I am grateful for beginnings. The New Year allows us to start all over with a clean slate after the holiday excess of sweets, rich side dishes, succulent meats, and those celebratory high calorie beverages. It gives us another chance to begin to eat healthier with lean meats, whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits. There is an array of diets to choose from but I am terrible at following a diet, so I try to eat everything in moderation (yes, I have my white rice most every night). So, my goal is to eat smaller portions in my meals, have frequent healthy snacks, and drink more water. I have learned to not skip meals which would lower my metabolism and trick my body into starvation mode. Eating, like life, needs to be in balance.