The New Year

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits” – Unknown

If I had a dollar for every time I hear someone say they are going to stop eating sweets or losing weight is on their resolutions list then I would most definitely be a millionaire.

I’m one of those people. I live with a baker. An extraordinary baker who literally makes some of the most amazing baked goods I’ve ever had in my life. I’m southern and I know good baked goods. If I could count the times I’ve gone on a ‘diet’ and decided I won’t eat any of the tiny pieces of art he creates, then math would have to come up with a new number. That’s how many times I’ve said ‘nope.’

But recently, I’ve had a change of heart. A big part of my change of heart has to due with one of my dear friends who happens to be a personal trainer and nutritionist. She has a wonderful life philosophy that the principle of your life should be pleasure and not pain. We should not deny ourselves the very things we find enjoyable on this planet.

However, we should enjoy them in moderation.
We should not gorge until we are so full we cannot see straight. We should not ignore the bag of cookies for so long that we obsess about them. We should treasure deliciousness in our world. We should welcome that thing that delights our taste buds and truly treasure each bite. Let’s not scarf things down so fast we can’t taste them and live to talk to about it!

The slow food movement for me has literally become a time to slow everything down. Everything. My husband and I sit at dinner and actually talk to our children over the meal. No tv in the background, no phones near the table.  We enjoy our dinner. We enjoy each other.  We look forward to our dessert. We’ve stopped saying ‘no’ and started saying ‘yes please, just a small piece’. And you know what? I’ve started enjoying his delicious desserts again and stopped avoiding them. They are not the enemy.  I look forward to my small piece and it’s given me a whole new peace of mind in the new year.

I hope the new year brings wonderful resolutions and world shattering ideas for all of you. No matter how big or small or personal the revelation may be.

Happy New Year to all of you!

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