Healthy Goals for 2014

It has become a bit of an annual tradition here on the blog to talk about my health goals for the upcoming year.

And when I say annual tradition, I mean I did this in 2013…and I liked it so tried it again this year.

(The irony in this is that I’m coming off the most atrocious bout of flu I’ve ever had in my life.  I’m really excited right now about being able to move my eyeballs to the right and left without wanting to cry.)

Developing healthier habits can seem overwhelming, especially when I try to be unrealistic and do them all at once.  That is why I started a few years ago by making a list of several small, do-able changes that I could make for the upcoming year.

The term “small changes” sounds really boring, but it’s really not!  Small changes require a lot of hard work, and they pay off big!

Without further ado, my healthy goals for 2014:
Healthy Goals 2014
1.) Exercise ten minutes a day.  Something…anything!
2.)  Reduce the family’s gluten and dairy intake.
3.) Eat Paleo 80% of the time. (I’ll have to re-break my sugar addiction)
4.) Switch to stainless cookware.  (Yes, we are still using the toxic kind…)
5.) Built an essential oils stash and further my education about their use.
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6.) Fit back into my size 6 jeans again
7.) Don’t kill the majority of our garden this year.
8.)  Get adjusted by the chiropractor at least three times this year
9.) Spend at least fifteen minutes outside daily
I try not to put things like “lose weight” or “get skinny” on my list.  That’s for two reasons.  First, I do not own a scale because my body image and overall quality of life went up like a million points when my daughter played on it like a trampoline and broke it.   So I don’t like to think of my healthy goals in pounds anymore.
Second, “OMG I need to get sooooo skinny” is not a positive or sustainable lifestyle change.  I did add fitting back into my old jeans because, well, I have a drawerful of jeans I can’t wear.

So what about my goals from last year?  Did I win at being healthier in 2013?

Let’s find out.

Here is my Healthy Goals list for 2013 (you can read the original post here):

1.) Add Garden of Life Amazing Grass Superfood to our smoothies

Nope. FAIL.
I did start Garden of life Perfect Food this month. It’s got 45 different organic super foods and a bunch of fermented goodies.  The flavor is strong, so I mix it into a smoothie with strawberries, almond milk, and a little bit of OJ.  I tried adding some organic whey protein too, and that was also good. I’m still perfecting my recipe to try to mask the flavor of this bad-boy.  With a whole day’s worth of fruits and veggies packed in to a serving, it’s worth it.  (You can buy this on Amazon or on Vitacost.com).

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2.) Take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day (I CAN do this!)
No.  Nope.  And no way.  I tried this for a week and it was like a daily torture that I came to dread.  I ordered some Garden Of Life Raw Vitamin C  instead, and that was way better.  And a lot less like swallowing vinegar.  (I later added their raw Vitamin D too).
3.) Start on Garden of Life probiotics
YES.  I did this one!  (You can buy these on Amazon or on Vitacost.com.)

