There is a saying by the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius; ‘When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps’.
Did you start 2024 with good intentions? Already off track meeting those health goals? Maybe your motivation is MIA or perhaps you just need to commit? If so, read on.
Community Care Chemist Nutritionist Elaine Waller has these tips to help re-inspire you and get your health back on track.
Be mentally ready
Having a positive attitude will pay dividends when committing to making a change. Determination is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Refusing to give up is one sure way to guarantee you’ll get there eventually.
Make it personal
Remember, this is your journey and yours alone. Inspiration can be found from other people’s success stories but always ensure you focus on your individual goals. What works for them may not be right for you. Your nutritional requirements, health conditions and lifestyle are very different from your husband, wife, flatmate or friend. Although having a support network is essential in keeping you accountable, try not to be too influenced by others around you. After all, comparison is the death of happiness.
When assessing your lifestyle and dietary choices be honest with yourself. Telling yourself you only snack after dinner once a week or exercise more than you really do is only self-sabotaging your own goals. Tracking your nutritional intake can get repetitive and time consuming but ensuring you are aware of exactly what you are eating is important. Find a sustainable approach by making sure your macronutrients are balanced and your micronutrients are adequate.
Commit and persist
Wondering how to start or start over? The answer? Just start. Set yourself some mini targets within your goals and just begin. Even if you just commit to one change, it’s action. Action breeds confidence. Confidence drives success. With no plan and no action, you will get no results. So, make your plan, commit to the plan, remain consistent and get the results you want.
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Start now! Check out Elaine’s delicious Edamame Bean and Tahini Salad Recipe
Looking for some salad inspiration this summer? Continually making the same salad on rotation? In need of something more?
Try this delicious & nutritious Edamame Bean and Tahini Salad. Packed with fibre, healthy fats and containing a plant based complete protein source, this tasty versatile salad will fast become a favourite. Serve as a light lunch or as a dinner accompaniment. Just add your favourite protein and wholegrain source – and you have a deliciously balanced main meal.
Edamame Bean and Tahini Salad
1 cup of frozen shelled Edamame Beans
1 tin of black beans or mixed beans – drained & rinsed
1 avocado – diced
½ a red onion – finely diced
1 handful of cherry tomatoes – quartered
A few baby cukes (or chunk of cucumber) – diced
1 yellow or orange capsicum – diced
Fresh herbs – a handful of chopped parsley (or basil or coriander if preferred)
3 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1½ tbs red wine vinegar
The juice of half a lemon
½ garlic clove – grated (optional)
2 tsp un-hulled tahini paste
Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook edamame beans in salted boiling water for 3-5 minutes, drain & allow to cool.
- Add all dressing ingredients to a jar & shake until well combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix all salad ingredients except the avocado.
- Pour your desired amount of dressing over the salad & mix well.
- Top with the avocado.
- Serve & enjoy!
Serving suggestion: Serve with some seasoned grilled salmon and cooked wild rice.