Happy New Year! New Start, New Challenges

Photo credit: Body By Simone
Photo credit: Body By Simone

Happy New Year everyone! I’m very excited to get back to blogging in 2015. The holidays whizzed by, I spent a few days with my parents, family and friends in Kincardine, followed by a big move to my very own apartment January 1st! I’ve been slowly unpacking my massive piles of “stuff”, as well purging many unnecessary things I forgot I even owned (now dubbed “garbage mountain” in my hallway).

As I was unpacking late last week I was reflecting on a few things I’m hoping to blog about this year. I’m always up for a challenge, therefore I am planning to take on a few of them this year:

1) Alcohol-free month (January): Say whaaaa? I know, I know. Honestly though I’ve been meaning to try this for a while and I figured January is a great month to start. I’m busy with the new apartment, I’m not flooded by holiday parties and I’m still high off the New Year’s Resolution buzz. I will be blogging about it throughout the month to keep you updated and to keep me on the straight-and-narrow! Day 5 and not a drop so far 🙂

2) OW/ODSP Food challenge: What is it truly like to eat on a budget? Is it possible to eat healthy? As a Registered Dietitian working with clients on a limited budget, I really think it is important for me to understand the challenges they face in the community. The majority of my clients receive social assistance through OW (Ontario Works) or ODSP (Ontario Disability). After paying for housing in Toronto and bills, very little is left for food. I’m going to try and get a sense of how much (on average) a person on OW or ODSP allots per week for food (single person only, as parents and families receive additional funding) and try to live within the food budget for 1 week.

3) October Unprocessed: I loved this challenge so much last year, I can’t wait to do it again!

 

In addition to my challenges, I’m hoping to add and improve my blog in a few ways:

1) Guest speaker or interviews: I would love to interview some local talent around Toronto as it relates to food and health. For example, I’m hoping to interview the West End Food Co-op, who is a great supporter of the Parkdale community and their food at the Sorauren Farmer’s Market is amazing!

2) New recipes: Now that I’ve got a cute little kitchen all to myself, I can’t wait to do some new recipes in it. As always my crockpot will get some heavy rotation, however fish/seafood is an area I don’t have a lot of experience with. I’m hoping to try scallops, mussels, shrimp and salmon! If you want a dinner invite, just ask 🙂

3) Food photography. I’ve mentioned this several times on my blog that I am NOT a good photographer. I also only have an outdated iphone and a little point-and-shoot camera in my arsenal. So after I experiment with some new recipes, I of course want to take beautiful photos! Any family/friends who are interested in helping out with this, please let me know.

Thank you to all my readers for sticking with me for the first year of the blog! I’m looking forward to an exciting, happy and healthy 2015. xo Kelly

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3 thoughts on “Happy New Year! New Start, New Challenges

  1. Excited for all your new beginnings! I’d like to dry the low income challenge the same week you do – we should try and get 4-5 people, compare notes and advertise each other’s blogospheres 🙂 xo

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