Happy New Years! 2017 is here! You may be enthralled at the opportunity for a fresh start, or you may think that January 1st is just another day on the calendar. Some types of people create incredible goals for this coming year, while others fret about marking ’17 whenever they write the date. Well, there are two kinds of people…
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthy and/or lose weight. If this is yours, sorry, you are not so unique in this case. At least you are not alone. And you, my friend, have come to the right blog! If your resolution was unrelated to food and health, welcome anyway. If you made no resolutions, then you can resolve to follow The Creative Palate by Sarah Biren on Pinterest. That is an excellent resolution and you may do that now. I will wait. What if you don’t have a Pinterest account? Fine. You may share this recipe with that friend who resolved to eat healthily this year.
The sad thing about these resolutions is that most of them are abandoned after a month, or a week, or even a day. This is not just because of laziness or lack of discipline (but that could be part of the reason; be honest with yourself.) Therefore, here are some of my personal tips to achieve long-term endeavors.
- Be specific. Let’s take the example of deciding to eat nutritiously. What does that mean exactly? Define your terms. Does that mean you are going to drink more water, avoid processed sugars, eat more vegetables, stop snacking when you feel full, or have less fast food? Define exactly what you want to change.
- Be practical. Don’t take on an enormous challenge. That sets you up for failure. Keep your goal as a long-term achievement and create smaller steps to get there. Let’s say the goal is to lead a healthy lifestyle. Start by incorporating more produce into your diet for two weeks, and for two weeks after, focus on exercise, and carry on like this as you become close to your goal.
- Be your own cheerleader. If you resolved to exercise more often, don’t rely on a gym buddy to keep you motivated. What happens if he gets sick or if he gives up on his resolution? If you want this goal really badly, that should be motivating enough to persevere.
4. Be easy on yourself. If your goal was so attainable, you would have already achieved it. Give yourself time to fall and get back up several times before you reach your goal. This does not mean you should be lazy. Taking a needed break to work harder and plain laziness are two very different things.
5. Find your best route. Every person needs different things to stay motivated and achieve his goals. What works for some doesn’t work for all. Keep that in mind if you decide to dismiss #3 and to use a buddy system to achieve your goal. Is your buddy on the same page as you?
Now go pursue your goals and fulfill your dreams. Make 2017 the best year of your life.
To kick off your health endeavor, try this delicious Quinoa-Stuffed Eggplant recipe for a hearty vegan and gluten-free meal. You don’t have that resolution? Eat it anyway. It’s healthy either way.
Quinoa Stuffed Eggplant
- 2 eggplants
- 2 onions
- grapeseed oil
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1 red pepper, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dried parsley for garnish
- Bake the whole eggplants on a baking sheets at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until soft.
- Let the eggplants cool for at least 10 minutes and cut them in half with a serrated knife.
- Using a serrated spoon, or a knife, dig out the center of the eggplant, leaving a small amount of eggplant with the skin. Mash the scooped eggplant and set aside.
- Rinse the quinoa and place into pot with two cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, sautee the onions in the grapeseed oil until golden. Add the red pepper and cooked quinoa. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Mix the onions and red pepper with the eggplant mash. Season with salt and pepper, and fill the four eggplant halves with the mixture.
- Top with parsley and enjoy warm or cold.