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Be the Bamboo Tree: The Resolution Solution

January 16th, 2018

How are your “New Years Resolutions” going? I’m only asking because….

Honestly, I’ve never accomplished a new years resolution. 

The notion of using the first of the year to begin some kind of “transformative action” initially sounds like a good idea and I’ve bought into the hype for years. However, I’m finding I’m especially overwhelmed by the talk over media (especially television and social media) this year. So, instead of resolutions, I’m proposing solutions. And they’re intended to reverse the “new year, new me” mentality.

I attended an incredibly refreshing yoga class that shifted my mindset. Noticing that I was wound up, and maybe overly ambitious of my own resolutions, I needed to hear what the instructor had to say – and I’m sharing her good vibes with you.


“Be the Bamboo Tree”
It’s my New, New Years Mantra

The bamboo tree needs light, water, and proper soil to grow. However, even with abundance of these three elements, the tree doesn’t grow readily. One, two, three years pass by, and the tree hasn’t grown! For us, if we gave all the effort for years and saw no success, we wonder if we’d ever be rewarded for the effort.

But – all at once – the bamboo tree will begin to grow, growing about 80 feet in 6 weeks! During the waiting time, the tree was establishing an incredible, solid foundation to support its growing potential. No one could see its hard work, but it showed in it’s final product – standing tall and strong.

So instead of “New year, New me”, be the bamboo tree:

  • Be reformed –> Be Consistent
  • Be extreme –> Be Realistic
  • Start over –> Refresh
  • Outcome –> Process
  • Ambition –> Strategy
  • Quick-Fix –> Long-term 
  • Failure –> Progress

The bamboo tree was consistent in it’s underground growth for years. It was realistic, knowing that establishing it’s roots was a necessary process for long-term success.

This mindset applies to your nutrition goals too!
Let’s talk realistic, FUN, lifestyle changes help you establish your roots.

  • Instead of dieting –> Practice lifestyle nutrition
  • Instead of cutting carbohydrates –> Eat whole grains
  • Instead of restricting –> Practice mindful/intuitive eating
  • Instead of guilt, disappointment, discouragement –> Practice self-love and seek support

Huge thanks to Allie Pedretti at Pedretti Power Yoga for the refreshed mindset and bold inspiration.
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Alicia Slusarek

I'm Alicia, and I'm here to give you the inspo and info you need to get you to the next level when it comes to nutrition.

