2012, Here we come!

I am someone who embraces resolutions (not like my mother). Why not start out the new year making some promises to yourself? The key is not to make too many, and not to make them unattainable.

While I do have an ever-expanding list of general goals (keep the house cleaner, do laundry every day, plan homeschool better, exercise a lot more), I have two specific goals for right now.

First, I am participating in Julie F. Hedlund’s 12×12 in 2012 challenge. The goal is to write a draft of a picture book every month in 2012. It’s an extension of PiBoIdMo, and I had so much fun doing that, so I’m really excited about 12×12 in 2012.

Second, I am starting off the first 21 days of 2012 by eating the way I’m supposed to. I was going to do the Whole Living cleanse, but then I looked at it more carefully and realized that it doesn’t really include proteins (or, barely, solids) for the first week, and that seems like a bad plan for a nursing mom. So, I’m picking and choosing parts from it, like:

  • no processed foods
  • no added sugar (meaning no chocolate, but yes fruit)
  • no alcohol
  • no caffeinated coffee (ha! I can flippantly jump into this one because I haven’t had caffeinated coffee since December 2002)
  • no dairy
  • drink a lot of water
  • do it all for 21 days

They also say “no wheat” and then say that if you haven’t given up wheat before, you should try, because you might feel more energized. That’s fine. But I have given up wheat before, and I felt awful.

Whole Living also says you should be hungry at certain points during the day. That your stomach should rumble at least four times a day. I’m trying to embrace this too. I’m generally home all day, which means that often, if I get the teensiest bit hungry (or if I’m bored, or avoiding doing something annoying), then I eat. That stops now.

The other component I’m bringing to it is that I know how to eat well, I just choose not to sometimes. So I’m going to be cooking a lot less kid-friendly white pasta, and making more stir fries and squash and stuff like shiitake fried rice and barley risotto. And everything Mark Bittman recommends today in his “semi-vegan” article in the New York Times magazine.

What about you? Do you have any goals for 2012?

Comments (9)

  1. Beth Stilborn January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    How does that “no dairy” work for a nursing mom? (I don’t think I could do “no dairy”. Wait, I KNOW I couldn’t. I am incredibly dependent on yogurt and milk. Trying to cut down on cheese, though.)

    I am so excited about 12 x 12. It’s going to be a great experience, I know already!

  2. Hannah January 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I’m not making any resolutions this year. (Although I am also participating in the 12×12). Good luck with your cleanse. I also like to eat well (and by well I mean healthily), but I’m lousy at making specific goals. Let me know how it goes. Maybe you’ll inspire me to get on the resolution band wagon. 🙂

  3. Julie January 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Beth, I hadn’t thought about how “no dairy” might apply to nursing. I was thinking more of needing a generally balanced diet (one with solid food!). Last year we thought Ramona (my youngest) was allergic to wheat, dairy, egg, and peanut, so I gave all that up. It stunk (especially since it turns out she’s not allergic to any of that — phew!), but I realized I don’t need dairy as much as I thought I did.

    Um, I will also tell you that I’ve already had dairy, because Dave made pancakes for breakfast and chicken with scalloped potatoes for dinner. So I guess I’m revising to say: no cheese for 21 days, and don’t finish off the kids’ buttery english muffins just because they left them on the table.

  4. Renee LaTulippe January 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Hi Julie! Just subscribed to your blog and poked around your archives a bit – so much great info, and I love your sense of humor. I’m also doing 12×12, so I’m making the rounds to other participants in a “getting to know you” kind of way. The 365 Things is GREAT! I’m a bit of a minimalist, so I don’t buy much (except books and housewares)and I love throwing stuff away. 🙂 Looking forward to getting to know you this year — here’s to a succesful 12×12!

  5. Sylvie January 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I just read that soy products are bad for you.

  6. Julie January 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Bad, good, I can’t keep track on soy. I’m going to keep eating it.

  7. Julie Hedlund January 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    So excited to have you on board! 🙂

  8. Nancy Fairweather January 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    How about some great raw recipes for 2012? They are exotic, colourful and exciting (and delicious). try Raw on $10 a day (or less), or google raw food bloggers. 🙂

  9. Julie January 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Nancy, I have Raw Energy (http://worldofjulie.com/?p=2945), which I like a lot. So much raw food is so simple, like an apple with almond butter. I don’t know how it would work as a 24/7, family feeding thing, but it’s good for snacks, I think.

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