year’s Resolutions over and over again. Does anybody feel the same?
Being a dietitian means that nutrition is almost always on the forefront of my mind. I strive to practice what I preach, but sometimes it gets hard for me too. I know you will forgive me, right? However, overall, I feel that I’ve almost always been successful with my nutrition goals. So, why is that I have no problem eating my vegetables but I still struggle with other goals? Maybe it’s just hardwired in me, but I like to think a large part of it is that I had a mind shift on nutrition several years ago. I think this may possibly be the key to keeping any resolution; you have to think differently about something before your actions will follow.
My mind shift on nutrition occurred when I really started to think about my food. If I were to take away the taste, what was really left? I started researching several different foods and how those tiny little compounds within each bite I take affects the health of my body, especially when it comes to cancer. I was completely amazed with the power and control we have over our own health simply by the foods we choose. So, I encourage you, if you struggle with sticking to your nutrition goals, it may be time for a mind shift. Make this the year you choose healthy food as one of your most powerful allies in your cancer battle plan. It will be one of the most important resolutions you ever make.