January 2018 Newsletter

Happy 2018!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are excited for an amazing 2018!  I used to sit down on January 1st each year and talk through and write out my resolutions for the year with my husband.  Only to find after a few months, those resolutions were a distant memory of hope  as the reality of life set in.  So, this year, I have thrown the resolutions out the window and have set smaller intentions for each day, week, and month!

Did you know that every January, 45% of all Americans - or 135 million people - make New Year's resolutions. Research shows approximately 80% or 108 million, of those resolutions will fail by February.  Did you start out 2018 strong, but now realize that you've already started to slip?!

Research also indicates two main factors contributing to goal abandonment: 

1.  lack of incentive 

2.  lack of accountability

I am here to help you with both of those things!  You are 95% more successful with a goal when you're accountable someone! So - step one - find an accountability partner - ME, ME!

I am happy to help you set small intentions that are within your reach, in order to help you reach your overall goal in the future! 

Recipe of the Month 

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Smashed Brussels Sprouts

I made these last week and they were AMAZING!  The next time I plan to try with goat cheese crumbles.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 chopped sweet onion
  • 1 tsp. chopped thyme
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. (or more to taste) freshly grated Parmesan
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Trim ends from sprouts and place in steamer basket.  Steam for 5-7 mins until tender, but not soft.
  3. On a large baking sheet, toss blanched brussels sprouts with olive oil, garlic, onion and thyme. Using the flat end of a meat tenderizer (could also use end of a small glass or mason jar) press down on the brussels sprouts to smash them into a flat patty. Season each smashed brussels sprout with salt and pepper, then sprinkle Parmesan on top.
  4. Bake until the bottoms of the sprouts are crispy and the cheese is melted and golden, about 20 minutes.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Monthly Focus:

Primary Foods

Food is POWERFUL medicine.  It can either promote abundant health, or can be poison to your body.  What we eat can have a profound affect on our lives.

However, the foods we eat are often referred to as "secondary foods."  The foods we eat are only one ingredient to our overall health.  

"Primary foods" are the other ingredients in our lives that promote overall health.  Primary foods include our work, relationships, exercise, spirituality. 

The more primary food we give ourselves, the less we depend on secondary food. However, the more we fill ourselves with secondary food, the less space we leave for primary food -  our true source of nourishment.

As we start off 2018, I encourage you to devote some time to  explore your personal balance between primary food and  secondary food - which area  could use some attention?

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