Most nights when my head hits the pillow it’s lights out, I’m out, but there are those few times I lay there with a wandering mind. Often I’m thinking “how is it even possible I’m not asleep given my level of exhaustion?” There’s the rare occasion where my sleep-deprived insomnia turns productive.
This happened earlier last week while traveling and having just completed an 8-hour drive with 2 toddlers and a high-maintenance dog. Your guess is as good as mine as to why I lie awake, but this particular moment of sleep deprivation turned out to be productive. I actually thought up some mantras, not resolutions, but kind of resolutions because isn’t a goal/plan sort of a resolution, for the new year?
Here’s what I came up with:
- Be present
- Help others
- Take care of yourself
While these are a bit vague they actually cover all the goals/resolutions I do have for the new year. I’m not actually a hater on setting resolutions and I know I do have to define these three mantras down to more specifics, but this list is what I’ll come back to when I question anything in the new year. I’ll ask myself am I’m being present, or does this help others, and how am I taking care of myself.
Part of “taking care of myself” is obviously eating healthy, which I’ve not done in 2017. I’ve had a year full of sleep deprivation and tiredness due to raising tiny humans, that I’ve loved doing, but has left me on a roller coaster ride of unhealthy habits. Habits I need to undo and will reverse in the new year.
According to the internet, it takes 21 days to form a habit/break a bad one and since eating healthy is one of my goals (aka resolutions) I’ve gone through my recipes and picked the healthiest ones I’ve made and organized them into a 21-day meal plan. Easy enough right? Sort of… The plan itself falls under the “clean eating,” meaning no processed foods, but is also gluten free and dairy free. WAIT! Before you stop reading and consider me nuts, stay with me on this one! It’s possible to eat healthy AND tasty food in one dish. Here’s some of what I’ve got for you:
- Turkey and Egg Breakfast Casserole (literally my most popular recipe)
- Thai Peanut Chicken Noodle Bowl, seriously bomb.com here! See the pic below…
- Chicken Chili Stew
- Black Bean & Sweet Potato Tacos (yas! tacos!)
So… Do you want to join me? Or maybe you’re not so much interested in eating healthy but rather having someone plan out all your meals and groceries for the next 21 days? That I get! I’ve got the plan for you right here. Just download it and your set! You also don’t have to follow along with the plan I’ve set. I put together a page for you to easily create your own meal plan using your own recipes or the ones in this document.
All-in-all you’ll get a 21-day meal plan, which you can change around or even supplement your own recipes, and a cookbook with some of my most healthy and delicious recipes I make on the reg! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS PLAN.
Soooo, here are some tips on how to stick to this plan for 21 days!
- FIRST: Make the commitment! As simple as it seems, make the decision to do this plan for the next 21 days, not life, not a year, just 21 days.
- SECOND: Allow yourself some room to indulge, whether it’s a couple squares of dark chocolate or a cheat meal (I say meal because a full day can really throw you off balance and we’re trying to stick to a plan here), or even a glass of wine here an there.
- THIRD: Plan. Print out this plan, set up your grocery list cause you’re still gonna have to get this kids snacks and or the things your husband, roomie, etc. like and meal prep ahead. You don’t have to meal prep for every recipe, but some dishes like the Turkey and Egg Breakfast Casserole can be made ahead of time and heated up.
If you didn’t already CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE MEAL PLANNING GUIDE.
That’s it! You got this! We got this. If you plan on committing to this plan jump on over to my Facebook group where we can all chat about it a little more in depth and I’ll let you know how I’m doing too.