With the holiday season comes holiday food, drink, and socialization. These things don’t usually mix well with my normal dietary preferences and restrictions. I can feel the negative effects on my body. So, with the new year, it is my resolve to return to my healthy eating habits. A return to my gluten-free, dairy-free, predominantly vegetarian diet, and back to routine of taking my iron supplements as prescribed by my physician.
As every year that passes, we change as individuals. For me, these changes have been taking leaps and bounds in the last few years as I have been rediscovering who I am as an individual. I have learned how important it is to me that I am aware of my impact on the Earth and society. I choose organic as often as I can not only because the chemicals are so damaging to my and my children’s bodies, but because these chemicals are also damaging to our Earth. I choose fresh produce as often as I can because that is what I prefer, however, I do prefer the local organic fare and choose to frequent local growers and farmers markets when I can. Winter here makes that impossible though. Gluten free and dairy free requirements are based on diagnoses from my physician over the years, not fad diets. I know when I am not following those requirements, and it’s usually holidays when this happens and I am not in complete control of my diet. I do pay for these times, as I am right now.
The other thing that changed is my attention to my own needs. To have things that fulfill me, which include hobbies and those things beyond my career, and my own spirituality. As the start of this new year, I also resolve to devote time to these things, to provide myself a deeper and more profound existence. This includes spending more time on my creative outlets, whether that be photography, painting, or writing. Spending more time on meditation, yoga, and with my spiritual directors.
Things don’t change dramatically just because the calendar changes, but small changes…small sustainable changes…can make a difference in our lives when we choose to make those adjustments in our lives. They need to be done with the right intention though. With the intention to maintain these changes, that is the driving force to continue to develop into who we are to become.