If resolutions aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Most people who make them will ditch then in a less than a week. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make positive change in your life. Focus on small changes that will change your health, and the health of the planet, all year long. And the best thing is that you can make a change whenever you want. There's no need to wait for the calendar to change from one year to the next. Here are few ideas to get started.
If you’re not a vegetarian, try skipping it a few days a week or buying your meat locally when you can. If you’re unsure how to make a meal without meat, checkout one of the many Vegetarian Examiners for healthy recipes that will help you meet all your nutrient needs.
When you do buy meat, try buying local meat, when you can. The Underground Butcher offers many options. You can find many more listed REAP Food Group’s Farm Fresh Atlas. If cooking meat isn’t your thing, the Atlas can also help you find which restaurants serve locally sourced meats, vegetables and other products.
Eat seasonally when you can. To eat locally, visit one of the area’s many farmers’ markets or buy a share in a farm that participates in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). If you’re a newbie to CSA shares, mark your calendar for the annual FairShare CSA Open House March 10, 2013,. at Monona Terrace. You can learn more about which CSA is right for you and meet the farmers.
Try a new way of cooking or become an expert in one you tried last year. Once you’ve got all those vegetables and local meat, you’re going to want to prepare them the best way you know how. This year, take it up a notch with a new way of cooking. Maybe you want to learn more about braising or something more cutting edge like salt roasting is your thing. Whatever it is, you try you’ll never discover you’re new favorite way of cooking until you give it a try.