So my question to you is what steps are you going to take this year for you? for your family? I would skip making thousands of resolutions. For myself, when i am doing introspection of myself in the fall time I usually pick one or 2 things that i could work on and try to really make into a change. Otherwise, it would be too overwhelming and I will end up doing nothing. We all know it is hard to change and if we really want to do it, we need to take it a bite at a time.
If you are planning on making changes to your diet or your families' diet in the upcoming year, I would just encourage you to take baby steps. Master one thing and really get it. Really make that part of the heart of who you are and then add on to that. (Unless of course you have some sort of illness that requires drastic change per your doctors recommendations). If you are just wanting to feel better or you have things that you shouldn't be eating or you need to revamp your families' eating habits. Try it one meal at a time. One bite a time.
When I first was changing my eating habits and began my quest to get healthy (around 1996). The first thing I did was cut out caffeine. You would not think that would be terribly challenging. BUT for this girl, who LOVED her coffee and would get triple shot expressos at Star Bucks and expresso beans and coffee, coffee, COFFEE multiple times per day. It was tough. I got off of it. Adapted to the change and then moved on to the next. My next one was processed sugar. That one was another toughy. I LOVED sugar! I love CHOCOLATE! ohhhhhh! boy did i ever. however, it did nothing for my body and it was not helping me recover from CFS and all the other multiple things that plagued me. (If you want to read more about that go to the about me section under my picture) It took awhile and it was not easy and i didn't do it all perfect. I messed up sometimes. But then as i got it out of my system. I started feeling better. Really the changes became absolutely amazing. I started to have some energy. Finally some differences were being made in my life. It was not from the help of the doctors. At that point in my life, doctors were extremely unhelpful and said they couldn't really do anything for me. Anyhow - my point is you see the progression of baby steps. I gradually changed my diet around the same time as i was taking bad stuff out. I started eating more raw fruits and veggies and nuts. Then i started drinking veggie juices. But this did not happen all at once. Should i say that one more time? It did NOT happen all at once!
I have fluctuated through my diet through variances - primarily greens and veggies, a lot of fruit, a balance of veggie juices, nuts, beans, veggies, and fruit.... it seems to vary with the year and the season and what my body was wanting.
I knew my kids had food intolerances but they did not have this many until 2009 until after a year of consistenly getting gluten (which by the way they were not supposed to be - there was a court order stating the other parent was not supposed to do it. Yet he did it anyway) so a year of that and their health started to bomb.
In 2010 : I found out the extent of my kids needs and sensitivities and THEN i had to do a massive diet change.
Fall 2011 I had to do some more massive diet changing.
Which do i prefer? The slower and steady approach. The kind where you have time to get use to the adaptations and not dive in head first. Sometimes that is not always possible.
So as you make your resolutions for this upcoming year, I encourage you to think how you can "baby step" them. Keep your goals but break them up. Make your goals truly attainable so you can succeed and feel good about yourself and get that awesome health you deserve or improve your health.
Happy New Years! May the year be filled with love, light and health to all of you reading this!