A new year, a new you! Isn’t that the most popular resolution we start a new year with?! Being a better person in our relationships, more forgiving, more accepting, more kindness. Spending more quality time with our kids. Surrounding ourselves with positive people. Exercising regularly. Eating healthy, like a salad. Too broad, too many expectations, too many things to focus on…life is constantly changing and is crazy busy. We must pick the things we REALLY want to focus on, or else drive ourselves crazy trying to do it all!
One thing I know is that if we keep our body eating healthy, other things will fall into place. We will have more energy to spend that extra quality time with our kids, or stay up a little later to read that book we have been wanting to. Making healthy food choices will lead us to feel better about ourselves and create the energy we need to feel motivated and keep us on track to meet our goals for the year.
It started when I was a working mom, and encountered catered lunches at the office daily. I knew if I ate that stuff, I would gain 30 lbs and feel like crap. So to stay away, I made sure I had prepped my salads on Sundays so that I had all the healthy food I needed to keep me satisfied and away from these temptations throughout the week. Two years ago I became a stay at home mom, and although the temptations had changed, (to anything I could grab from the pantry), they were still there daily. And in the beginning I would fall for them. After a few months I decided I had to continue to prep for my daily salads as if I had a working mom’s schedule. Because the truth was, I didn’t know from day to day if I would have 15 minutes to make me a healthy lunch.
So my “salad of the week” started. I would decide what salad I would eat for the week. It couldn’t be too complicated or I would lose motivation to make it. I would prep the veggies by having them chopped and stored in individual Tupperware, or have nuts toasted and in baggies, or my dressings were all mixed by me (trying to avoid as much processed as possible). If this was all done before my week started, it was easy for me to grab what I needed and throw it together. If I didn’t have this done, I constantly found myself grabbing what was convenient which was usually processed and not a healthy option.
I found as I ate healthy, I wanted to work out, I felt motivated, and I had the energy it took to be a mom, a wife, and run the household like a boss! If I’d fail and grab something less healthy, I’d feel sluggish, unmotivated, and on track to just keep eating bad options for the rest of the day. I knew that the salads had to stick as a daily routine for lunch. And I had to keep on hand the most used ingredients so I never had an excuse to not eat a salad. On the weekends I would allow myself to eat more freely and fun. We can’t deprive ourselves of all fun food or life is just boring, right?
So for 2017, add “eat more salads” to your New Year’s resolutions! You will get your veggies in, you will feel healthier, and will have more motivation to achieve your other goals. Maybe eating a salad a day will lead you to losing that 10 lbs you have been trying for, and then you will feel ready to hit the gym, give it 6 months of routine and who knows what else you will feel motivated to do! We only have one body, and we must take care of it, but let’s still have fun while doing so! Cheers to 2017 and more yummy salads in our futures! Here is one of the easiest to kick off your new year! (salad recipe below)
Easy Chicken Salad
Chopped Red Peppers
Hard boiled egg
Sliced Chicken breast
½ C olive oil
¼ C balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 shallot minced
1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine ingredients salad. Mix together dressing and enjoy!
This post was written by Gordmans cooking extraordinaire, Lindsey.