Healthy Living Goals for 2011: Simple Steps

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

Tags: natural health, physical health, mental health, local food, container garden, herbs, vegetables, farmers market, yoga, plastic, BPA,

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.

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