Who doesn’t love a fresh start? It’s an opportunity to have a good think about what is working and not working in your life and plan to change things up a little. In my childhood and teen years on New Year’s Day, my wonderful, wise Dad (who has been gone for almost 10 years now) sent us all off to our rooms with pen and paper in hand to write down our goals for the year. It was always slightly annoying as I had places to go and people to see! However, it ended up being an extremely valuable exercise and probably played a role in forming me into the person I am today. We spent at least an hour thinking, writing, planning and getting excited for the year ahead.

Most of the goals I wrote down on those days were slightly ambitious and many were forgotten after the first month but there were a few that stuck and made all the difference to my year. These days I choose two to three goals/New Year’s resolutions and really try and stick with them. Here are mine for 2016:

Meditate every day for 20 minutes

It has now been proven that calming the mind and doing daily mediation is a huge part of the healing process from MS or any disease. Inflammation is calmed, stress is reduced and your ability to make the right lifestyle decisions increases. If you’re interested in learning more about the healing benefits of meditation then I strongly suggest you watch ‘The Connection’. You can read more about it in my post on The Effect of Mind on Body. My usual mediation time is 10 minutes and often I don’t do it every day. I would like to increase the time and the number of days I do it. It really does help!

Increase my planning, forethought and organisational skills.

During the past year I have felt like a chicken without a head, just running senselessly in so many different directions at once! To my shame, I have missed dentist appointments, important dates at my children’s school and just haven’t felt on top of things, generally. Being disorganised has actually added to my stress. I am really just trying to make more of an effort to be in touch with the myriad of things happening in my life. I’m going to have a weekly meeting with myself each Sunday night and plan exactly what I need to do that week. I have a year planner on my wall and have started to fill in the various dates, appointments and activities for the year. Already it all feels more manageable!

There is also so much I want to do this year. I want to record more podcasts and maybe a few videos for MSDFW. I want to be able to interact with you a bit more so webinars would an awesome addition as well. None of this is possible without clear thinking and organisation.

Get More Nutrients

This is a long standing goal for me as I know, the more nutrients I put inside my body, the healthier I’ll be. The problem is that I actually only eat two main meals a day. I have my huge smoothie in the morning which is crammed with berries, spinach, almonds, beetroot and cacao to name a few ingredients. This literally keeps be going until 2-3pm at which time I have my main meal of the day consisting of Veg and rice or fish. I eat my main meal early so that it is fully digested by the time I go to bed. That way, my body can focus on healing and reconstruction instead of digestion while I sleep. You can read more about this important element of healing here.

At this time of day, I want to eat a greater variety of veg as I tend to stick to a few of my favourites. Something new I’ll be trying is another smoothie or raw juice at 7:30pm when my husband is eating his dinner. This is great opportunity to get those extra nutrients in and actually be able to enjoy ‘dinner time’ with my husband.

The Core Goals

There are so many other little things I would like to improve on or do more of but I feel that I need to focus on these three core goals and then hopefully some of the others will naturally fall into place.

What Does Your Fresh Start Look Like?

Perhaps you’re just starting the MS diet and need to become more focused and disciplined with your eating. Maybe you know exactly what to do but you just keep falling off the wagon and losing motivation to continue. It’s a tough road to walk alone especially when you have so many other demands on your time. I would like to help. I have created two sets of resources to make this journey a little more manageable and to help get you into the swing of things: Meal Plan Packs and BOOST Plan.

Meal Plan Packs

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These weekly meal plans take all the hard work out of the MS diet. All your meals are planned out for you.  You also get the accompanying recipes for each meal plus a unique grocery list for each week. You can either choose to follow the meal plans religiously or just use them for meal ideas and make them your own. You will also have access to the private online community where a great amount of sharing and encouragement takes place.

Note: the Meal Pack Membership includes 24 weeks of meal plans and 20 weeks worth of BOOST resources. This is a good option if you would like both resources at no extra cost.

You can purchase the Meal Packs here.

Let’s Do This

I’m looking forward to a year of consolidation and reorganisation. Yes, there will be a few new things thrown in there but I mainly just want to improve on what I am already doing. I want to do things better and with greater efficiency and in so doing, build a firmer foundation. I just want to encourage you to persevere with your MS diet. It’s a long term commitment that will pay off in the long run. Food does heal. It may meant the difference between a wheelchair and bicycle. It’s that important. I’ll leave you with this poignant quote:

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”

Alan Cohen

Whatever you are hoping to accomplish this year, I wish you all of the very best in your decisions and ventures!  As usual I’m always here if you need to chat.