By: Nikia Wells
It’s the beginning of a new year. It’s a fresh start, a brand new calendar year, and the perfect time to create a laundry list of things to revamp, ellevate and improve. Resolving to grow and change can be a good thing. But, hefty personal promises to make exceptional and extraordinary strides at the stroke of midnight, can be a recipe for frustration, and quickly moving onto the next beat of reality.
Growth, development, and the psychology of change is a deeply personal journey, but food is universal – so let’s start there.
Food not only brings us nourishment and sustrinence, but it can bring us comfort, joy, happiness or be the centerpiece of entertainment, celebrations, or even mourning. But, you know what they say about indulging in too much of a good thing….
According to www.statista.com, roughly 50% of people make food or weight centric resolutions at the start of each year, and gyms and âhealthâ food sections of grocery stores get more action in January than they do perhaps all year. While many of us know that realistic changes that fit in with our personal lifestyles and taste preferences may yield the best results in the long term, we often still yearn for a quick fix, and try grueling workouts, “healthy” foods that make us gag, and the restrictive lifestyles that we know will only inspire us to rebel and cheat when no one is looking.
But, instead of giving up delicious foods and dishes – the ones that we all look forward to savouring at the end of a long day or enjoying with friends and family around the dinner table (or in front of the TV cackling at our favourite show – we dont judge around here) – consider making small swaps to lighten up your favourite foods instead of ridding them from your plate completely.
While most of us won’t be switching to a yogurt based guava duff sauce or macaroni and cheese anytime soon (if we’re just being honest), using smaller plates and smaller portions, going for flavour in the form of limes, herbs and aromatics instead of creamy, heavy alternatives, or just enjoying a small amount of a favourite item instead of the entire box, bag or pan, can help you to lighten up while still enjoying the spice (and flavour) of life.