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4.)  Switch to raw milk
We did this for most of a year and then ended up going to almond milk.  We don’t drink milk fast enough.   The raw milk would go bad about halfway through the container.  At $7 a gallon, I couldn’t justify the waste. Almond milk lasts longer and everyone seems to like it.  (Plus, I’m working on reducing our gluten and dairy intake this year).
5.) Cut out more processed foods, especially by getting more creative with snacks for Michaiah.
Definitely improved this area.  We visit the snack food and frozen food aisles way less, but I’ve come to realize this will always be something we are working on.
6.) Get Michaiah to like at least two vegetables (she currently gets any veggies in smoothies).
If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year (in this glorious year of training a two-year-old) it that I can guide my children, but I cannot control them.  Especially the choices they make about their bodily functions.  K.K. still does not like vegetables and will pretend to eat them only to regurgitate them back onto her plate.  (Ew.)
I offer what we are eating for dinner and then I basically bribe her with desserts and other foods she likes.   Ya know, applesauce and fruit and stuff.  Oh, and let’s not kid ourselves.  Peer pressure works too.   (I got this from other veteran moms, can you tell?)  She has gone to bed many-a night choosing not to eat anything on her plate.  It was hard this year at Christmas when I had to hold my ground while everyone else got a Christmas cookie and she did not.  Training kids to eat veggies is a process.
7.) Start subbing out latte treats for Popeye Smoothies from the Nutrition Shoppe.
This was hard…not.  Because they also have an organic coffee/matcha smoothie with coconut ice cream that could put Starbucks out of business.
8.)  Make our own organic sodas at home with our new Soda Stream.  (Which we love, by the way! Saves us money and means we can avoid the chemicals in commercial sodas.)
For those of you who used to know the Diet Coke addict version of me, what I am about to tell you is going to blow your mind.  I don’t care about soda anymore. This is an absolute miracle.  It’s been over three years of hard work to break my soda cravings.  I never thought I’d see the day when I could be like “whatev” to a frosty Coca-cola Classic.  In fact, we made popcorn on Christmas Eve and I thought I would definitely need a root beer with it.  I cracked it open, took one sip, and gave the rest to David.  I know, it’s weird.
Please, hold your applause for number nine.  Ahem.
9.) Go back to early morning spin class and get back to lifting weights/yoga (which will probably entail at least 8 weeks with a trainer to kickstart me).
Three words for you.  Ha. Ha. And ha.  We’ll need to try again in 2014.  I currently have no plan.  I’ll let you know how this works out for me.
10.)  Start a small back yard garden this summer.  (We are already composting!)
Yes…we did this in a technical sense.  In a realistic sense, most of it died or was severely stunted.  Though 80% of the things we planted did not grow, we did have an unreasonably massive amount of peppers, a surprise crop of pumpkins in the middle of our cantaloupe patch, and a spearmint plant that materialized out of nowhere and took over part of my back yard.  It was a good learning experience.
11.)  Start switching out my plastic containers for Mason jars and glass.  
While I do have some plastic left, the majority of my containers are glass now.  I collect vintage Pyrex from the thrift store, but I also love Snapware  (also by Pyrex) because they are easy to stack.  You can write on the lids with a dry-erase marker.  (I got my 18-piece set from Amazon).

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In last year’s post, I closed by mentioning that I wasn’t ready to add anything real crazy to my list like a Paleo diet.  I thought it would be too hard and unattainable to eliminate food groups.  In a moment of desperation, I jumped off the boat and tried Paleo for three months in a last-ditch attempt to lose a bunch of baby weight. (I gained 60 pounds…again.  Sigh.  Not my proudest moment.)
Not only did I lose most of the weight (without exercise), but I also felt amazing!  I didn’t realize I had some digestive problems that needed fixing until I took out dairy and gluten.  I also noticed that I could go for a lot longer between meals and had sustained energy throughout the day without blood sugar dips.  The hardest part was the first three days of severe sugar cravings, but after conquering that demon, Paleo turned out to be awesome for me.
If you want to learn more, I recommend the best-selling book Practical Paleo.  I was put off by the term “paleo” at first, because it sounded like a thing where we all try to get in touch with our inner neanderthal or something. It is actually a scientifically researched healing diet.  It’s less about being a caveman and more about how our bodies process food.  Practical Paleo does a great job explaining the science of the body’s digestion and how we turn food into energy.  It also provides menu plans and tons of recipes.
If you are interested in trying Paleo, but don’t know where to start, a great, non-intimidating way to check it out is with Emeals!  Yep, they have a Paleo plan and it’s not only delicious, but incredibly do-able.  In the next couple of months I’ll be putting out my own review of Emeals’ Paleo plan, which we are currently using.
Here’s to a healthier 2014!
What are your healthy goals for this year?  Did anyone else surprise themselves last year by doing something they didn’t think they could?
(Emeals is a meal planning service that gives you a weekly menu and shopping list.  The cost is just $5 a month! I am an affiliate with Emeals, so if you sign up with them through the ad on my side bar, you will be supporting my blog!  I’m also an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any of the products mentioned above through the provided links, you are also supporting me!)
  • Add Garden of Life Amazing Grass Superfood to our smoothies
  • Take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day (I CAN do this!)
  • Start on Garden of Life probiotics
  • Switch to raw milk
  • Cut out more processed foods, especially by getting more creative with snacks for Michaiah
  • Get Michaiah to like at least two vegetables (she currently gets any veggies in smoothies)
  • Start subbing out latte treats for Popeye Smoothies from the Nutrition Shoppe
  • Make our own organic sodas at home with our new Soda Stream.  While we have cut way back on soda, my husband admits it is his major weakness.  I definitely join in the cravings, especially when I eat salty foods like popcorn and pizza.  Fortunately,  I find that a small amount satisfies me, unlike in the past.
  • Go back to early morning spin class and get back to lifting weights/yoga (which will probably entail at least 8 weeks with a trainer to kickstart me)
  • Start a small back yard garden this summer.  (We are already composting!)
  • Start switching out my plastic containers for Mason jars and glass

