Honestly speaking, I have never believed in New Year resolutions. But that’s mostly because most of us set unrealistic goals. However, if the resolution is do-able and aligned with the overall goal, then the resolution doesn’t take too much time to become a habit. This year if I want to take up one thing seriously then it would be breakfast routine. With my regular CrossFit sessions, eating well and right is a necessity and I will do that by including Oats in my breakfast regime. And, even though, I’m a healthy and moderate eater in general, but there’s something about breakfast and the mad scramble of early morning and getting my son off to school that makes breakfast always feel like an afterthought, hence I would spare 5 minutes in the morning (yes it takes only 5 minutes to create a healthy and a tasty meal) I always end up eating less even though I’m aware that breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day. So, here’s what I want to do –
1) Religiously eat a portion of almonds and walnuts daily. I’m not really a fish eater so walnuts and flax are my only source to get omega-3s.
2) Replace white sugar with honey in my tea. Ouch, that’s going to be a bit tough.
3) Keep my kitchen stocked with oats so that I don’t get tempted to have paranthas for breakfast. I love to top my Horlicks oats with raisins and dates. It also keeps me fuller for a longer time and it takes only 5 minutes to prepare aside from being a superfood for weight management.
4) Always include a boiled egg. That’s easy as I love eggs but yes making it a daily habit can be a challenge.
5) Exploring more recipes of things I like so that I can continue eating what’s healthy and right for me. I want to try making idli with oats, chilla and even a smoothie to break the monotony.
6) Replace my 2nd cup of chai with a fruit. Clearly the toughest but I have to do it. As I also realised that whenever I give up on chai with milk, it reduces bloating and acidity a lot. So fruit and black tea may be.
Since, I parent by example, I’m hoping that these small changes are going to go a long way in making my son mindful about his eating habits as well.