Happy 2017! The New Year is such a perfect time to make intentions for growth, creating personal projects, and putting new plans in action. I love how we close each year with celebration: the holidays, family and friends gathering, clinking glasses and forks together with some pretty tasty food + drink, and reflection. These moments are fun, warm my heart, and when they come to a close I'm ready to welcome the next year and start fresh with new intentions and energy.
We are given the opportunity and gift each turn of the calendar to grow, shift direction, and choose what we want to keep and what things we want to handle differently. It's pretty exciting.
In 2017, I want to bring back the specialness of a whole lot. The food I love, daily rituals, and the moments among my day. This may sound weird at first (but stay with me here), as the way I want to kickstart this theme is with a No Sugar Challenge for the month of January. Not because I don't enjoy sweet treats, but actually for the very opposite reason: I want to enjoy them more.
I've always loved the idea of things having an elevated feeling of magic to them. Of moments feeling special. That excitement and warmth when you celebrate with homemade cake on your birthday; because it's only happens every so often. Or pulling out warm cookies when special guests grace your home, because you want to stop, share, make memories, and elevate the moment. Something about that specialness helps you savor and come alive in the present. But there is something that becomes diminished when we start taking an element that is special and indulge in it all the flipping time. When it's an every day occurrence. This year I want to bring back the special moments; the ones that make memories and help you hit pause. And one way I'm doing this is resetting my body and cutting out refined sugar.
Yes it's good for my body. Yes I will probably feel more balanced and more energized and experience less food cravings. All great. But my main intention is to bring back special. To reset to a place where sweet treats happen every so often to truly celebrate and savor a moment. To help stop, hit pause, and commune together... instead of mindlessly grabbing and devouring without even noticing what a treat tasted like. My goal is in a month I will actually elevate the experience of enjoying them MORE.
So to hit restart I am starting a challenge from January 5 to February 5: letting go of refined sugar. We've all probably had enough in December to last us a couple months, no? Resetting your taste buds, body, and in preparation of revisiting sweet treats with more reserve, celebration, and specialness this year.
After all, after a month of no sweets, how amazing will sharing a slice of cake celebrating Valentine's Day be with your loved ones? I bet you won't take one bite for granted.... or rush through it.
Since a sugar reset is just one idea, and although I think many people will be ready to partake, I want to invite you to do your own version of this challenge to bring back special. Please join us with resetting and letting go of anything you have lost the magic in, take for granted, and indulge in too often. Anything you want to revisit again, but with more reserve for being truly memorable and great. Think about what is not serving you to live your best life and step into your best self because you are indulging too often. Maybe you're ready to set down the alcohol for a month or your 2 cups of coffee a day, or maybe it is dining out. Maybe its has nothing to do with food or drink. It could be shopping, spending, or watching TV. But something you want to enjoy more of, but in moderation once you revsit it. So, here's how to join our community in taking back special, resetting our bodies, and giving up sugar (or whatever you deem important for you) for this month. Head over to our Facebook group and join our community. (Request to join the group and we will confirm you) Here you will see recipes ideas and tips on how to squelch sugar cravings and ideas for changing habits for the month of January. To involve yourself, stay motivated, and hold yourself accountable, chime in with pictures of what you are cooking, how you are moving, and what you are doing instead of sticking See's candy in your mouth this month.
Cant wait to see you over there. Xo