The (New Year's) resolution myth

Chef Caro de Waal shares her resolutions with you.

12 Jan 2012
2012 resolutions

Here we go again.

I shall be organised and perfect and not drink too much and be healthy and make wholesome packed lunches every day.

These were some of my sunny holiday aspirations. I was filled with hope and bright anticipation of the things that 2012 would bring (and lots of Savvy Blanc).

Fool. I botched most of them the next day.

But who ever gives up something on the 1st of January? It shouldn’t be allowed, I mean what’s Boxing Day without a few recovery Bloody Marys and a beautiful eggs Benedict?

In my mind, the kick-off for resolutions are the 1st day of work, it’s easier on all fronts and I feel ready to take on new and (almost) impossible foodie feats (most of my resolutions being foodie that is).

We can do it! Here are some of my resolutions and how I’m going to action them, perhaps you have the same if not similar ones? Please tell me all about them and the coolest one gets a sassy R250 Kalahari voucher.

1. Detox: Not the eat nothing and almost die one. The drink lots of ginger tea every day (as well as real food) to cleanse my system one.

2. Eat a good, healthy breakfast like these scrummy baked oats and have a (full) jug of water next to my desk at all times.

3. Drink more smoothies – they are so great for smashing in high nutrition and cleansing the system.

4. Eat more fresh salads and vegetarian dishes. I love love veggie food and there are hundreds of superb dishes to make sans the heaviness of meat.

5. Try to eat smaller meals and snack in-between on healthy things like garlicky hummus with wholewheat pita or crudités, roasted spicy chickpeas or these funky fruit sticks with a nutty dip.

6. Indulge in gorgeous healthy desserts like my strawberries with nuts and honey and this healthy cheese cake.

7. Have a cheesy cheat day every now and again – because I’m worth it!

- Caro de Waal

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