6 Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

new-year-resolution2Tired of making the same resolutions year after year — and then losing your steam by the time Groundhog Day hits? Instead, try making resolutions that are just easy and basic changes geared toward improving your daily life and making you a better person. Don’t think of these as resolutions; think of them as opportunities to incorporate something new and better into your world! Here are our 6 Resolutions that Will Change Your Life:

1. A new skill I want to learn.

Have you wanted to be able to knit scarves for Christmas presents or build a new patio? Maybe you’d like to grow a beautiful garden or entertain your friends and family with a spectacular harmonica performance. Either way, now is the perfect time to take up a new hobby.

2. One way I will help others.

We all want to make a difference in someone else’s life, but it may be difficult to determine the best way to do so. Whether it’s donating your time to your favorite cause, helping your friend fix things around the house or shoveling the walkway for your neighbor: Pick one way you can help someone else — and you may be surprised at how it snowballs!

3. At least one book I will read.

Reading that book you’ve thought about opening for some time now is a great way to enrich your mind. Jumping into the world of literature can relax you and transport your mind anywhere you want to go. Don’t have a book in mind? Head to the library and ask the librarian for recommendations. You won’t be sorry!

4. A bad habit I will break.

Quitting smoking, putting an end to complaining or stopping overeating are quite popular New Year’s resolutions. If you view them as a bad habit to break instead of something to “keep,” it’ll be easier to make the change.

5. A healthy habit I will start.

How can you better yourself? Start by implementing something positive! Try incorporating more healthy food choices, practicing some Tai Chi daily OR writing in a journal before bedtime. Pick something that’s good for YOU: Your mind, body or soul.

6. A new food I will try.

Resolutions don’t have to be difficult changes! Are you anti-green vegetables? Have you always avoided any “fancy” food that you didn’t grow up eating — or are you afraid to try dishes or cuisines? Make a promise to try a new food this year. And once you try that food, well, maybe you’ll decide you want to try all kinds of other foods, too!

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At American House, we work hard at bringing out the best in our residents — and offering plenty of activities for them to showcase their talents! Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a tour as part of YOUR New Year’s resolution!

Easy Ways to Make Holiday Meals Healthier

Whether you’re the one in charge of making the holiday meals — or just contributing a dish or two — we’ve devised some EASY ways to make sure you’re able to avoid piling on the calories while not skimping out on the taste (or festivities). Here are some EASY THINGS TO DO, EASY THINGS TO AVOID and EASY SWAPS TO MAKE to keep your holiday meals delicious – yet healthy:

EASY THINGS TO DO:

If you’re cooking or hosting:

  • cooking-light-holidayUse olive oil or canola oil instead — It’s a healthier alternative to using other kinds of oils, like vegetable oil.
  • Use small plates — You and your guests can go back for seconds and thirds if desired, but it’s easier to limit excessive portions when you can only fit so much on your plate.

If you’re filling your plate:

  • Keep portions small — It takes your brain about 20 minutes to register that you’re full, so you could be needlessly over-stuffing yourself if you have a large plate full of food that you’re eating.
  • Eat filling, low-calorie foods FIRST — This way, you’ll be full on the foods that will keep you feeling that way longer (meaning you won’t have room to gorge on the other treats instead).

EASY THINGS TO AVOID:

chicken-soup-holidayCream Soups. Although these are a favorite comfort food during the cold months, cream-based soups are the most calorie-laden. If you’re a soup fan, pick one with a chicken broth or tomato base instead.

Soda and deluxe coffee drinks: Why drink your calories when you can enjoy them in food instead? Pass on the beverages loaded with sugar and fat in place of water (or plain coffee or tea) and you’ll be able to sneak in a few extra calories for dessert without compromising your daily intake as much — and it won’t feel like you’re missing out.

The snack table. We’re not saying you can’t snack, but don’t situate yourself right next to the M&M’s and cookies when you’re at a holiday party. You’ll be less likely to mindlessly eat them that way. Plus, you won’t get filled up on junk — which only fills you up for a short time and will send you in search of more snacks later. Eat the good stuff that keeps you full longer instead!

EASY SWAPS TO MAKE:

Instead of: Finger foods, candy, chips and dip and fried little appetizers
TRY: Fruit and veggie platters with a hummus dip, or nuts — and even some chilled shrimp

sweet-potato-holidayInstead of: Dark meat turkey
TRY: White meat turkey breast (no skin!). And if you’re the one doing the cooking, opt for gravy made of low-sodium chicken broth instead of the sinful creaminess of other gravies.

Instead of: Stuffing full of meats and butter
TRY: Rice. Bake some wild rice separately and it makes a smart side dish.

Instead of: Mashed potatoes
TRY: Sweet potatoes! These flavorful potatoes don’t need all the butter and milk that mashed potatoes do; Sprinkle some cinnamon (and a dash of brown sugar) to make these extra tasty.

Instead of: Cream pies
TRY: Pumpkin pie! It’s probably already on the menu, and pumpkin offers some great nutrients. Skip the crust and whipped topping, though.

AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House, we create many delicious foods for our residents to enjoy all the time — and especially during the holiday season. Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 so you can stop by one of our locations and see for yourself all the great meals we have!