New Year’s Resolutions, Vegan-Style

New Year's Resolutions

I can’t believe 2012 is almost over. Time truly does go by so quickly. I always look to the New Year with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. I realize that January 1st is just another day on a calendar, but I like the feeling of starting fresh with a new focus. The worrier in me, however, is nervous of what the new year might bring — a mindset that I’m hoping to channel into something positive next year.

I know a lot of people scoff at the idea of making New Year’s resolutions, but I actually enjoy making them. I like reflecting on the past year and what I would like to see happen in the next. And as a compulsive list maker, jotting down my goals helps me focus on the things I find important; otherwise, the thoughts just swim around in my head and never come to fruition.

2013 is going to be a big year for us. We’re taking a dream trip to London in February (!), I’m hoping to become a certified yoga instructor, and all the while saving up to buy a house by the end of summer/early fall. It’s all very good things, but it’s going to require a lot of discipline, especially with our budget.

This being a food blog, I thought I’d share my food-related goals for 2013. I may not fulfill all of them, but that’s ok. Sharing them with the public is certainly motivation for following through with each one.

So, in no particular order, below are my 2013 food-related goals:

Eat less refined foods, such as white flour, white rice and pasta. I want to switch out white flour in our baked goods with more wholesome replacements.

Keep fake meat products to a minimum. I look at fake or faux meat products as junk food. We are pretty good about not eating them on a regular basis, but I’d still like to lessen our intake even more and truly focus on 100-percent, plant-based meals.

Stick to a food budget. As I mentioned above, the coming year is going to be an expensive one, which means we have to be stricter with our food budget. While we’re really good about always going to the grocery with a list, we’re not very good about establishing a set amount before we make the list. We can’t be at the mercy of our grocery list. So, expect a lot of food-budget-related posts next year.

Blog more. I know. I say this all the time, but while I have my good moments, I’m bad about staying regular with my posts.

Take better food pictures. My little 10-year-old point-and-shoot camera isn’t cutting it anymore. I’d like to upgrade to an SLR camera, but it may have to wait until we find room in the budget.

I hope that 2012 was a good one for you and that 2013 is even better!

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