Eating Right in 2014

Sunset at Otec

Every year I make a list of resolutions for the New Year. This year, well, just eff it. For many reasons my life is very much being lived in the present right now, as in I just don’t have time to think about tomorrow at this moment. It’s freeing. My uber planning obsessed brain is taking a break from sketching the future.

Because I’m not spending thought energy thinking about what lies ahead, I find myself thinking a lot about what I have right now, in front of my face. And friends, I have much to be so very grateful for. So instead of figuring out how to make life better, which is what I’d normally be doing this time of year, I’m choosing to meditate on what’s already really great about life, what’s going well, and all the many blessings that surround me everyday. So grab a cup of tea, and let’s celebrate what is.

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To begin with, we are incredibly blessed here on the Big Island with a super abundance of fresh produce as well as some stand-out artisans making all sorts of goodies from gourmet coffee to charcuterie to mac nut tortillas. I got a reality check when a friend who’d lived on Oahu for many years told me the availability of fresh, local produce is very different on that island. It’s easy to eat healthy when we have beautiful produce right at our fingertips.

I am so incredibly thankful for my friends and can’t believe how lucky I am to have pals who stand by me when times get tough, back me up when they get tougher and who are just awesome and loving in general. Friendship is one of the most wonderful things about living this life.

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Above all this year, I’m thankful for my health. While I still have arms, I’ll swim. While I still have legs, I’ll hike. While my body is still holding me upright, I’ll get out in the world and see what it’s all about. Do it now friends, while you have your health, and for those that don’t, take comfort. This year, I’ll take care of my body and mind like I know I should. This year, I’ll take comfort in all I have.

For those that are resolving to lose weight or eat a healthier diet this year, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the recipe index (above) and remember, just eat your vegetables. Here’s a few starter recipes for those that want to mind their middles and their health in this lovely 2014 and beyond.

Traditional Greek Salad (scroll to bottom of post)

Grilled Sweet & Sour Coleslaw with Fennel

Black Bean Salad with Mango and Avocado (can easily sub papaya)

Curried Carrot Soup

Dominican Rice and Beans

One last thought before we leave 2013. A friend was writing a list of resolutions and let her young son read them. After much thought he declared that none of her resolutions were any fun at all and make his own list with resolutions about surfing and skateboarding. Isn’t that the truth?




2 thoughts on “Eating Right in 2014

  1. I LOVE YOU GWEN!!!!
    I am also currently sitting in your house, meditating on the things that I am grateful for in the present. I wish you were still here so we could go over them together!


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