A New Leaf For a New Year

December 28, 2010

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Jimmy Dean however the opinions and feelings expressed here are my own.


I’m not usually big on New Year’s Resolutions, simply because I hate feeling like a sheep going along with the crowd. I hate making a bunch of unreasonably difficult promises to myself that I know I’ll never be able to keep.

However, there’s something about the new year to inspire a fresh start. Maybe it’s the clean and uncluttered way everything looks once the Christmas decorations are back in the attic. Maybe it’s the uncluttered way life feels once the holiday hubbub has died down. Maybe it’s just the promise of a whole year stretched out ahead, full of the unknown. Whatever it is, I’m setting a couple of modest goals. I want to eat better and get back into the gym on a regular basis. If that helps me fit back into some of my old jeans then all the better. Mostly I just want to get a little healthier, have more energy and improve my mood.

One of my biggest challenges when it comes to eating better is reducing my intake of simple carbs. I know that when I focus more on lean proteins, fresh produce and whole grains and less on simple carbs and sugar I feel better, I lose the cravings and I generally lose weight.

The problem is that I love pasta. And rice. And bread. And dessert. Past experience has taught me that the fastest way to crave something is to put in my forbidden-food list. No particular food will ever be banned but I can make better choices at least some of the time.

Aside from my love of pasta and all things carb-filled, my habit of skipping breakfast gets in the way of eating well. I know all the reasons I’m supposed to eat in the morning but I just don’t do it. The breakfast foods I like aren’t usually the healthy choices. The healthy options that are also convenient get boring after a while. How many days in a row can I eat a hard boiled egg wrapped in single slice of dry rye toast before going crazy and giving up?

Frozen and/or convenience foods aren’t usually my thing but occasionally they really hit the spot, like this new product, D-Lights from Jimmy Dean.  It’s easy, it’s packed with lean protein and it’ll help me start my day (and my year) off on the right foot. And they’re not too bad!

BlogHer and Jimmy Dean are kicking off the year with a “Better Breakfast, Better You”

And, because everyone loves a chance to start the year off with a win, there’s a great giveaway. What changes are you making for the new year? Leave a comment and get a chance at a $100 Visa Gift Card!  Hurry, because the giveaway runs from December 28, 2010 through January 30, 2011.

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