One Healthy Thing

December 29, 2014

“The greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make
A special one for you”
Get your act together.
So many of us wake on January 2 filled with…the glow of Christmas past?
Nope. With regret; for too many indulgences and too little attention paid to our well-being.
But don’t sweat it, baby. I have you covered. This month, January, the month of steely resolve that all too often melts by February, I offer you…
One Healthy Thing
You’re a short 31 days away from a healthier you and it couldn’t be easier.
Each day offers you a tip, technique, recipe or tried and true advice that…if followed…will help you improve your health and wellness measurably. And it’s not just empty words. With my advice comes tools in the form of education: demonstration-style and hands-on classes designed to get you started on the path to cooking…and living well.
The Dalai Lama said, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die and then he dies having never really lived.”
Don’t waste another moment feeling less than your best. Here’s to you and your healthiest year yet.
And that’s just the beginning! Be sure to follow me on social media too; we’ll be doing some cool things with each tip and I’d love to hear about your successes and even your ideas on Facebook (@Christina Cooks), Twitter (@ChristinaCooks), Instagram (@ChristinaCooks) and Pinterest (@Christina Pirello).  And, don’t forget to join in on the conversation; be sure to tag your posts with #onehealthything.  
These first tips are like dipping your wee toes in the waters of wellness…or ready to refresh your commitment to health.  Join us here each Monday as we reveal the week’s tips, and be sure to take them day-by-day. We’re keeping it oh, so gentle that you won’t even realize you’ve made changes, except that you’ll be glowing. From simply staying hydrated and eating breakfast to sleeping and adding salads to your diet, we have you covered with tips, ideas and yes, recipes to aid you in your transformation!
Week 1: January 1st – January 4th
January 1: Eat Breakfast
Breakfast sets the tone of the day. Your mother was right…at least about this. From whole grain toast to whole grain porridge to natural energy bars, eating breakfast ensures you have energy for the day. And if having stamina isn’t enough for you, how about this? Studies show that people who eat breakfast eat less through the day, have fewer sugar cravings and gain less weight. Breakfast anyone? To get you started, I love this yummy and easy to make Homemade Breakfast Cereal, it is packed with protein and antioxidants so it keeps you feeling sated longer. You’ll sail right past the cookies in the break room and avoid overeating through the day. 
January 2: Stay Hydrated
Sure, we can drink water and stay hydrated…but we can also eat 5 servings of vegetables and fruit which are loaded with moisture…and vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and other essential nutrients. The fact that they are delicious is just icing on the cake! Pun absolutely intended!  If you have any question in your mind about the importance of veggies and fruit in our diet, check out the website Fruits & Veggies Matter
January 3: Eat at the same time, everyday.
Our metabolism likes regularity so eating at the same time each day ensures it stays stoked. Nutrients and calories are efficiently assimilated. S-o-o-o-o-o-o if we want to maintain a healthy weight and not binge eat, eating regularly is the key. 
January 4: Eat a Salad
Worried you won’t like veggies? Or that they might be too much work to add to your diet? Don’t be silly! Make a salad. You get nutrient-dense foods without breaking a sweat…and even if you change nothing else about your diet, you reap the benefits of the vitamins, minerals, moisture and fiber that are the hallmarks of salad…in the most delicious way. I love this Crunchy Tuscan Kale Salad. It features veggie superstar, kale and is so easy to make and so delicious, you’ll find yourself making it over and over!