Lose weight, detox, quit smoking, give up drinking, get fit, spend time with friends, learn something new, enjoy every moment, reduce stress…….empty promises and more stress.
After the imposed hectic nature of Christmas we continue to put pressure on ourselves as the new year rolls in. We have indulged, and now we must be punished with new diets and a new look. It is just the first week, where is the time to just relax?
This year I sat back and observed. I clocked off work a week before Christmas and dropped right into winter mode: being cosy, resting, making super nourishing food, eatings lots of the aforementioned food and making a few gifts of choice to share the seasonal love. It was my own personal RETREAT and I made a promise that I would remain in this mode until the winter holidays were completely over and the first week of the new year had passed and the children back to school.
I must admit that to remain on holiday and truly rest has not been easy. There have been plenty of walks which have inspired great thoughts. However the tsumani of new year enthusiasm drowned me in a wave of guilt. My fault for swimming into the tide of social media.
New years resolutions have never worked for me. I don’t believe in overnight transformation. A slow organic shift of thought and action is more sustainable. I see that as more of a year long project. All that and a well stocked pantry and you are set for successful meander to reach your goal.
To take the stress out of dietary goals I have learnt to keep things relatively simple. I follow plate advice from leading nutrition experts such as Robert Verkerk at the Alliance for Natural Health, choosing whole foods simply prepared (with love of course) and flavour loaded with an ALIVE fermented note and a side of the many previously prepped condiments or spice blends. I have one fridge solely dedicated to ferments and such condiments as pestos, tapenade, mayos etc
A light meal could be as easy as a generous portions of greens, marinated, steamed or sautéed, with a small portion of starchy veg, such as sweet potato paired divinely with The Cultured Clubs favourite miso mayo. Or a bed of salad with a poached egg, some avocado topped with this lush dukkah.
But here is your new year addiction: The nutrient-dense authentic Argentinian chimichurri!!!!!!!
Best to have healthy addictions than punitive promises.
I CANNOT GET ENOUGH CHIMICHURRI
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (gochugaru)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar/kombucha vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Add all ingredients to a food processor/blender and pulse until smooth. If you need to add more oil, add a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Reserve sauce in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Let go of grudges
- Treat everyone with kindness
- Regard your problems as challenges
- Express gratitude for what you have
- Dream BIG
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
- Speak well of others
- Avoid making excuses
- Live in the present
- Wake up the same time every morning
- Don’t compare yourself to others
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Realise you don’t need approval
- Take time to listen
- Nurture social relationships
- Live minimally
- Establish personal control
- Accept what cannot be changed