Many of us want to start out the New Year cleaning up our diets, moving a bit more, and changing our lives, minds, and bodies for the better. And, its such a great time to do so after the holidays and all of the indulging; we feel inspired + ready to spend some extra time on self-care and nourishment.
But what happens with many of us is that we jump all in. Every meal should look perfect or its a fail, every morning should be spent exercising, every afternoon we will carve out time to meditate, and a plethora of other goals + standards we set for ourselves . We expect that will can do it all, and do it perfectly and then viola, we are transformed by the end of January. Piece of cake.
Except real and lasting change doesn't quite work that way. Its a lifelong process and even when we have mastered an area of our lives fairly well ... we are still human. And we aren't perfect.
Lets take cooking as an example. For myself, I love to cook. I love making homemade meals and feeding them to my family and enjoying them myself. But I don't love doing this all of the time. I am not the perfect mom, the perfect cook, and I do not make from scratch meals every day. If I set that level of expectation for myself, it would no longer be something I love to do or something I find joy in.
Its a lot to expect of ourselves to work, be moms, keep up friendships, live in the hustle bustle, and love cooking every wholesome meal from scratch. To always make time to exercise, and be well informed, to carve out date nights, and the list goes on and on.
And guess what, you don't have to be perfect.
I think in our commitments to being and feeling well in our lives, we need to keep our expectations in check. Knowing that its ok that not everything has to look neat and organized and pretty all the time. In fact, embracing some shorts cuts and giving yourself a break is what I believe to be a very important part of a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. But, as women and being human and wanting to do our absolute best, I think we all need the reminder sometimes that we aren't and don't have to be perfect, whether it be around food, relationships, home, or work.
So on this note, I wanted to give you a little list of simple winter meals that I have found to be quite helpful. Its hibernating season after all, and we could all probably use these months to simplify and use the extra time to invest in some good old fashioned r & r.
Whose with me?
Simple Winter Meals
- Rotisserie Chicken with a simple side salad or sautéed kale
- Utilize your crockpot with recipes like this one
- Get soup and salad from your favorite restaurant to go
- Sautéed winter veggies with a fried egg on top
- Clean out the fridge tacos with fillings such as : scrambled eggs, goat cheese, black beans, avocado, shredded lettuce, salsa, sauerkraut, etc etc
- Loaded baked sweet potatoes
- Sautéed shredded cabbage 'pasta' topped with sausage slices and kale
- Stewed garbanzo beans + spinach + carrots in a store bought curry sauce
Compile your own list of simple, wholesome meals that you can reach for when you need a much needed break. Kick up your feet, chat with your loved ones, or read a book with the extra space. We would love to hear your own ideas of simple meals! Xo