Healthy Living Goals for 2011: Simple Steps

| 12/30/2010 12:39:58 PM

As the year winds down and we gear up for 2011, I’ve been looking at my lifestyle and thinking about what I want to change in the coming year. I’ve never been much for New Year’s Resolutions (what’s the point? I know I won’t keep them), but the start of a new year does seem like the perfect time to turn over a new leaf.

1. Eat more local food.

I made a decision to eat healthier last year, and I think I did a pretty good job. My diet contains a considerably larger amount of leafy greens and fresh fruit than before, and I make an effort to buy organic when I can. Although the foods I brought home last year were good for my body, they weren’t good for my local economy. Despite the spectacular farmer’s market my hometown offers, I wound up buying most of my produce from the grocery store.

My goal for 2011 is to utilize more local food resources—and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t. I can find local meats and in-season produce at the farmer’s market; farm-fresh eggs and meat and artisan bread from coworkers; and dairy products from a local dairy at a nearby grocery store.

farmer's market peaches 
I can find a plethora of peaches, one of my favorite fruits, at a local farmer's market during the summer. Photo By Laura Padgett/Courtesy Flickr. 

2. Grow a container garden.