Spring is a good time for some healthy changes to your life!

I haven’t posted for a while because l have been working hard at getting well myself. Keeping the balance just right in life can be a challenge when there are demands placed on you from all directions. Times like this require extra planning and thought to stick to your wellness journey and to remember the initial reasons that you made the changes in the first place. I spoke to a Mum at school about a month ago and she wanted and needed to make some changes but she was feeling that it was all too hard. I think this is true if you try to change everything at once and place too much pressure on yourself to be doing everything just right. It can be very difficult to make any kind of significant change when life is so busy and you are just getting through one day at a time. The Mum l spoke to is now making a small change, but its significance is enormous because she has started and is being proactive in doing something positive for herself. Spring is a great time to work towards your wellness journey because l think the new growth and freshness in the air is inspiring and motivating. The darkness of winter is moving away and the days are getting warmer. Winter is a time to hibernate and eat comfort foods and now we are moving away from that time of year and heading towards summer, it is a good time to make some small changes that can really have a big impact on how you live your life. My wellness journey is just that and will always be a part of my life as there is so much change going on that what suits one day is different to the next. Getting my diet right has been the biggest challenge for me and now l have the basics of what l can eat that really suits me, l am working on expanding the types of foods l can have in my diet and trying lots of new recipes. I spend a significant amount of time on the weekends preparing foods that go in the freezer so l can quickly package them up for snacks and lunches if l am working or need to go out. Planning meals and keeping the fridge stocked with fresh foods is a huge challenge for me and as l cook for a family who eat some of what l do but not all, l often cook at least two different meals at night. My family have embraced this new way of eating enthusiastically because it can be fun to try a new juice, smoothie or cake recipe and l think l am being a good role model to my children by role modelling to them that health and wellness are important and that good food is at the centre of this journey. I will leave you today with a dressing that l put on my meals as l am trying to get more good fats into my diet. It is from the Gawler Foundation Recipe book but l have adapted it to suit my tastes. It last for about 4 days in the fridge covered with cling wrap. I put it in a nice jug and place it on the table at meal times. Mix together with a hand mixer until emulsified half a cup of flax oil, one quarter cup of organic apple cider vinegar, juice of one lime, one tablespoon organic raw honey and some ground black pepper. Bye Carolyn

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