– See more at: http://frugalfaye.com/2013/01/14/healthy-lifestyle-changes-for-2013/#sthash.hnnEQUpI.dpuf

  • Add Garden of Life Amazing Grass Superfood to our smoothies
  • Take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day (I CAN do this!)
  • Start on Garden of Life probiotics
  • Switch to raw milk
  • Cut out more processed foods, especially by getting more creative with snacks for Michaiah
  • Get Michaiah to like at least two vegetables (she currently gets any veggies in smoothies)
  • Start subbing out latte treats for Popeye Smoothies from the Nutrition Shoppe
  • Make our own organic sodas at home with our new Soda Stream.  While we have cut way back on soda, my husband admits it is his major weakness.  I definitely join in the cravings, especially when I eat salty foods like popcorn and pizza.  Fortunately,  I find that a small amount satisfies me, unlike in the past.
  • Go back to early morning spin class and get back to lifting weights/yoga (which will probably entail at least 8 weeks with a trainer to kickstart me)
  • Start a small back yard garden this summer.  (We are already composting!)
  • Start switching out my plastic containers for Mason jars and glass

– See more at: http://frugalfaye.com/2013/01/14/healthy-lifestyle-changes-for-2013/#sthash.hnnEQUpI.dpuf

  • Add Garden of Life Amazing Grass Superfood to our smoothies
  • Take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day (I CAN do this!)
  • Start on Garden of Life probiotics
  • Switch to raw milk
  • Cut out more processed foods, especially by getting more creative with snacks for Michaiah
  • Get Michaiah to like at least two vegetables (she currently gets any veggies in smoothies)
  • Start subbing out latte treats for Popeye Smoothies from the Nutrition Shoppe
  • Make our own organic sodas at home with our new Soda Stream.  While we have cut way back on soda, my husband admits it is his major weakness.  I definitely join in the cravings, especially when I eat salty foods like popcorn and pizza.  Fortunately,  I find that a small amount satisfies me, unlike in the past.
  • Go back to early morning spin class and get back to lifting weights/yoga (which will probably entail at least 8 weeks with a trainer to kickstart me)
  • Start a small back yard garden this summer.  (We are already composting!)
  • Start switching out my plastic containers for Mason jars and glass

– See more at: http://frugalfaye.com/2013/01/14/healthy-lifestyle-changes-for-2013/#sthash.hnnEQUpI.dpuf

