So week one of the New Year is complete. How are those resolutions going? Are you still holding strong? Have you had any set backs?
I think week 2 and 3 are the absolute hardest. Regardless of what you chose to give up/add/increase/whatever the excitement is fading and you are starting to wonder if you can make it. Maybe you had that thought on Saturday night when you went out, had too many glasses of red wine and almost pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot on your way home. Maybe it was Sunday morning when you really wanted to whip up a batch of your delicious Belgian waffles like you always do on a cold Sunday morning.
Despite what happened this last week/weekend, today is Monday and a new week. Hopefully most of your are sitting at your desk reading this and brushing your shoulders off, patting yourself on the back for having the required self control to stick to your resolutions. Some of you may be feeling guilty. But guess what? Don’t feel guilty. Feel motivated to do better. Don’t harp on yourself or tell yourself you can’t do this. Make up your mind that this week will be better, make mental notes on what happened and why and then change it.
Did you get too busy to cook a good meal and instead ate crap…or possibly worse, didn’t eat at all? Then make a promise to yourself that when you have an extra half and hour, instead of reading that article on Facebook you will get up and prepare your dinner for the next two days. Go grocery shopping when you can, not at 9:00 pm at night when you are starving. Little things like that can take a potential set back and help curve your desire to make bad choices. Like I said, it is all about the plan.
Now one of the very best tools you can have in your toolbox is a crock pot. Especially if you are trying to stick to this healthy eating, especially if you are super busy and don’t have time to cook, and especially if you just don’t want to have to think about it, the crock pot should be your go to. Lucky for you, I’ve found a great website for some easy Paleo crock pot recipes. Paleo Pot has hundreds of great recipes and I am super excited to start whipping some of these up.
I have been craving soup lately…like ready to go to Panera and get some broccoli cheddar craving—not really, I wouldn’t actually do that..but I’ve definitely been tempted. So in order to help with this soup desire I have been looking up some good soups to try and after stumbling on the Paleo Pot I now have one to try. So here’s the recipe. I am going to make it tomorrow and let you know how it goes! Wish me luck!
*Side note- remember sweet potatoes have a high glycemic index so make sure you pair this with a protein and watch your portions!
Paleo Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
- 2 huge sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed. Measured this is about 6 cups of cubes.
- One 14 ounce jar of roasted red peppers in water (drained).
- One 14 ounce can of coconut milk. I use TJ’s light brand as usual.
- 1 cup of chicken stock.
- 1 small yellow onion, large dice.
- 2 cloves of garlic.
- 1/2 tsp black pepper.
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
How you make it:
- You dump everything into your slow cooker.
- You let it cook for 4 to 6 hours.
- You blend it with an immersion blender, food processor, or blender. I chose not to blend it all the way to leave some chunks of potato.
- You eat it and feel smart and good at cooking and stuff. Garnish it with red pepper flakes or chipotle flakes if you are fancy.
And good luck to you on the rest of Week #2. And don’t forget to post tips on how you overcame your craving or what helped you stick to your resolutions.
Stay Active, Stay Healthy, and Keep up those Resolutions!