January 2011

January 1, 2011 in 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

January: In this Issue

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

Grandma really enjoys celebrations and special days; so each month she will share a few ideas that she thinks are interesting.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Recipes and thoughts on making food taste good and build healthy bodies.

January Happenings

New beginnings; starting with a clean slate: these are the images that appear for me as I endure the shortest days of the year and look forward to the lengthening days of the new year.

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is a time to let go of the past and embrace the new. We allow ourselves one last fling with the old on New Year’s Eve, then start fresh on New Year’s Day — with an entire year of promise ahead.

National Get Organized Month

The traditional saying is “In with the new and out with the old.” I think we some times underestimate how important it is to get rid of the old in order to make room for what is really important for us. Of course, getting organized is much more than just getting rid of what we no longer need, but ridding ourselves of unnecessary items is a critical part of the process. Getting rid of what we no longer need allows room for the things we want and it also gives us breathing space. Getting rid of unhealthy food in the house gives us space for healthier food and the unhealthy food is no longer around to tempt us.

New Year’s Resolutions Month

Resolutions focus us on what we want to accomplish. Resolutions give perspective to what is important. Without resolutions, time can be consumed for days, weeks and months by what appears to be critical at the moment. As I look forward to the new year, I resolve to eat healthier, exercise more consistently, and be grateful for what I have. I commit to the actions that will allow my resolutions to become reality.

Diet Resolution Week
January 1st – 7th.

Don’t go on a diet with the idea of losing all the excess weight you have put on since who knows when; rather change your diet. Learn how to give your body what it needs: nutrients from whole foods. Learn how not to overload your body with sugar, saturated fats and salt — things that it doesn’t need. Learn how to love and nurture your body. Appreciate your body for what it is and appreciate the health that you have.

Family Fit Lifestyle Month

Resolve to get you and your family moving. Start slowly, but START! Incorporate walks, sports that the entire family likes, or perhaps even weight training at home or a local recreation center. It will be easier to change your eating style and activity patterns if the whole family is involved.

National Lose Weight, Feel Great Month

Does it make you feel less overwhelmed that the whole country has dedicated a month to losing weight? There are plenty of people out there with the same objectives as you; share ideas, start exercise groups, exchange recipes — whatever you can do to help each other!

International Creativity Month

You might find that creativity can help you tremendously in pursuing your health and fitness goals. Think outside of the box. Try new things, even if they may seem a little wacky! If they work, you will benefit or — you might even start a new trend!

Oatmeal Month

Oatmeal is a great whole grain; it is filling and provides many nutrients. One thing to watch for: be sure that you get the whole grain oatmeal – rolled oats or steel cut — and not the instant kind which frequently has sugar added. To spice up your oatmeal you can add cinnamon, Dr. Grandma’s Delight and walnuts. It is yummy and a great way to start the day.

National Soup Month

With lots of cold weather ahead, soup seems like the perfect meal. It is excellent for warming your body after returning from a cross-country ski trip or a walk around the neighborhood. Broth-based soups with lots of vegetables fill you up and provide nutrients without a lot of calories. Avoid cream-based soups that are usually high in fat and low in vegetables. Dr. Grandma has many great soup recipes to help you attain your health-related goals.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Recipes and thoughts on making food taste good and build healthy bodies.

Did you miss any of these articles? These were some of the most popular blog posts and the most fun to write:

  • The Boring Tortoise Technique in this December 3rd post Dr. Grandma discusses weight management techniques that can last a lifetime.
  • Get Movin’ in this December 10th post, Mary Ireland provides more evidence for the importance of starting an exercise program now. Also included is a yummy butternut squash soup recipe.
  • Starting with the Bottom Line in this December 15th post, Dr. Grandma discusses the health benefits of alpha-carotene and how to increase it in the diet. In addition, she shares a new recipe for Mashed Carrots and Red Garnet Yams.
  • Watching the Pennies in this December 24th post, Mary Ireland shares ideas for applying conventional financial wisdom to implementing a healthy diet and fitness program.
  • Resolving to Escape the McVictim Syndrome in this December 29th blog, Dr. Grandma shares ideas from three articles that may ultimately lead us to improved health. In addition, she shares a recipe for Chickpea, Kale and Wheat Berry Soup.

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