I love the holidays!! I love watching the seasons change. I love the holiday cheer and the holiday baking. I love sitting on my couch, with a cup of tea, the fireplace crackling, and the tree lit up. I don’t think there’s anywhere else I’d rather be.
Although there’s many scary things in the world happening right now, it’s times like these to be blessed and thankful for our freedom. Thankful I have an amaaazing job AND the ability to study Holistic Nutrition. Sure the lifestyle comes with a side of stress, but it’s a stress that I’m fortunate enough to experience. It’s a stress that I CHOOSE to use as motivation. It’s these conscious efforts that can help maintain a positive mindset, and we ALL know what positive thoughts do, right? Positive thinking not only help create positive outcomes, but if you’re constantly having this outlook on life, good things are happening to you, then you will inevitably be in a happier state! Math. I just finishing reading a book where one of the characters was always referred to as the one that always “looked on the bright side” or “saw the good in every situation” and one day I hope I can be recognized as that girl. Is that me right now? Definitely getting there. But all too often I succumb to the negative thoughts in my head, allowing things I have no control over to consume me, which no doubt set me up for failure, and likely a days worth of nonproductive work. Changing thoughts take time. It takes conscious control, but learning to recognize these thought patterns means you’re ahead of the game.
In my world, I often work with patients diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and within minutes of meeting them I can tell what their thought patterns are like. I would never downplay medication, I think it is absolutely necessary in some cases, but I also think there needs to be more emphasis on changing thoughts and perceptions and how they relate to behaviour. Also known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can be stuck habitually thinking the same generalized thoughts, because maybe that’s how you were brought up, and you don’t know any different. For instance, I grew up a spoiled brat, and it took me years to finally address the fact that I need to work hard if I want something, and I am ultimately responsible for my own happiness. This also meant changing my thoughts and expectations as well. So if positive thinking yields positive results, then what do you think negative thinking does? For example, do you start feeling anxious the second you think about public speaking, and all the things that COULD go wrong? How about instead thinking that you’re gonna rock it, shine on that stage, and possibly impact someone’s life? This negative thinking pattern is a HUGE issue with disordered eating patterns. “Oh no, I ate too much fat grams today, I’m a failure,” “Or I can’t believe I ate that piece of cake, I’m so fat.” These thought patterns will inevitably end up with women (or men) feeling guilt, shame, self-esteem issues, and possibly full blown eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and the up and coming orthorexia. Definitely more on this in the future, just wanted to share my 2 cents, but I’m hungry!
Moral of my rant, stop complaining, that energy could be used making a positive impact else where.
Anyways, here’s a Paleo Cottage Pie I made with yams, that was so delicious, I think I’ll go make some leftovers!
Paleo Cottage Pie
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 medium yams or sweet potatoes (or mix one of each!)
- 2 carrots peeled and diced
- ½ sweet onion, diced.
- 3 celery sticks, sliced
- 2 Tbsp butter
- ½ cup organic chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
- 1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary
- 1 tsp worchesterchire sauce
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Frist things first, in a medium sized pot, begin to boil peeled and cubed yams, once fork tender, drain and set aside
- Begin to brown ground beef in sauce pan
- Once ground beef is browned, drain fat into a container, and set aside beef
- Add all of your veggies into the same sauce pan, with about 1 Tbsp of beef fat (or fat of choice)
- After about 6-8 minutes, or when onions look translucent, add the beef back to the dish, and add the garlic (put cloves in garlic press or dice up), thyme, and rosemary to the pan
- Stir in organic broth slowly, I used about ⅓ of the broth for the beef and the remainder for the mashed yams
- add in worchestershire sauce and tomato paste, continue to stir
- Mash yams in medium pot with butter, salt and pepper, and broth if desired. I did this with an immersion blender.
- In a casserole dish, line the bottom with your ground beef and veggies
- Top with mashed yams
- Bake at for 30 minutes!