I want to wish you a very Happy New Year this week.
And, as you look to a New Year, I hope you see the opportunity for another blank page and new start. It’s refreshing.
Today, I’ve got a simple and delicious bean sprout recipe for you (that will make more sense later), and my tips on forming new, positive habits in 2015. I’ll let you know why thoughtful goals & habits, rather than New Year’s Resolutions, will help you achieve what you want to achieve in 2015. In the words of my 3-year-old daughter, “let’s do this:”
Recipe of the Week: Delicious Spicy Bean Sprout Salad for a Great New Year
- 12 oz mung bean sprouts
- 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds (white, black, or both)
- hopped scallion/green onion for garnish (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 ½ tsp. liquid aminos or soy sauce
- 1 ½ tsp. Japanese Seven Spice Powder
- salt and pepper to taste
First, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add bean sprouts to cook for 1-2 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine all seasonings in a bowl and mix well.
Once bean sprouts are done, remove from heat and drain. Add sprouts to bowl and stir well until sauce covers all sprouts. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions.
If you desire to make this a main course, double sauce recipe and coat cooked (perhaps, leftover?) chicken, pork, firm tofu, garbanzo beans, organic soy beans, lentils, etc.) with sauce. Add to bean sprout salad.
I know what you’re thinking…why bean sprouts? Like all sprouts, bean sprouts are a wonderfully nutritious food that provides fiber, vitamins and minerals. However, it’s for symbolic reasons that I chose them this year.
In Chinese food symbolism, beans sprouts mean “to your heart’s content” and a “positive start to the new year.”
Good enough for me. And, along those same lines, here are my tips for setting goals in the new year, so you can have a positive start, middle, and end to 2015.
1) Set long-term goals (sure, you can call this a resolution). However, these should be set, reworked, adjusted, accomplished, and re-set constantly. Set 1 year, 6 month, 3 month, and 1 month goals. Then, write them down & sign it like a contract. Get excited…even a little fanatical. If you need some help here, check out these motivational posters: https://www.google.com/search?q=quotes+habits&espv=2&biw=1242&bih=606&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=CBGYVNXnB9emyAT-mICoAw&ved=0CDEQsAQ#tbm=isch&q=motivational+quotes&imgdii=_ (it can help!)
2) Next, for each goal, write down the daily habits required to reach it. These should be action statements that you can control. “Lose a pound per day” is not an action you can control. “Omit carbohydrates at dinner 5x/week” on the other hand, is…see the difference.
3) Then, enlist accountability. That’s what I’m here for! Or, try using a food journal (if you’re not already) for self-accountability, or, a friend. Usually, it works best if your accountability partner is NOT in your immediate family or household. You can also try out www.stickk.com or www.dietbet.com.
4) Have fun! I’ll be the first to tell you that whole-food, healthy eating is delicious and fun. Make it enjoyable by trying new foods, joining a friend in healthy eating. Really work on your thoughts to see this as fun rather than drudgery…this can make all the difference.
5) Reward your efforts (reward yourself with new gear, adventures, etc, NOT food) and when you reach your goal, celebrate for a moment, and then set new ones!:)
Sound a bit fanatical? Well, it is. And, while “resolutions” sound all sparkly and important, mundane habits are what get it done. I’ll leave 2014 with this thought:
Good habits are worth being fanatical about. – John Irving
Enjoy your day, and let’s look forward to 2015!
Fuel Your Adventure. Nourish Your Body.
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