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New Year – New Resolutions – Solutions on how to keep these

Every year it is the same, we make our list of new year’s resolutions and launch into the year full of enthusiasm and confidence that this is going to be our best year yet, but inevitably by February we find ourselves wondering:

How did I get off track so quickly?
Nothing has changed, I have fallen back into the same bad habits!
WHY? WHY?

This year why don’t you try a different approach……

Think of 1,2,3…..(however many things you like but the fewer the better) things that you REALLY want to change, and YOU  have to really want to change, it can’t be something someone else wants you to do.

Then if it is something you want to give up think of ideas or swaps for this “thing”

e.g.-I want to give up alcohol, so come up with a plan for every time you are in a situation where you would normally have an alcoholic drink what you can do instead e.g. – sparkling water with lime.
OR you might want to lose weight through diet and exercise.  For the diet part think about crowding out the bad food with good food, that way you focus on the abundance of what you can have rather than all the food you can’t have.  If you have a diet full of protein, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, nuts and seeds you will be so full you may have less 3 pm chocolate cravings.  Come up with a healthy sweet treat that you have on hand in case the cravings do overwhelm you.  See my healthy caramel slice recipe below.

For the exercise part: Consistency is the key, make a list of ‘active’ activities you enjoy and be sure to do 1 thing off your list everyday: walk the dog, jump on the trampoline with the kids, skip, garden, dance around the house, go for a surf or swim.  You will never continue to exercise if you don’t enjoy the activity.
Make it easy, make it fun!

The S.M.A.R.T acronym is most commonly used for effective goal setting, I will use the example of losing weight and getting fit as they are the most common new year’s resolutions,

SPECIFIC:    Lose weight / learn to run
MEASURABLE:  5 kg / run 5km
ATTAINABLE:  Don’t aim too high
REWARDS:  This is supposed to be realistic but we have checked that box with attainable, reward yourself when you reach 1/2 way, e.g.- once you lose 2kg and run 2km book yourself a massage or but a new outfit or……??
TIMEBASED:   Aim to achieve these goals by 3 months

Write your goal down, list the steps you need to achieve it, look for support:  tell your family and friends (or better have them join you)- a cheer squad will help to keep you on track!

Create triggers to remind you of your goals: put your exercise clothes next to your bed so they are the first thing you see in the morning if you are trying to include morning exercise into your life and schedule exercise into your diary as you would an important appointment.

GOOD LUCK and I hope this helps you with finally achieving those goals!

raw_caramel_slice

Raw Chocolate Caramel Slice
Ingredients

Base:
½ Cup Medjool Dates
1 ½ Cups of Almonds
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla extract

Caramel Goo:
1 Cup Medjool Dates (soaked for 20 minutes in water – save water)
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil     
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla bean seeds)
¼ Cup water from soaking the dates (maybe a bit less)
Pinch of Sea Salt

Chocolate Coating:
1 Cup Raw Cacao
½ Cup Coconut Oil melted
4-5 tablespoons of Maple Syrup or Agave

Method
In a food processor, grind the nuts dates and vanilla until sticky. Press into a tin greased with coconut oil and set aside.
Blend all caramel ingredients in a food processor until smooth, adding water slowly as needed.
Pour the caramel on top of the base and place in the freezer while you work on the chocolate layer.
In a bowl, combine cacao, melted oil, and sweetener with a whisk to ensure it isn’t lumpy.
Remove the tray from the freezer and evenly spread chocolate over the top. Place slice back in the freezer until set.
Be careful cutting it, use a hot sharp knife.

Enjoy the deliciousness!!

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