Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor. -William Cowper
Life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know. -Unknown
MY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
In an effort to broaden my horizons and keep life interesting, one of my goals for 2018 is to:
Try one new whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) recipe each week and share it on the blog.
To increase my chances of success, I’m implementing four success strategies.
Success Strategy #1 - Write It Down
I have written my goal down. According to research by psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews, writing a goal increased success rate by 42%!
Success Strategy #2 - SMART Goals
I'm also using the SMART goal framework (making the goal specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound):
Specific - New WFPB recipes
Measurable - One per week
Actionable - Weekly actions are: deciding on a recipe, buying the ingredients, preparing the meal, and sharing it on the blog.
Realistic - One per week is doable for me.
Time-Bound - Throughout 2018
Success Strategy #3 - Accountability
By announcing this goal on the blog, I'm adding a layer of accountability. In other words, I am making others aware of this goal so that they will hold me to it. Research by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) found that good accountability practices can increase success rate by up to 95%!
Success Strategy #4 - A Compelling "Why"
In the beginning, new goals are fun and exciting. But once the newness wears off, sticking with a goal becomes much more difficult. To help me prepare for this, I need to be very clear on my why. I love this quote by Gail Hyatt:
"People lose their way when they lose their why."
So why is this goal important to me?
As mentioned above, I want to get outside my comfort zone, try new things, and inspire others to do the same.
The research supporting WFPB diets for preventing and reversing chronic disease is astounding. (For more information on this, I recommend checking out the American College of Lifestyle Medicine's resource page, which provides several diet and nutrition resources. I also recommend watching the documentary Forks Over Knives. It's available on Netflix. You can see the trailer here.)
I believe that preparing more WFPB meals is beneficial for my own health, as well as the health of my family, patients, and readers.
It's important to me to practice what I preach. Practice is the key word here. :) I think healthy living is all about continual practice - learning and growing, picking yourself up when you stumble, and improving your ratio of good choices. Nobody is perfect. I'm certainly not perfect when it comes to healthy eating, but I believe that small, consistent steps lead to big change (in fact, that's my motto for this year). This goal helps me to do this.
Food is an important, enjoyable part of life. Foods that taste great and nourish us well enhance our quality of life, both short-term and long-term.
There are so many delicious, healthy recipe ideas available at our fingertips. I want to use these awesome resources and share them with others.
By the end of 2018, I will have over 50 new answers to the familiar question, "What should I make for dinner?" :)
Follow My Progress!
I'll still be writing about other health topics (not just food), but I'm excited to offer more recipe ideas to readers this year.
I hope you enjoy the recipes, and I hope this post helps you with your own goals!
WEEK #52! I did it!!! This comforting stew was a great way to finish strong on my New Year’s resolution to try/share one new recipe a week. This stew smells and tastes delicious, and it’s loaded with veggies, legumes, and whole grains!
WEEK #51. An easy way to consume a hefty dose of turmeric!
WEEK #50. I love the combination of colors, textures, and flavors in this delicious salad.
WEEK #49. A hearty dish that’s loaded with plant-based goodness.
WEEK #48. A whole-food plant-based alternative to chicken noodle soup, with extra veggies for a nutritional boost!
WEEK #47. Simple ingredients, easy to make, and much healthier than the canned stuff!
WEEK #46. All you need for these comforting mashed potatoes are potatoes, water, and some common dry seasonings. You’ll be amazed by how delicious they are!
WEEK #45. A quick and easy way to prepare delicious brussels sprouts, without oil!
WEEK #44. A new favorite with my kiddos. Great for breakfast or a snack.
WEEK #43. Simple. Quick. Delicious. Nutritious.
WEEK #42. Chili is a staple in my household because it freezes nicely and dresses up so many foods.
WEEK #41. My kids loved these.
WEEK #40. These taste SO much better than canned beans!
WEEK #39. Hearty and wholesome, with a smoky flavor (and a little heat!)
WEEK #38. Packed with nutrient-dense whole foods, this broth bowl has a “detox” kind of quality about it.
WEEK #37. Get the kids involved in a build-your-own-spring-roll experience! :)
WEEK #36. A new take on an old favorite.
WEEK #35. An easy way to prepare lots of veggies.
WEEK #34. A cool quinoa dish that’s perfect for a warm day. It also makes an easy lunch that doesn’t need to be heated.
WEEK #33. A plant-based “cheese” sauce, without using cashews!
WEEK #32. A healthier, plant-based alternative to ground beef in tacos.
Week #31. My kids LOVE this one.
WEEK #30. A delicious combination of fresh flavors make this cool and refreshing soup.
WEEK #29. Veggie burgers used to intimidate me… until I learned this simple method.
WEEK #28. I’d been wanting to try these for a long time, but I had a hard time finding them in my area. They’re delicious, beautiful, and packed with antioxidants!
WEEK #27. A healthy alternative to ranch dressing, and a great way to use fresh dill from the garden!
WEEK #26. A fun side dish or dip
WEEK #25. So SIMPLE. How did I not know about this before?!
This method of smoothie preparation has been a game-changer for me!
WEEK #23. If you like Thai food, you’ll love this delicious (and beautiful) stew! Chili paste and coconut milk give it a lightly spicy and lightly sweet taste.
WEEK #22. Simple, delicious, and hard to mess up. :)
WEEK #21. A fresh, light, cool dish that’s perfect for summertime.
WEEK #20. Better than store-bought!
WEEK #19. A great-tasting way to prepare eggplant.
WEEK #18 recipe (posting a little late, due to traveling). This recipe is surprisingly easy to make, and it’s a delicious way to serve up lots of veggies.
WEEK #17. A delicious way to consume more health-boosting turmeric.
WEEK #16. Simple, healthier ingredients are in this classic snack. It’s kid-approved!
WEEK #15. A quick and delicious way to use up veggies you have on hand.
WEEK #14. A delicious roasted pasta sauce made from fresh ingredients.
WEEK #13. All the great taste of stuffed poblano peppers, with easier prep!
WEEK #12. Smooth, creamy, rich, chocolate!
WEEK #11 (a little late). An Olive Garden copycat recipe.
WEEK #10. This meal is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
WEEK #9. If you like fresh dill, you'll love this veggie chowder!
WEEK #8. This delicious dip wins the award for EASIEST recipe I've posted so far.
WEEK #7. A nice blend of fresh flavors. Beautiful colors.
WEEK #6. Savory and sweet. Warm and hearty.
WEEK #5. Delicious, quick, easy, and entirely plant-based (dairy-free!).
WEEK #4. This healthy side dish tastes bright, crisp, and fresh.
WEEK #3. So beautiful and SO delicious!
Week #2. This one took a couple tries, but turned out delicious in the end!
WEEK #1 of my 2018 challenge to try one new WFPB recipe each week. This hearty soup was delicious!
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Kiley Owen, PA-C