So we have finally made it through the holiday season. The holidays are a wonderful time of year where family and friends can get together and enjoy each other’s company. For others, the holidays offer a chance to see extended family they may not have seen in awhile. With the holidays come great times and great memories. Also with the holidays come lots of tasty meals and treats. Oh so many treats! As great as the holidays are they come at the cost of great effort. Many hours are spent preparing for a great time which seems to go just as quickly as it comes. With the holidays behind us what’s next? For some it’s a New Year’s resolution.
I did some searching on types of New Year’s resolutionspeople make and here is what I found. The top 5 New Year’s resolutions for 2018 are:
1. Lose weight/ healthier eating,
2. Life/self-improvement related activities,
3. Make better financial decisions,
4. Quit smoking, and
5. Do more exciting things.
This is just a very short list of the many resolutions that could be made in this New Year. All of them revolve around becoming a better person in some way shape or form. But there is a dark side… I heard a shocking statistic on the radio the other day. They said that out of all New Year’s resolutions that were made, most were abandoned by February 1st. Wow that is a daunting statistic! But wait!… don’t click away just yet! That statistic got me thinking. Why do New Year’s resolutions go so wrong and more importantly how can we make them stick?
I believe the reason many New Year’s resolutions fail is that they are too grandiose. We have just spent the past three months indulging in holiday food and treats and as such feel somewhat obligated to turn over a new leaf in the New Year. So what do most do? They set a very high goal in the opposite direction. While the intention is good, the first rule to remember is to start small. Say, for example, you want to stop eating that oh so good holiday food which may not always be so good for you. Start small, don’t overhaul your diet completely but just choose one aspect of it.
Let’s say it’s eliminating sugar from your diet (that’s my weakness). I won’t go from sugar loaded holidays to none. That would set me up for failure. So instead I will just start with cookies. Further, I am not going to eliminate all cookies because I know I might not succeed at that as well. I can however eliminate half of them. That is doable. So say I go from four to two. Great first step! Then let’s say that it’s been a long week and I just need a pick me up. Yup, I just ate five cookies. That’s not two! So here is the second bit of advice: don’t beat yourself up! If you fail, give yourself grace and get back at it! By not putting yourself down, you take away the power of one tiny mistake and put it in its proper perspective.
The next step is to talk about it. By this I mean tell your friends and family about your goals. A goal has more power when it is spoken and if others know about it they can help encourage you along the way!
The last goal is to enlist a friend to help you along the journey. Find someone who will be there to help keep you on track. My cookie example is just one of many health goals out there. If you need help, don’t forget about your chiropractor! Your doctor can be a great resource of information and encouragement. We will do our best to give you good practical advice on reaching your health goals and will walk with you each step of the way.
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 6 hours
total time 6 hours 15 minutes
1 1/2 cups green lentils
1 sweet onion, finely chopped
1 inch knob of fresh ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
3 carrots, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
4 cups low sodium veggie or chicken broth
1-2 tablespoons red harissa
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
3/4 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
kosher salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas
1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
whipped or crumbled goat cheese for serving
In the bowl of a crockpot, combine the lentils, onion, ginger, garlic, carrots, red pepper, tomatoes, veggie broth, 1/2 cup water, the harissa, paprika, cumin, cinnamon and a large pinch of both Kosher salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
Just before serving, stir in the lemon juice, chickpeas, and cilantro, cook until heated through. If the soup is thick, add more water or broth to thin. Taste and adjust the salt to your liking.
Ladle the soup into bowls and top with whipped goat cheese, nuts and fresh cilantro. Eat!