The Latest and Greatest in Creating Your Awesomeness
This is the third installment of the Holiday Survival Guide, and I’m excited to share this one the most so far, while all of these tips will help you get through on top of your fitness and health game, this installment, in the title alone, reminds us that this time of year is founded on spirituality. Whether you identify with your given religion or not, this time is a time we are often pulled so far from spirituality and connectedness by consumerism, and rushing around trying to do our usual routine, plus shopping, cooking, baking, crafting, partying, and all in more challenging travel conditions. It can be overwhelming to say the least. Here are 3 tips to keep it feeling like Holy Days rather than Holy $#&% did I really sign up for this again?!
1. Feeling scattered? Reign in the chaos and remember what this is really all about. Even if you don’t actually celebrate the birth of Jesus, or miraculous oil lamps, or African harvests, or Days getting longer, etc. (I’m really sorry if your holiday is an etc., these are just the ones I know of), use this time to celebrate the opportunity for renewal, for togetherness (don’t worry, we’ve got family survival coming up next), for giving and sharing. These are studied and proven soul foods (check out the documentary “Happy”).
2. Feeling lost in the grind? Connect with yourself. What do you really want for yourself for the coming year? Where do you see yourself at the end of 2015? With the New Year coming take the opportunity to set some goals for the coming year. Real goals that are very heavily motivated, and a bit outside of your comfort zone. Don’t settle for a couple of wishy-washy resolutions that have been the same for the past 4 years and still haven’t come to fruition. Spend some time and get to know what you really want for yourself.
3. Feeling like a runaway freight train? Stop. Ask yourself what really matters, what’s really important. Look at your list. What must you do? What do you want to do? Can you delegate any of it? What’s actually unimportant or not urgent? Reviewing your tasks with this in mind will remove many things from your list, and will often change your perspective of others. You’ll remember that you’re not supposed to stress over the stuff you want to do, and if you are, then reflect on how badly you really want to do it. And delegation is amazing, often times we work hard at things we aren’t very good at and it is someone’s gift and they love it and do it efficiently. An example here is I will never bake during the holidays. If I’m going to give a cookie away it sure as heck will be more greatly enjoyed if someone else made it; delegate. Delicious creams and soaps and scrubs on the other hand will likely be filled with love in the making; want to do it. Case in point, focus on what fills your heart with joy during this holy day season and you will experience more days of feeling whole!
Need a hand with making goals that matter, figuring out what you really want and putting it into action? CREATE is getting ready for a “New You Year” with a Workshop where we’ll identify your goals, put them on paper and get you started using a system to get you fired up to follow through. It’s on Monday December 29th at 7:30pm. Spaces are limited, register now!
1 small tub of plain Greek yogurt
2 cloves of garlic, minced (warning gets mightier over time)
¼ English cucumber, shredded
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
Salt to taste
1. Mix it all up and refrigerate
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup of tahini
2 cloves garlic, rough chop
2 tsp cumin
2 tbsp olive oil
1.5 cups of cooked chickpeas (0.5 cups dry, or 1 can)
½ cup water
salt to taste
1.Blend/food process first 4 ingredients until smooth
2. Add olive oil and chick peas, and patiently pulse until they being to be smooth too.
3. Drizzle in a little bit of water as needed, but be very careful here, you want to use much more than ¼ cup of it.
4. When it’s pretty smooth and close to done, add salt in pinches as you pulse the blender and taste.
2 tbsp Extra Vigrin Olive Oil
½ onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1+ tbsp ground cumin
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
3 cups cooked black beans (1 cup dry or 2 cans drained)
Salt to taste
½ cup of water on standby
200 g shredded old cheddar
Toppings in any quantity you like. Try: tomatoes, peppers, corn, onions, green onion, olives, more jalapeno, cilantro, shredded lettuce or cabbage, (a little bit of) sour cream or guacamole, and salsa are some I’ve enjoyed.
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Sautee onions and garlic in the olive oil on medium low until the onions begin to soften. Add cumin and jalapenos and stir cooking 1 minute.
3. Add beans, stirring occasionally until they’re warm through, mash roughly half of them lazily and imperfectly as it will make no difference! Add a little water if they start to dry out. Get them nice and hot and work in your preferred amount of salt.
4. Spread them evenly into the bottom of a 1.5L baking dish. Cover with cheese and toppings that you want cooked.
5. Pop it in the oven until the cheese is bubbly
6. Remove it carefully, add any toppings you didn’t want cooked, and let it set for a few minutes.
7. Serve it up like pie. Add any toppings that are more garnish-like to each serving.
How to eat all this Nomminess
With plenty of Dipping Material. Try:
Raw veggies, Whole wheat Pita, Tortillas, or any kind of flat breads, and Mary’s Crackers (she’s not paying me, those things are so good I’ll let out the secret without selling out!).
And to that we say: OOOOOOMMMMMMMMM Nom Nom!
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