WHERE I’M AT:
March is the third month of my New Year’s Resolution to cook healthier, affordable meals for my daughter Beatrice and myself. I wanted to do it in a way that is realistic and sustainable for my life over the long run.
At some point, my New Year’s Resolution became a lifestyle change. I feel like I’ve started some new habits that are now here to stay in my life, even if I forget about my original New Year’s Resolution.
They say it takes 2 weeks to create a new habit. Maybe I’m a slow learner, because I’d argue that for me it takes about two months for something new to feel like a normal part of my routine. In the past week or so many of the changes I’ve been trying to stick to over the past couple months have suddenly clicked. They no longer require as much effort. They’ve become new healthy habits instead of something on my to-do list.
I now turn to the blender when Beatrice and I need a quick healthy snack or something to take on the road. Smoothies used to be something I made a few times a year but now we make some kind of smoothie once or twice a day. Beatrice has started asking me for green smoothies (which sounds like “geen mootie” when she says it, aww) instead of other less-healthy snacks. And these are green smoothies made only from a bit of fresh fruit plus several cups of spinach and romaine. I know I mentioned these miraculous green smoothies in my post last month, but it really blows my mind that she loves them so much.
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