Out of my Rut

I’m in a rut. While enjoying some different foods from others helping me out this week, it has made me think of how I get stuck in ruts of eating the same things over and over.

Realizing this rut and then reading cooking magazines and watching foods shows all week, I’ve decided to keep trying some new foods & recipes-want to join me?  Each month I’ll highlight a new recipe (or two) I’ve tried that is healthy and appeals to more than just me-ideally the family. For me it doesn’t work unless there’s some consensus in the family.

We are on a wellness journey together, so let’s keep it healthy and with minimal ingredients!  I love reading cookbooks with intricate recipes, but in reality those occur once or twice a year for me-so simple and healthy is more realistic for everyday.

You have the Wellness Granola and the Wellness Journey Snack Mix recipes, so how about we start with a healthy, simple and interesting entrée?

Submit your recipes or chime in with ideas and next month I’ll highlight one or more that fit into our wellness vibe.  Comment here at the end of the post, email me at jill@memoryminders.net  or join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter.  What fun-each month we’ll get a new recipe (or more depending on how ambitious we all are) to try and keep us out of our ruts!

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Today and next Friday I’ll share some little things I’ve changed in my diet. I think these have made a difference in my overall mind and body health:  this week-beverages.

Water-as discussed in a previous post, I really do try to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day-just ask my husband who finds the water cups all over our house.  It does wonders for lots of reasons already described.

Pomegranate juice-full of antioxidants and I have been drinking it for years.  I don’t get sick very often and I credit this to a large degree.  I mix it with oj everyday to make it stretch as it’s a bit expensive, but it’s also a bit tart.  I buy the pure Pomegranate juice and then I mix it with other things myself, including holiday cocktails!

I don’t eat or drink diet anything.  Period.  And neither do my children. My friends think I’m crazy but it really doesn’t do any good in my opinion.  In my college biology class we saw how bad saccharin was for your body (yes I know that dates me, sorry) and I haven’t looked back since.  Research has shown diet sugars can make you eat or drink more, not less.  That and many other reasons have made me decide not to consume it.  I also do not like the taste of diet things and can taste it a mile away.  Some like Stevia as it’s plant based but to me, it’s still artificial.  It’s real sugar or agave nectar for me.   I know some people will have an issue with this, but it works for me.  If you are diabetic and cannot have real sugar, there are good options out there.  But now you know why I drink a lot of water.

I have virtually eliminated soda from my diet.  Occasionally I’ll have a newer type that is made from just juice, carbonated water and you guessed it-sugar.  On rare occasions, I’ll have a Coke, but am trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup too…

Green tea-I love this cold in summer and warm in the winter, but it does have a bit of caffeine so be aware if that impacts you.  I have also been trying not to sweeten my tea.  This past summer while in the South I enjoyed lots of sweet tea- it tastes good, but boy is it sweet!

These tips for beverages fit me and my life.  See what you think.

I cannot wait to keep blazing a new trail to stay out of my rut with some new foods and recipes.  Send your favorite simple, healthy entrees and watch for one (or more) of them next month!

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