Hi Everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’ve been missing for awhile enjoying this very special time of year with family and friends. Here in the midwest we’ve been spoiled as Mother Nature has treated us to warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine (though it looks a bit like Seattle this morning)!! Our family has been indulging in plenty of outside walks, runs and fun time! I hope you too have been enjoying magical moments!
I was talking with my girlfriend Aleyce yesterday morning. She had just gotten home from a 3-day trip to Wisconsin with her family. I said,”where you headed today?” She replied, “to the grocery store and I’m buying lots and lots of fruits and vegetables because we’re all feeling blahhhhhh . . . . . !” I laughed! Like many of us, they’ve been eating a lot of sweets and treats and are ready to wander back to the rhythm of a healthy eating routine. I mean you can only have so many butter cookies and glasses of wine before blahhhhh sets in right!?
So that got me thinking. With the New Year just around the corner many of us are pondering what exactly we’d like to accomplish with the 365 days ahead of us! Weight loss is a big one! In fact our health and wellness routines are frequently top of list!
I’m not crazy about resolutions (unless they’re coupled with a strategy complete with realistic and measurable goals). Too many people step into the New Year with a long list of intentions and very little structure. Come February 1st when change isn’t happening quickly enough the resolutions get pushed aside and they’re left with a feeling of not having accomplished what they set out to do. And that doesn’t feel good.
What really gets me jazzed is when people make the “feel good” connection between healthy choices and the impact making them has on our lives! It’s much more exciting and fun! It’s what Aleyce touched on in her words. The connection she and her husband (and their 2 sons) have made between eating fresh whole food and the way they feel! I mentioned this in my Mindful Holiday Eating Post. It’s about staying consciously connected to that which inspires us to live healthfully in the first place. We simply feel better when we’re eating fresh food, moving our bodies and taking time to let go of stress. That’s what keeps us coming back! It’s a positive feeling (and carries with it the potential for greater success)!
So that made me think about my brother-in-law Mark. We try to get a mid-week run in once in awhile. Frequently, when we’re done and I’m heading back for my car he’ll turn and shout, “expect great things today Heidi!” So cool! I love that! Every time he says it I’m instantly reminded of all of the possibility that lies in the day ahead! It actually makes me think about the choices I can make that will ultimately generate great things! And that’s what I want for my clients.
I want for them to linger longer in the “feel good successes” that lie in each day! I want for them to understand that every healthy choice they make adds up.
I want them to EXPECT GREAT THINGS!!
Yep – we need the structure and the well-crafted goals. We need the tools for helping us stay on track. The success lies though in staying consciously connected to the positive feelings and in the wandering back! Because every time we do – we take one step closer to creating a lifestyle!
Soup, that’s what Aleyce was going to make for supper. One with lots of vegetables! Sounded great to me so thought I’d share my Beef Barley Soup Recipe. I don’t have a picture today but my family loves this. It’s loaded with vegetables and barley (a grain we don’t use that often). If you like your soup thick use a full cup of barley. If not, use 3/4 cup. It’s a hearty soup and great coupled with a green salad! Don’t forget the wine (in the soup)! It really elevates the richness of the broth!
I’m looking forward to 2012 and creating a rhythm to my posts! Thank you all so much for following along! I wish you a very Healthy, Happy and Joy-filled New Year! Peace Out!!
Beef Barley Soup
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 Pound Beef Stew Meat (cut into small cubes)
1 Cup chopped onion
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped fine
½ Cup Red Wine
1 141/2 Ounce can Diced Tomatoes
4-5 Medium Red Potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
1 Cup Celery, chopped
1 Cup Carrots, chopped
3/4 – 1 Cup Peary Barley (regular cook)
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp Dried Basil
51/2 Cups Canned Beef Broth (if you prefer use low sodium)
1 Cup water
Chopped Fresh Parsley
- Heat oil in a large soup pot and add the beef. Cook until brown, stirring occasionally.
- Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is tender – about 5 minutes.
- Add the red wine.
- Stir in the tomatoes with the juices and all the remaining ingredients except the parsley.
- Cover and simmer until the meat is tender – about 1-11/4 hours.
- Add the parsley just before serving.