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We’re in the thick of winter - there’s no denying it! Finding fresh produce can be tough - since few things seem to be in season, locally. I find myself primarily eating squash, hearty greens (kale, collards), carrots, potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga, celery, and other hearty veggies that have a longer shelf-life than others. To spice things up - add some of these “evergreen” foods that you can find good year round! Nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. I’ve been having fun adding these to various salads, squash dishes, or just making a simple trail mix. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My favorites right now are hemp hearts and prunes! Hemp hearts for omega-3 (there’s w-6 too, about an equal ratio - but I’m happy to get the 3 in!) and prunes for bone health! (Check out Sunsweet prunes website for more info)
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#dates #prunes #pepitas #sunflowerseeds #coconut #trailmix #seasonaleating #eatingseasonally #dietitiansofig #getinthekitchen #mixitup #makeithappen #healthyandhappy #nutritious #goodeatswisconsin #wisconsinfoodie #nutritionwithalicia
I would choose this #frozen #kefir over pretty much any other dessert imaginable! I love it, love it because of its smooth texture, subtle tartness, and probiotic content. YES, a healthy dessert that contains those, gut-friendly, immune-boosting, overall #goodvibes probiotics!
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It’s seriously - YUM. It also comes in mango, which is also. Yum. But plain is my fav. Xoxoxo @lifewaykefir .
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If you’re in the #greenbay area, check out this product at Woodmans!
#probiotics #guthealth #dessert #frozenfood #frozenwhite #tart #tangy #icecreamlove #frozenkefir #treatyoself #nutritionwithalicia #rdnapproved
I can’t believe that it’s mid-January and my feeds are still full of “new year, new me” New Years resolution hype. I’m combating the insanity by offering •• solutions •• rather than resolutions. .
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If you’re aspiring to make self-improvements this year, it’s starts with a •• strategy, continues with diligent •• consistency, and grows slowly - sometimes very slowly. Like a bamboo tree. .
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Take a minute to read my latest blog post about my new, New Years mindset. It’s •• goodvibes, it’s •• self-care, it’s •• progress, and it’s all about the •• process. LINK IN BIO
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#goodvibes #bamboo #progress #roots #newyearsresolution #newyearsameme #newyeargoals #2018goals #slowprogressisbetterthannoprogres#eatgoodfeelgood #mindright #tuesdayfeels #thejourney #refresh #nutritionwithalicia #dietingsucks #dietitiantips
When I was 4 years old my parents put me through figure skating lessons. Though I haven’t put on my skates in the last 2 years, I still consider myself a “forever figure skater” - believing that I carry all the lessons learned into everyday life today! Discipline, hard work, perseverance, confidence, elegance...
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It feels good giving back to skaters now, with my knowledge and experience in nutrition. I was happy to contribute to this article by Terri Milner Tarquini @tkmtarquini about keeping coaches healthy with nutrition for the Professional Skating Magazine @profsk8rsassoc. ⛸ A great coach positively emphasizes the need for their skater/athlete to live a healthy lifestyle and also recognizes that nutrition affects the athlete’s performance.
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It was a JOY to relive my competitive skating days while writing this article - my wish is for it to resonate with coaches out their that nutrition isn’t only important for the skater, but also for their own busy lifestyle - as a close role model and mentor.
⭐️don’t those recipe pics look familiar?
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#figureskating #dietitiansofig #healthycoaches #skatingcoach #skateforlife #nutritioncoach #eatwelllivewell #performancenutrition #nutritionfirst #healthylife #skatersedge #iceskating
Cherries - yum. They’re not in season during these winter months, but you know what’s available year-round? Tart cherry juice concentrate!
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Cherry concentrate has many, incredible health benefits, including: melatonin (to aid sleep), 10% DV potassium (reducing muscle soreness, great post workout recovery), and high levels of flavanoids (a type of antioxidant promotes immune health).
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I enjoy mixing 1T concentrate with water, maybe adding a spritz of lemon. A healthy, nourishing beverage! .
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#tartcherryconcentrate #cherry #healthyfoodshare #nutritionfacts #wholefoodsheal #lifeisabowlofcherries #dietitiansofig #sweetness
I made this #glutenfree #pumpkinspice bread just before the holidays... I’m thing of giving it another go - it was so good. Except this time, I’m thinking muffins! Thanks @simplemills for supplying #nofuss, delicious gluten free mixes. I cook everything all the time, but baking (especially #gf!) can be hit/miss. ⭐️I also kicked up the nutrition w this recipe by adding shredded carrots and cranberries. Yes, I’m doing that again (maybe raisins).
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#rdn #simpleeating #pumpkin #baking #celiac #nutritionistlife #lesssugar #treatyoself #balance #cranberries #nutritionwithalicia #fiber #foodinsta #breadmaking #healthnut
One of the best ways to cultivate a healthier lifestyle is by establishing a “feel good” routine! Routines don’t leave room for decision making - that’s liberating! Having a routine that you enjoy, and that aligns with your health goals, is a great way to keep yourself on track. Catch my segment tomorrow on @wlukfox11 as I talk ☀️ morning routines and how to make a killer sweet green smoothie🍏!
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#smoothietime #smoothiesofig #smoothielover #healthyroutine #newyearsresolution #lifestyle #morningmotivation #morningfuel #breakfastofchampions #nutritionwithalicia #dietitian #nutritionistlife #nutritionwithalicia
Thanks @andreahardyrd for nailing it with this post, reminding me to keep this mantra paramount - especially when it’s tough! When I don’t want to go to the gym, or when I want to make that tasty, less desirable food choice. Health - mind, body, spirit - it’s what matters most.
It’s a brisk Thursday morning, and I thought stewed apples were a good idea. And I was right :).
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I often cook and purée foods, especially when my #tumtum is out of sorts, having #ulcerativecolitis & #celiacdisease. Cooked foods VS raw are better for me to digest and eliminate. Too much raw can leave me feeling bloated and lethargic. So, to get my nutrients in and digest rightly, cooking does the trick!
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Plus, did you know cooking fruits really amplifies their sweetness? Big time! I’m adding warning spices to this combo: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, #ginger...
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#stewedapples #anappleaday #apple #nutritionwithalicia #guthealth #glutenfree #celiac #soothingfood #dietitiansofig #seasonaleating
When people ask me what my favorite food is, I say either 1) tiramisu (gluten free!) or 2) soup. I know the soup category is rather broad, but I never met a soup recipe I didn’t like - except maybe “cheeseburger soup” - always thought that was interesting.
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So I make soup all the time - especially with the help of my slow cooker. Nothing is more cozy and comforting than soup during these brisk days. .
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This soup is a pea-zucchini soup that I wish I would have written down the recipe for! I whipped it together pretty quickly, using a #mirepoix with zucchini and adding frozen peas and chicken broth. Then I used an immersion blender to smooth out. I like the texture and satisfying protein from this #vegetarian soup’s peas! .
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#peasplease #peasinapod #soupgirl #soupstagram #souperbowl #souper #souplife #glutenfree #vegan #nutritiouslife #nutritionwithalicia #newyearnewstart
My 2018 mantra, mind over matter. ‘17 has been the best year yet - delving more into my business, #nutritionwithalicia, teaching, getting engaged... it’s all preparing for what’s to come - getting married, teaching nutrition at the university (#UWGB) next semester, continuing success w my business... through everything, I’m discovering that I only have the time and “mental wattage” to spend on what matters. To be present in the moment to make forward thinking decisions this new year. More faith, more love, more peace. #resolutions
When I cook I’m always looking for ways to enhance nutrition. Whether it’s in a soup, stir fry or baked good - I’m adding extra nutrients, generally with the addition of fruits and veggies that “fit” the dish. Yes, sometimes this backfires, but I mostly succeed - especially in the nourishment category! I shredded these carrots to layer into a spiced bread I made last week. So fun!

#lifeiswhatyoumakeit #carrot #shredded #healthylifestyle #eatingwell #dietitiansofig #veggiesallday #moreveggies #eatrealfood #nutritionwithalicia #glutenfreefoodie #cookinginspo

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