Ringing in the New Year

Do you have any resolutions this year? Or are you trying to find a way to adjust your lifestyle?

I’m not usually one to set resolutions, as I don’t want to find out two days in I’ve given up. However, I am all about adjusting my lifestyle if needed and even resetting my mindset. For 2021, my plan is to focus on self-care and being brave. At the end of 2020, I was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). With that diagnosis, I went down the internet rabbit hole in finding information and learning about ways that I could more naturally lessen symptoms. That research brought to light that choosing to go gluten and dairy free would be the best maintenance plan for so many reasons. Although I am not a health professional, from what I researched and learned, I realized that choosing to make this lifestyle change could assist me in potential health risks associated with PCOS.

So here I am almost two months in and I’ve been able to stick to a gluten and dairy free lifestyle. Being brave was one of the first steps I faced in choosing to change my dietary habits. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who are great gurus on the subjects and assisted me in navigating good substitutions. However, with this lifestyle change, I am also focusing on eating less packaged and processed foods. So as part of 2021, my sister Gabby and myself, are going to also start adding recipe creations. Most of these will be our beloved baking recipes converted to a gluten and dairy free version, but who knows what we may discover.

Does the start of the New Year have you making plans? Scared you won’t stick with them?

Here are my tips on tackling and staying with those plans:

  1. Be Brave
    • Creating a new habit can be so hard. Realizing you have a plan or even a glimmer of an idea is just the tip of the iceberg. If you really want to kick-off the new year with a lasting habit, be brave. By being brave, you can be honest with yourself. You will know where you are starting and where you want to go. Taking the first step is the hardest part, and bravery is the way to get there.
  2. Share Your Story
    • This does not mean you need to tell the world, you just need to tell yourself! Share your story with who you are comfortable with and when you are comfortable sharing. The first step in realizing your plans can be simply by writing them down, just for you. The first step could also be by sharing your plan with the whole world via Instagram. The sharing part is important, but the size and scale are up to you.
  3. Love Yourself
    • This such an important part of the process. Many times resolutions fall to the wayside when we get busy or we just simply don’t want to do it anymore. If life gets in the way and your plans fall to the wayside, do not beat yourself up. Instead gather yourself, ground yourself, remember to love yourself. Find a way to get back on track, if that is what you want to do, if not, find a new track. Loving yourself is such an important aspect of a new journey, finding ways to stay in tune with who you are and what you are attempting to accomplish succeeds because of self-love.
  4. Keep Your Eyes on The Prize
    • If you know me, you know I am very competitive. Although you do not have to be competitive to succeed in your goals and dreams, you do need to remember what you will gain when you accomplish your goals or plans. I like to think about this accomplishment by, “keeping my eyes on the prize”. Your prize is your goal or what you will gain, this is important to remember every step of the way. Even with a complete lifestyle change, the prize could be what you are actively gaining. For me, my current prize is that I already feel healthier having changed my dietary habits for 2.5 months.

As 2021 begins, remember it’s okay to take it easy and not dive right into a new change. Listen to your body, listen to your needs, and discover what will work for you. For me, this year will be a focus on tuning in to my needs and more importantly, being brave.

Cheers to 2021,

Gracie Love

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