Updated: Feb 21, 2019
I don’t know if it’s the time of year, the recent snowfall or my season of life, but I’ve been doing a lot of reflection lately. Some reflection on my own personal growth, some on how I can best help my clients, and some a combination.
Here are the biggest themes and things repeating themselves in life lately that seem to be helpful in multiple areas of living:
1. If your goal is to feel better, to live better, or to be a better person then you must live in alignment. This doesn’t mean perfection or a linear path, but it does mean that the majority of your choices need to align with your higher will or desires. It also means that you have to take steps towards your goals on the daily.
2. You need a WHY. Without a reason to reach your goals you’re much less likely to reach them. Let’s say the goal is the destination but the why is the reason for going. WHY = motivation and personal accountability.
3. You must believe that your goals are possible. Don’t set a small goal because it’s easy, set a big goal and believe that it’s possible. Our fears, brain and ego can default us into believing that we can only achieve the last level of success or failure that we or someone close to us has reached. The truth is that we can reach higher and go further if we believe it’s possible AND we live in alignment.
4. This has been said a million times and its sorta true: You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. Find people that inspire you and lift you up. Sometimes circumstances don’t allow you to connect or go out and find inspirational people to hang out with so find them on podcasts or YouTube or social media. Just find them.
5. Meditate. Your thoughts create a physical reaction in the body as if the thing, the worry, the stressor, is happening to you right now. Meditation or breathwork can make it easier for your brain to default to peace instead of stress. There’s science behind it. Google it.
Just some food for thought. Now here’s some food for eating.
Roasted Root Veg Salad with Black Garlic Mayo
This salad is flexible to almost any root vegetable. If you are using baby veggies no peeling is necessary but if you are using veggies with tougher skin, you may want to peel. I used turnips, small purple potatoes, watermelon radishes and carrots and didn’t peel a one. You’ll get more nutrient density with the skins and it’s easier.
2 pounds of root vegetables, washed and diced to the ½ cubes
2 tablespoons avocado oil
Black Garlic Mayo
A handful of fresh parsley, chopped
2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 450F.
2. Place diced veggies on a baking sheet, drizzle on the oil and add a couple of pinches of sea salt. Toss to combine.
3. Place veggies in oven and roast for about 25 minutes or until tender.
4. Remove sheet tray from oven and set aside to let veggies cool
5. When cool, place veggies, most of the mayo, half of the parsley and the bacon into a bowl to toss. Salt to taste
6. Serve with and additional pinch of parsley and enjoy!
Black Garlic Mayo
Black garlic is kind of a magic ingredient. It’s the result of aging garlic at a specific heat and temperature over several weeks; a fermentation of sorts. The flavor is sweeter and milder than that of fresh garlic and is a unique sweet/umami flavor that can heighten any dish.
4 cloves black garlic
1 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 egg yolk
¾ cup light olive oil or avocado oil
Sea salt to taste
1. Place all ingredients except oil and salt into food processor or blender. Blend until combined.
2. Slowly drizzle in oil until well combined and creamy. You may need to scrape down the sides with a spatula.
3. Season with sea salt.