Our Growing Roots: Resolve to Connect to Real Food this New Year

A Real Food Resolution

With the holidays behind us, there’s a lot of talk around the water cooler about New Year’s resolutions. If you listen, you’ll notice that most of them center largely on calorie restriction and losing weight. We resolve to be thinner, and use the pressure of the upcoming beach season to feed a false sense of motivation. Before we know it, the pressure gives way to frustration, regret, and self-defeat. Just as food creates an avenue of connection to others, it can also enhance (or inhibit) the connection we have with ourselves.

In the hustle of everyday life, it can be easy to forget that food is, ultimately, our life source. We may not think of this as we rush by the take-out window, because food has become something we don’t have to think about. But at what cost? One of the most critical components in improving our relationship with food is knowing where it comes from and what’s in it. We have drifted from the cherished process of cultivating, planting, and preparing foods in a way that was commonplace a hundred years ago. That said, it’s never too late to make a new start and chart a new course. Given that food is our most basic right and necessity as human beings, it makes sense that cultivating a connection with food is one of the most essential components of creating lasting change. It begins with mindfully shifting the focus from what we eat to how we eat.  Read the rest of this entry »

Setting Intentions for a Mindful New Year

Pursuing Mindfulness in 2016

With the simultaneous and instantaneous beginning and end marking the shift between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day comes an almost equally sudden desire for change. Along with the start of a new year come all of our best intentions for our selves, our treatment of others, and our footprint in our community and our world. In order to accomplish all that we’d like to, or even all that we can, during the new year, it is perhaps more important to connect with ourselves before we attempt to change ourselves – exploring the shape and structure of our foundation before we build upon it.

With the importance of connecting with our inner self in mind, we set our intentions for the new year: to discover mindfulness. Following on the heels of 2014’s resolution to appreciate daily moments  and 2015’s goal of sharing acts of kindness, our 2016 resolution is to pursue mindfulness and connect with our true sense of our selves. While the resolutions of previous years drew us further outside of ourselves in our efforts to create positive change in the world around us, this year’s resolution draws us back in, encouraging us to focus on ourselves in order to support our continued pursuit of the ability to have a positive impact on our communities and our world.  Read the rest of this entry »

Making A List of Kindness for 2015

Being a Catalyst of New Year Kindness in Your Community

For the new year, make a family commitment to spreading kindness throughout your community! Rather than creating resolutions for self-transformation based on perceived flaws, celebrate your skills and share your love for those around you by engaging in acts of kindness all year long. It’s a powerful project!

At the start of 2014, we encouraged families to focus on resolving not to change or add to their lives, but to simply enjoy the good things in life. Rather than using the start of a new year as a time to focus on ways to fix perceived flaws in ourselves, it’s much more enjoyable to use the first of the year as a time to spark positivity and, after focusing on enjoying the good stuff in 2014, families can use the start of 2015 to spark a year of sharing kindness.

In addition to being a time for celebration, the holiday season brings with it a culture of kindness and generosity and, as the holidays come to a close, this culture is often stowed away or scaled back until the next year’s holidays come around. However, instead of letting kindness, generosity, and compassion be character traits that we reserve for only the most celebratory time of year, families can resolve to share kindness throughout the year – helping to remind themselves and others that being kind is necessary no matter the season.  Read the rest of this entry »

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