Great healthy habits for the New Year

Great healthy habits for the New Year
“Stop by the Leucadia Farmer’s Market for healthy goodness from Annel & Drew” Photo by AD Kitchen


As we all know, New Year’s resolutions rarely stick. Research shows only about 8 percent of people actually incorporate their resolutions into their daily life past a few weeks. The average fitness New Year’s resolution is surprisingly kept for a whopping eight days, that’s why you will see packed gyms for the next week or so then it revert back to the folks that have made fitness a part of their lives and not a resolution.

That said, a new year is a great time to reflect on and make realistic changes in our lives that can make a difference.  I wanted to consult an expert on this so I contacted good friend Drew Matthews from the fabulous Annel & Drew’s Kitchen is also a Health Coach and of the same mind set that goals must be kept realistic and allow room for the occasional indulgence. Drew walks the talk when it comes to balanced, healthy living and a recent conversation with him highlights some of his advice on this topic.

You have had tremendous success with Annel & Drew’s Kitchen at local farmers markets over the past few years.  In addition to that, you have branched out into a nutritional consulting capacity, how did that come about?

Through our work with AD kitchen over the years we have found ourselves continuously building deeper relationships not only with the community, growers and producers but also with food sources and it’s amazing how food and lifestyle can be a perfect recipe for excellent health.  We have personally overcome certain health challenges by eating more whole foods and slowing down our lives to get more in touch with ourselves.  This is important as working in the food business can be long hours. We now make more of an effort to strive for balance in our lives.  After healing ourselves, I was inspired to help others find a similar path.  I decided to become a Health Coach and went the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

I now help others who are busy or don’t have much time be able to make their health a top priority and I support them in making lasting positive changes in their lives.

You have a nutritional cleanse available that sounds like a great way to start the New Year. Describe how that works and the benefits. 

I started incorporating the Superfood Nutritional Cleanse because I saw so many others including myself and my family experience amazing results.  It is a great way to rid the body of impurities, shed body fat & build lean muscle, boost energy & fight fatigue, reduce cravings, sleep better and improve your mood.  The system is simple to follow with meal replacement shakes and other products that work synergistically with your body and then we also provide clean eating guidelines that can easily be worked into your routine.  It is a great way to not only get the results you want but we set you up with a plan to sustain your results and give you the support you need.

Since New Year’s resolutions tend not to last in most cases, can you give readers some common sense; lifestyle tips that they can easily incorporate into their daily lives?

Even small amounts of physical activity can improve mood, control weight, boost energy, fight disease, promote sleep and much more. If anything take a nice 20-minute brisk walk daily. Try to eat whole, unprocessed foods. If it has more than one ingredient listed on the package, it is processed.  Try to look for shorter ingredient lists and don’t buy things with ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Go for more plant based foods like fruits and veggies and eat raw when possible, as all the micronutrients and enzymes have not been damaged due to the cooking process. Getting the right amount of sleep will ensure that your body and mind can function better on all levels.  Try scaling back on the caffeine during the day and add in some meditation and/or breathing exercises.  Ever heard the saying “stress will kill you”?  Stress can weaken your immune system and over time increase your risk of sickness and disease.  Even just 10-15 minutes of meditation per day is a great way to unwind and clear your head.

I have to give a shout out to Annel & Drew’s Kitchen here too. What’s in season these days and how are you working it into your amazing menu? 

Well, one of the nice perks of being here in Southern California is the year round growing season.  We love going to the Farmers Market to pick out our goods right before we use them.  I personally love the sweet potatoes that we are getting right now from Blue Heron Farms.  They have them most of the year, but right now they are just way better and the aromatics and flavor are just completely off the charts.  Sweet Potatoes are loaded with vitamins, minerals and are low glycemic.  They aren’t starchy like regular potatoes and they can satisfy your sweet tooth.  We like to always keep things simple so the food can speak for itself so with these guys we grill them up with some garlic and herb infused olive oil served like home fries on Sunday Morning and you can add a side to any dish.  I also have to mention that we have been serving a Roasted Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Quesadilla w/ caramelized onions and house made guacamole that has been selling out every Sunday.

To learn more about Drew’s health coaching services, email him at or (858) 210-5094

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