3-2-1 Happy New You!
A new year is just around the corner and with it comes the promise – the unbridled potential – of a new start. It’s the time for resolutions and fresh resolve. It’s time to make a few changes.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could merely close your eyes, click your heels, and find yourself exactly where you’ve always dreamed you’d be? Some days I think that’s the way to go but the older I get the more I appreciate the process and the lessons learned because of the journey.
I actually think that New Year’s Resolutions are wonderful things, even if they die off well before President’s Day. There’s something invigorating about starting the year off on the right foot. It does make me wonder if built in to these new resolutions is the expectation that we’ll fall a little short and sooner rather than later. After all Lent, a season of fasting and prayer marked by moderation, generally comes less than two months after we set out in our year of good intentions.
Perhaps it’s the grandiosity of our resolutions that make us prone to fail. When I look back at all of the changes I have tried to make in my life, it’s the ones that have started out small that have been the most successful. My sweet little family and I have been on a bit of a food journey over the last year and a half as we have tried to change our overall health primarily by changing the way we eat. That’s a big undertaking! I started with great gusto to the point my husband was halfway convinced he would come home someday to find a new pet, a milking goat, hanging out in the back yard with our Dobermans. Eventually, I scaled back a little. The first major change I made to our regular eating routine was to begin making my own bread, initially a daunting task, something that now I don’t even think twice about. It’s something I have done so often and for so long I don’t even have to think about it. Making bread has moved from my to-do list to my routine. Changing that paved the way for the other changes, shifting to a new kind of milk, eggs, and meat and eventually adding in the main component: making locally grown organic produce a significant portion of each meal.
All these little changes have paid off for us. We have weathered the occasional stomach bug and the odd cold but we are hard-pressed to think of a major illness (one requiring antibiotics or medications of some sort) that any of us has dealt with in the last year. That, in a house with a teacher and two school kids bringing home more germs than you can imagine, is no small thing.
The point of all this motherly advice is that the small changes are worth it because often times they lay the groundwork for the really big changes in life. This week’s recipe is a nod to that. For your tasting pleasure, click here to see my Kale, Cabbage, and Kohlrabi Slaw recipe. At the core it is indeed a coleslaw complete with mayonnaise (remember, small steps) but it’s so chock-full of good for you and delicious greens that you really don’t feel guilty eating it. Plus, the mere 3 tablespoons of mayo mixed in amongst 4 quarts of greens hardly seem worth mentioning. It pairs beautifully with burgers or barbecue and was a huge hit when I served it in lieu of a green salad alongside our Christmas ham. The kohlrabi is really what makes this dish, providing a lovely crunch and a hint of sweetness to balance out the tang of the greens. Diving in to a bowl of this come January is certainly a fine way to start out the new year.
Whether you ring in the new year with a bevvy of resolutions and one or two friends or if you find time to think of only one change to make between conversations and good times with the party masses, may your resolve be firm, your foot secure, and your hope boundless.
Happy New Year!