A Healthier You

Are you getting over the holidays? The end of the year is usually my favorite but it's so hard for me to get over downing down those homemade baked chocolate cookies, candies, cakes, and pies! I'm usually facing the new year with a few extra pounds. And, there's no use for me making a resolution to go on a diet cause I never stick to that! But...I can make some subtle changes.

One thing I love are salads. I grew up on them and my mom and I would make meals out of them. You can mix just about anything to make them filling and satisfying. I wouldn't substitute every meal for just a salad, but they make a great lunch all by themselves...healthier and light enough to give you energy and yet not make you feel sluggish.

Here's a round-up of some of my favorites:

I love to use spices in my salads and herbs too, both dry and fresh. In fact, I notice I don't need as much salt when I use herbs like Italian parsley, chives, oregano, or dill. I also like using ginger, lemon and garlic pepper, shallots, and sweet onions!

Chicken salad mixed with tomatoes, olives and corn. You can include any veggies you have on hand to make this salad your own. I also love to add beans like garbanzo or chick peas.

Don't you just love a pasta salad? I love bowtie pasta with cherry tomatoes topped with pesto sauce. Such a tasty dish!

And we can't forget a seafood salad. Fresh shrimp with carrots, tomatoes, and I also like adding fruit like sliced apples, bananas, oranges, and drizzling fresh lemon juice on top. Yum YUM!

Tomatoes and cheese are always a good combo

I'm in my 50s now and my body is changing so for me it's really important I adapt my diet...the quantity and quality of what I'm eating. The days of eating anything I want and never gain weight are over!

The key is moderation, but there are some things I need to eliminate and that will take time to wean myself off of. If you're thinking about changing over to say a gluten-free or vegan diet, I recommend not going "cold turkey" (no pun intended), but gradually introduce new dishes.

I admire people who are vegetarians and stick to it. My problem is I love bacon and ham too much! But, if I make my mind up, I usually can commit to the change and this is a lifestyle I want to have and not do a fly-by-night super diet. I'm also not trying to get too thin, but just down to the weight for my height so I can feel healthier and have more energy.

So, are you making this year, a healthier you?

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  1. Your blog is so beautiful! Today's share is good food for thought! Good luck on your journey. My journey is also about moderation.

    1. AH! Thank you so much! I'm glad you like my little blog :) And definitely good luck with your healthy journey too!