Subscribers to our monthly Sunday Supplement will already know about our feelings toward January. It gets a bad rep but we love this very first of months and the new promise that it brings. One of my resolutions this year is to embrace January. I find this easier as the years progress but sickness, eating badly and not moving enough often counteract my well-intentioned winter joy and leave me feeling rather…frosty toward this lovely month. But after a few stressful and rather down months leading up to christmas, I am feeling so ready- sublimely positive even- about the new year.
We’re back to eating whole, seasonal food and lots of veggies. But in large part inspired by Lisa we are not restricting anything. This has been a revolution. If I fancy chocolate I now make these instead of denying myself. And i’m not beating myself up if a little processed food creeps in. We’re using the word “balanced” an awful lot. We're also becoming increasingly sceptical about calorie counting/"low fat" diet food and faddy no sugar/whole 30/paleo type diets because of the preceding reasons. Surely, it's just about eating a balanced, healthy diet...forever? Not just a few weeks?! I’m running and yoga-ing and spending as much time outside as possible, not as part of a ‘fitness’ routine but because being outside and moving my body makes me feel really good. As a result I’m feeling better than I have in months.
It also happens that the beach in winter time is at one of its most magical incarnations. There are no people! Winter light turns everything violet at 3pm, and glitters on the incoming tide as rolling waves sweep the beach. Dark grey clouds blanket the bay, sunlight in shafts race along the horizon. That painfully biting beachside wind, you realise, is also strangely energising. Eyes close, you breathe deep the seaweed scented air.
The first lot of photo's are from a couple of our beach jaunts to Seasalter and Whitstable with friends this week (have I mentioned how much I love living near the sea? Much?!) and the second lot are a sneak peak from a future instalment of our big trip posts- the most amazing, wilderness beach in Denmark which we visited every day, despite the rain.
P.S lots more winter love over on Pinterest.