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Resolutions Worth Keeping

As the year comes to a close, I reflect on my 1st year of being in business and how it has taught me that to eat healthy and live a better (sometimes peaceful) life. 

This was Nathan and I in July 2014 before he got diagnosed with a brain tumor and when eating and drinking was a standard for us. 

This was Nathan and I in July 2014 before he got diagnosed with a brain tumor and when eating and drinking was a standard for us. 

Throughout the year, I have heard others express, "I want to eat [more] healthy, but I have no time to cook". Think about that for a second. It's what we tell ourselves often. Heck, it was what WE (my partner and I ) told ourselves, and I am a chef! No time? what!!!!

"I have no time". We say that a lot. Yet, time is whatever you choose to make it. We are the owners of our own time. We do what we see fit with it. I have chosen this year to open up a business dedicated to eating better and treating MY body better by consuming better food daily. Yet, I'm with fault when  I don't keep myself accountable to eating better. It's a known fact that eating better IS time consuming. It does require A LOT of time, and it is never ending.

Brain Tumor eradicated, our life completely changed for the better. We ate better, drank less, and started to try adopting a better lifestyle in general. 

Brain Tumor eradicated, our life completely changed for the better. We ate better, drank less, and started to try adopting a better lifestyle in general. 

I jumpstarted my business after learning that my boyfriend of 2 years, had a brain tumor. To hear news like this, was really hard. I felt lost. I felt as if my work at a restaurant meant nothing. I wasn't changing anyone's life at my job, I was just feeding them. Learning about Nate's diagnosis, put a lot into perspective- our lifestyle, my relationship with others, my family, my happiness. Nate made it through surgery with flying colors and that is when I decided to really focus on my start with my new personal chef business in hopes that I could showcase a better lifestyle to the masses who say "I'm too busy". So far? I am doing really good. I am happy, and we are healthy. Yet, it took a lot of dedication and time. 

I've tried it all this year. In search of the greatness in eating and living better. Going grainless. Dairy Free. Gluten Free. Low Carb. High Protein. Portion Control. Raw and Vegan. Pescatarian. Vegetarian. Paleo. I got myself a Fitbit and starting moving more (did you know that average person only moves about 3,000- 5,000 steps a day? That is under ONE mile). I started taking stairs and parking further away from my destination. I took walks around my urban neighborhood. I started drinking green decaf tea after 2pm. I made vegetable smoothies on weekends. I made myself natural facial masks, I took in more Vitamin D, and Fish Oil, and Magnesium and Calcium. I became hyper focused on getting myself healthy from the inside. 

Halloween 2015. We allow ourselves a cocktail at parties and the occasional indulgences, like this night- halloween candy!!!!

Halloween 2015. We allow ourselves a cocktail at parties and the occasional indulgences, like this night- halloween candy!!!!

I learned that I never enjoyed any one way of eating when I was trying new things in my diet and nutrition. It made it harder for me when I was outside of my home to eat only one way, as restaurants that specialize in one way of cuisine is really hard to find. It also was a repetition thing. I don't care to eat the same things twice or often. I like to experiment with other cultural cuisines. I live to eat well, and many times that includes being okay with eating grains, dairy. gluten, vegetables, refined sugars, and carbs. I looked and found my balance in life. But, it DID take me a long time to get here. The journey isn't near close yet. But I have reached milestones that show that eating better IS good for my personal health and well being. 

My milestones this year have been really significant to me and my health. I wanted to share some of the key ones that eating healthy has brought me: 

**My weight has gone down 13lbs in one year.

My A1C levels (diabetes) have gone to a place where I'm no longer in the "pre diabetic" stage).

My body has reshaped and things that fit to snug before (or I could only wear if I was standing up the whole time or not eating/drinking all day) fit much better- a little wiggle room too!

Us, now. after one year of eating better and changing our lives. We still struggle. (I just ate a scone as I type this), but we tell ourselves we must keep ourselves more healthy. We are too excited with our new selves to revert back to our old ways. We feel better! 

My skin has improved. My texture was dull, and complexion was very spotty and rough. It's more luminous and fresh- so I wear less makeup on the daily.

My digestion; while still undergoing changes, has seen much improvement. It's now responding well to the food that I eat. I'm more regular. More consistent, and need less help in the bowel department.

I'm enjoying things like more vegetables in my diet. I now experiement more with ingredients than ever before and THAT is a result of trying "one way of eating". **

So, as the year comes to a close, and I embark on year two of DINE ON IN!, I am going to continue with the things that brought me to start this business in the first place; to cook what I love. To eat what makes my life better. To share with others tips, techniques and recipes. To invite others to my home to share a meal or a tasting with me. To share the love of eating, healthy and clean. to indulge when you can but not when you want. It's important to make better choices (so yes, have that cake on vacation, enjoy a cappuccino after 3 pm with a slice of pie, eat that oreo cookie you got from your kid, go ahead and enjoy that food your mom or family made because it's tradition). 

Taking care of your body means more than what is going into it. It encompases how you spend your time, how you choose to surround yourself with. I hope 2016 brings you all the love, health, and hope that can come your way.

You are your own person, make the choice to take care of yourself in whatever that package looks like. I am so excited about the upcoming year! I am glad you are here with me!  

I wish you a safe and happy New Year!  

I will be back soon with another wholesome recipe, but in the meantime, feel free to check out more recipes here!

Oh, and can you share this post with a friend? That way they too can eat as well as you did!

Happy Cooking,

Martha

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