  • Add Garden of Life Amazing Grass Superfood to our smoothies
  • Take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day (I CAN do this!)
  • Start on Garden of Life probiotics
  • Switch to raw milk
  • Cut out more processed foods, especially by getting more creative with snacks for Michaiah
  • Get Michaiah to like at least two vegetables (she currently gets any veggies in smoothies)
  • Start subbing out latte treats for Popeye Smoothies from the Nutrition Shoppe
  • Make our own organic sodas at home with our new Soda Stream.  While we have cut way back on soda, my husband admits it is his major weakness.  I definitely join in the cravings, especially when I eat salty foods like popcorn and pizza.  Fortunately,  I find that a small amount satisfies me, unlike in the past.
  • Go back to early morning spin class and get back to lifting weights/yoga (which will probably entail at least 8 weeks with a trainer to kickstart me)
  • Start a small back yard garden this summer.  (We are already composting!)
  • Start switching out my plastic containers for Mason jars and glass

– See more at: http://frugalfaye.com/2013/01/14/healthy-lifestyle-changes-for-2013/#sthash.hnnEQUpI.dpuf

  • Add Garden of Life Amazing Grass Superfood to our smoothies
  • Take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day (I CAN do this!)
  • Start on Garden of Life probiotics
  • Switch to raw milk
  • Cut out more processed foods, especially by getting more creative with snacks for Michaiah
  • Get Michaiah to like at least two vegetables (she currently gets any veggies in smoothies)
  • Start subbing out latte treats for Popeye Smoothies from the Nutrition Shoppe
  • Make our own organic sodas at home with our new Soda Stream.  While we have cut way back on soda, my husband admits it is his major weakness.  I definitely join in the cravings, especially when I eat salty foods like popcorn and pizza.  Fortunately,  I find that a small amount satisfies me, unlike in the past.
  • Go back to early morning spin class and get back to lifting weights/yoga (which will probably entail at least 8 weeks with a trainer to kickstart me)
  • Start a small back yard garden this summer.  (We are already composting!)
  • Start switching out my plastic containers for Mason jars and glass

– See more at: http://frugalfaye.com/2013/01/14/healthy-lifestyle-changes-for-2013/#sthash.hnnEQUpI.dpuf

  • Add Garden of Life Amazing Grass Superfood to our smoothies
  • Take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day (I CAN do this!)
  • Start on Garden of Life probiotics
  • Switch to raw milk
  • Cut out more processed foods, especially by getting more creative with snacks for Michaiah
  • Get Michaiah to like at least two vegetables (she currently gets any veggies in smoothies)
  • Start subbing out latte treats for Popeye Smoothies from the Nutrition Shoppe
  • Make our own organic sodas at home with our new Soda Stream.  While we have cut way back on soda, my husband admits it is his major weakness.  I definitely join in the cravings, especially when I eat salty foods like popcorn and pizza.  Fortunately,  I find that a small amount satisfies me, unlike in the past.
  • Go back to early morning spin class and get back to lifting weights/yoga (which will probably entail at least 8 weeks with a trainer to kickstart me)
  • Start a small back yard garden this summer.  (We are already composting!)
  • Start switching out my plastic containers for Mason jars and glass

– See more at: http://frugalfaye.com/2013/01/14/healthy-lifestyle-changes-for-2013/#sthash.hnnEQUpI.dpuf

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  • http://sweetcarolinahome.blogspot.com/ Molly Evans

    you have a great start here. I’m with you one #1. and I’m also working on #5. I got a book and a few oils for Christmas, but they are still sitting in the box. except the lavender oil, I love smelling that one before I go to bed.

  • Jamie

    I only have one official New Year’s Resolution and that is to walk every single day. I am doing it so far! I have a minimum goal of 2 miles a day. I am finding that that one change is leading to other good changes (like having more energy etc…). I really want this to become a habit for me that is as basic as brushing my teeth. Your posts help with housework motivation!

  • Rebecca

    Two goals I have identified are to do at least one strict pull up without help, and be my “goal weight” by my 30th bday this summer. Paleo will be involved. As well as regular Kambucha cleanses and such. Also chicken and broccoli

    So far that’s it

    • frugalfaye

      I’ll be so jelly if you can do a pull-up unassisted! I don’t think I’ve ever done that in my life!