Simple Reset Tips and Goals for 2021

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We bring you real stories from our EcoCommunity of green moms, bloggers and influencers. Please meet Holistic Nutritionist and EcoParent Ambassador Rachel Bies and join us on social media to chat about your favourite tips and articles! 

First off, I just wanted to say hello and how excited I am to be a part of the EcoParent Community. A little bit about me: I’m a solo mama to a very active and sweet two-year-old Bowie. I’m also a holistic nutritionist/Certified Nutritional Practitioner, private chef, teacher and sometimes a host of topics pertaining to food, lifestyle, wellness and motherhood).   I’m obsessed with my kid, food, a good show and travelling.  Oh, and I’m working towards an eco-friendly and green life!

So:  2021.  We did it. We got through 2020, not that that makes 2021 some magical clean start. Unfortunately, there are some things we still cannot control, but many we can, like our home, family, lifestyle and nutrition/wellness.

I’m not one for resolutions (no offence to those that are). I myself work better with goals throughout the year, which is what I would love to share with you today.

2021 Reset + Goals (But make it fun!) 

Hydrate

it’s such a simple step to incorporate that reaps many benefits like eyes are whiter, more energy, better sleep and mood, fewer aches, and your body functions at a higher capacity when hydrated.  My Simple rule of thumb: 8 oz glasses x 6/8 daily. This does not include herbal teas or coffee.

Move that body

It is definitely more difficult to plan outdoor activities during stay-at-home orders, but not impossible!  There are many trails (you book time slots), free apps to do yoga, dance parties at home with the kiddos or an old-fashioned walk/run around the block.  Throwing on snow pants and all the layers is worth the mood boost!

Clean out that fridge

I am just as guilty as any for having too many condiments--I cannot even count mustards and hot sauces--as well as the occasional “mystery forgotten container.” However, if you can take the time to clean and restock, it will make the next trip even easier!

Healthy (but delicious) snacks

Some snack options I love are hummus and veg (chop them up every few days so you and kids can grab them easily), whole wheat tortillas and guac or salsa (see below for THE easiest guac), whole roasted chicken for simple wraps on-the-go and granola with lower sugar contents.

Pause

Kids and parents both need some quiet time, and it’s up to you to make that a priority.  Bowie gets his own time with a show, a learning class or his books/toys while mama gets to work, read and meditate. I think it’s a great tool for when they get older to allow themselves that time.  You are showing them you take priority, too. 

Food and Fun (household-only) parties

We aren’t going anywhere for a while, so we might as well get the kids involved. Think taco night, make your own pizza night–but with a fun spin with a competition where the whole family judges! Plan a weekly games night--JUST fun and silly ways to get through the next few weeks. We all need FUN.

REMEMBER, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS

This pandemic is hard, it’s devastating, it’s emotional, and It’s been challenging but what you, your family and your kids will remember is that they felt safe, they felt happy and that you made the best of it. Here are some additional tips to help you stay on track this year.

Finances

This is one for the year that is a long-term goal. Over the holidays, mine was to put money aside to help others and donate. For this year, we will keep an account for community and donations.  Then, you can also think about setting up automated withdrawals into savings, education, a trip, small investments and discretionary fund.  

Get a plant

I’m telling you it’s a great first step (if you are thinking about a pet down the road) into showing responsibility; it is a proven mood booster and makes a home a little cozier.  

Balance

Have the takeout nights.  Have a piece of cake, then eat some greens and drink a smoothie - it's all about balance! Talk about important things and laugh so hard you cry. I know every situation is different for every family, but there is a bright future down the road, and we have to make the good in each day happen.

In the meantime, for my fellow snackers: two simple recipes to get you started on balanced and delicious 2021 snacks!

EASY PEASY GUACAMOLE (gluten-free/dairy-free/vegan)

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados, smashed (save pit)

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced small 
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro or parsley
  • Chilli pepper or flakes 
  • Sea salt

Instructions:

Mash it all up! I like to keep a few little chunks for texture.  Top with extra cilantro.  Serve with your favourite chip (mine is NEAL BROTHERS).  If not eating it right away, top with the avocado pits and will prevent it from turning brown!

PICO DE GALLO (gluten-free/dairy-free/vegan)

Rachel Bies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato, cut into chunks
  • ½ English cucumber
  • ½ onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • *1 jalapeno, ½ seeds removed (omit for babies)
  • ½ orange pepper, cut into segments
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Cilantro, a small bunch 

Instructions:

Throw everything into a food processor and blend until your desired consistency.  Taste.  Add to your liking.  Serve with veggies + pita + tortillas.  Good for 5 days in the fridge (it might have to drain a little).  Bonus: Scrambled eggs, tortilla shells, yogurt, + pico is a great weekend brunch! 

Happy New Year, and please feel free to follow me on Instagram @rachelbies_

Xo rb

Ps. YOU are doing a great job.