Challenge Yourself in 2010

We’re now halfway into January – have you kept your New Year’s resolution?

We’re now halfway into January – have you kept your New Year’s resolution?

Researchers have shown that when people make a New Year’s resolutions, it’s typically related to their health. The beginnings of a new year offer a fresh start to renew our intentions.  But no matter how you go about it, you’ll all face many of the same roadblocks as you attempt to change your lifestyle.

This season, we have created multiple specialized plans to lose weight and get healthy.  In the spirit of recognizing the effort involved, we call these plans challenges.  In these challenges, we break down your tasks and meals by weeks – and even days – so that you can focus on the task at and hand without getting overwhelmed by the big picture.

This incremental approach has allowed our toughest customers – like Steve, “Unhealthiest American” – to succeed. Last week we welcomed Steve back to check on his progress and discuss his journey. As he described the beginnings of this process, Steve communicated the frustration that most people experience during such a momentous undertaking.  With so many steps that need to be taken, Steve doubted himself.

Fortunately, these worries quickly disappeared after Steve met with his team at the Cleveland Clinic. As Steve began to understand the clear steps that he needed to take, he felt invigorated rather than intimidated.  Steve is taking it one day at a time and already is seeing changes that are improving his daily quality of life.

This is a process that I hope will change his life, and may inspire you.  This upcoming year, I invite you to follow Steve’s example. Don’t make a New Year’s resolution at all. Focus instead on the smaller, manageable challenges that will allow you to reach your goals. We hope that our challenges will serve as your guides to a happy, healthy new year.

Have you ever gotten to the last little bit of a vegetable or fruit and thought they only thing left to do was toss it? Or maybe you didn't get to one before it looked like it should be thrown out? Well there's no need to create more food waste! Here are two foods you can regrow right at home instead of throwing out.

Leftover Ginger

  1. Fill a bowl or cup with water and place your bit of ginger root inside.
  2. After a few weeks, watch for little sprouts to form.
  3. At this point, transfer the ginger to some potted soil. Give it plenty of space and moisture.
  4. After a few weeks, harvest your new ginger root!

Sprouted Potato

  1. Note where the sprouts (or eyes) are on the potato. Cut it in half so there are sprouts on both halves.
  2. Let the halves dry out overnight on a paper towel.
  3. Plant the dried potato halves in soil, cut side down.
  4. Small potatoes will be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks, while larger potatoes will be ready in about three to four months.

There's no need for food waste here when you know the tips and tricks to use up all your food at home. And click here to see which foods you can keep past the Sell By date!