I’ve had some pretty rubbish fortunes over the years but could this one be any more perfect for January 1? I said towards the end of last year that 2017 would be amazing.
Now it has to be. No looking back. Focussing on the present and all the good stuff.
I did a lot (I mean a lot – I read 7 books) of reading over the holidays and despite them all being pretty different – two easy reads, one little book of meditations, one about spirituality (a bit too deep for me) and the other three about business stuff – I could sum them up in three points:
1. Focus on one thing at a time
I am a chronic multi-tasker and always thought that this was the way to get things done. Apparently unless something requires pretty much zero mental effort, focussing on one thing at a time is a way to get more done, in less time, with better results. Who’da thunk it right?
I even tested this on my cooking the other day. When I actually focused on what I was making, didn’t look at my phone, didn’t stop to check anything, pick up random items etc, I was so quick. Plus I didn’t forget any key ingredients. Same goes for work things. One at a time, finish it and move on.
Of course things like tending to your children probably call for interruption of the thing you’re doing but there are exceptions to every rule.
2. Breathing is key.
When in doubt, when in trouble, when freaking out, when angry… basically whenever you’re not feeling 100% mentally or physically, taking a minute or two out to take a few deep breaths can change everything.
It can help you think clearly to find an answer, calm you to make you respond nicely to your husband rather than biting his head off (sometimes, doesn’t work all the time and depends on what irritating thing they were doing to warrant deep breathing) and bring you back to the present – i.e. the one thing you’re doing right now, the thing you are focussing on.
3. All we have is right this moment
It’s a pretty ‘hippy’ thing to say but it’s totally true. All we ever have is this exact moment. We can’t change the past and we can’t control the future no matter how hard we try. Worrying about it only ruins our now.
We never know what’s going to happen in the next moment so focus on the one thing, right now. The same goes for thoughts like ‘if only I had X, I’d be happy.’ X is in the future, you have no control over it and it might not ever happen so find a way to be happy right now, right this second.
And those my friend, are my words of wisdom for the year. You heard them here, words to live by.
Now what else is this year going to be about? I want to help you live a happier and healthier life when it comes to food. I want to take the stress out of it, make it easier and more enjoyable, more delicious and fun.
For the next few months I’m going to be focusing on Dinner Time. In my house, it’s the most stressful. Everyone is a bit worn out, hungry and a tad tetchy. It can seem rushed and oh-so-stressful but even before kids, I started coming up with some tricks to take the stress out of it and that’s what I’m going to be sharing – I am pretty much the queen of hacks when it comes to making everything food-related easier – along with some delicious, healthy recipes of course.
All my recipes are healthy not because they’re ‘low-fat’ or ‘low-carb’ or anything like that. To me a recipe is healthy if it uses wholefoods, is made from scratch and to keep sanity in check, it’s easy to make.
Most importantly it has to be super tasty. If it’s not, I’m not going to want to eat it.
Enter, my nemesis – Tasty Cheese CC’s. These babies go against all my food beliefs. I guess they have corn in them so there’s at least some sort of ‘real’ food but they’re pretty rubbish and I LOVE them.
Of course I had a go at a slightly – actually a lot – more nutritious version of my beloved corn chips and they’re actually almost as addictive as the real thing.
Don’t be put off by the mustard and tahini. I know it sounds like a really weird flavour combo but trust me, they’re good.
If you don’t have to make them dairy-free or just don’t have nutritional yeast you can use grated parmesan instead.
I hope you like them as much as I did.
One last thing… if dinner time could be a bit less stressful, a bit more enjoyable or a bit healthier, grab a copy of my free Saving Dinner Time eBook. You’re welcome!
- Paleo corn chips
- 3 tbsp hulled tahini
- 1 tbsp soft butter (or coconut oil for dairy-free)
- 1 free-range egg
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 2½ tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- Preheat the oven to 170 °C fan-forced and lay a sheet of baking paper (big enough to cover your oven tray) on the bench.
- In a bowl, combine the tahini, butter, egg, seeds, salt, mustard and nutritional yeast flakes until combined and then fold in the coconut flour.
- It may seem a bit too wet when you first add the coconut flour but it will absorb the liquid quickly.
- Shape the mixture into a ball and place it in the middle of the sheet of baking paper.
- Use your hands to flatten it out then place another sheet of baking paper on top and use a rolling pin to roll it out to 3-5mm thickness.
- Peel off the top layer of baking paper and use a knife to mark the dough into ‘corn chip’ shapes. Start by drawing horizontal lines then make a grid with vertical lines. Finally, score on an angle through the squares to make them into triangles.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.
- Remove the corn chips to a wire rack to cool.
- Store in an airtight container.