How is the beginning of your week going? This is the first week of the new year... and the pressure is on! Monday has just passed and this is a starting day for some of us MANY times a year! Lots have made resolutions or quiet promises to ourselves about how this year will look on many fronts. Financially, spiritually, emotionally or nutritionally... all goals we set for ourselves are important to us for so many reasons, but the steps we take to reach these goals is really the big prize, isn't it?
I find starting my morning on the right track TOTALLY sets the stage for the rest of the day! This positive start helps me meet the day's goals, which, done over and over again... gives me a sense of routine and control. For me, this is the part of the secret to success.
I read an article on Huffington Post yesterday about happiness. I can't locate the link... but basically the author talks about some behaviours she has investigated which do, or do not provide us with the tools we need to find our happiness.
One of the key factors, she says, is figuring out if you are a moderator or an abstainer. Some people, THE ABSTAINERS, are most successful when they abstain from (insert activity or item here- but let's say Pogo sticks for argument's sake) Pogo sticks. If they avoid Pogos all together, it's much easier for them to control attractions, thoughts or cravings to those delightful breaded meat sticks... out of sight out of mind.
Other people, THE MODERATORS, feel much more in control if they thoughtfully mete out the frequency and quantity of Pogos, but still allow themselves to induldge occasionally. These people gain momentum from the success of exposure and their subsequent decision to control their behaviour.
I am definitely an abstainer! I am all in, or all out. Unfortunately, this usually attitude is in bursts and only lasts a short time... next thing I know, I've lost interest or inclination in whatever my goal was to begin with and plod on with no direction. I'm working my hardest to change this pattern.
SO... on that notion, avoiding a slovenly or unhealthy day and meeting the goal of having a healthy breakfast, I woke up and had one of these babies!
2 cups organic spinach
1-1.25 cups milk (your choice of cow’s milk, soy, hemp, almond, rice, etc)
1 tablespoon flax (optional)
These are oh so fresh and light! It's just like a portable matchstick Asian salad. The broccoli slaw saves so much time in prep, that you can have ten of these done in ten minutes! Soaking and manipulating the rice paper is the only tricky part, but like pancakes, they get better after the first one. This is also an incredibly affordable dish. A pack of rice paper is under 2$ at the Asian market, all other veg were already in the fridge- using only about a quarter of each the carrot and the pepper!
I think I had 5 of these lovelies, and still felt like I could jump into Richard Gere's arms and run outta the factory!