If you listen closely, over the next few mornings, you might just be able to hear the collective noise that is everyone using their blender for the first time in months to make a kale smoothie (I'm willing to bet money that kale sales triple during the first few weeks of January); all in the name of health.

And sometime between the middle of January, and the beginning of February, a large percentage of people who wanted to make healthier changes in 2018, will go back to exactly what they were eating for breakfast. 

The reality of most goals, is that they will fail. But guess what? It doesn't have to be this way. One of the best books I read in 2017 was Jon Acuff's "Finish." I highly recommend you hop on to Amazon and grab a copy right now (and this is NOT a sponsored post). In fact, it was one of my favorite books to give as a Christmas gift. Its truths about goals (and sticking to them) are basic and simple, so basic and simple, you might just find yourself saying "duh" out loud as you read. But they are basic and simple tenents, as a culture, that we've been missing. 

The 2 truths from the book that I believe are most applicable to healthy goals, are this: 1) goals need to be fun for us to stick to them, and 2) cut your goals in half for success. 

To some people, kale smoothies are fun. But to a lot of people, they aren't. And that's a large reason why the kale sales will go down, and people's blenders will eventually start to accumulate dust again. I LOVE green smoothies. But I pretty much HATE kale (yes, a future dietitian just said she hates kale). I would be miserable if I had to wake up and drink a kale smoothie every morning. 

So, here's what I'm proposing, to actually follow through with your goals to eat healthier in 2018, based on Acuff's principles:

What do you really like to eat for breakfast? What brings you joy? What's FUN?

Maybe you said donuts. Maybe every day last year you had a Krispy Kreme Donut for breakfast. And I can promise you that if you were eating a donut every day, and you switched to a kale smoothie, you will be in hell. 

I've got a little secret, that's sort of an addendum to his principles: healthy changes don't happen overnight. They take months and even years to make. If you want to eventually be the person who gets up and drinks a kale smoothie every morning and loves the crap out of it, you can get there. But it's not going to happen in days or weeks. There's got a be a bridge in between Krispy Kremes and kale smoothies. 

So how do you build that bridge? You incorporate those 2.5 principles. 
1) You make it fun - you love donuts. So keep eating donuts. But could you make them from home? Maybe you start out just making Krispy Kreme copycat recipes. And then in a few weeks or months you try and make a healthier version. Pinterest has hundreds of "healthy" donut recipes.
2) You reduce the # of Krispy Kremes you're eating (you cut your goal in half). Instead of going from 7 donuts a week to 0, what about 3.5? Maybe the happy medium is you have something healthier for breakfast a few days a week, and only have Krispy Kremes 3 days a week. 
2.5) Your goal for 2019 could be no donuts, or just one donut a week. 

The daily Krispy Kreme donut is a bit of an extreme example, but you get the point.

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Do you want to know what I love to eat for breakfast? Sweet things. I love pancakes and waffles and oatmeal. Do you know how I eat them and stay healthy? I followed those goals. My pancakes have morphed from white flour and white sugar, loaded with maple syrup, to healthier flours, less or no sugar, and using almond or peanut butter instead of syrup. If some part of you just said "YUCK," remember, time

These pancakes actually have more sugar than I usually use, but it's a holiday and I wanted them to be more of a treat and actually taste like gingerbread cookies. 

1 c. almond flour (Natural Grocers bulk flours is the cheapest best source)
1/2 c. tapioca flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
2 T molasses
1 T organic brown sugar
2 T coconut sugar
2 T hemp seeds
1 T ground flax seed
1 scoop Further Food collagen
1/2 c. almond milk
1 T. softened coconut oil / vanilla ghee


Combine all ingredients in a big bowl. Turn non-stick pan onto a lower heat, like level 2-3. Put a little bit of coconut oil in the pan. Gluten-free pancakes cook better as smaller sizes, so use 1/8 cup of batter for each pancake (it spreads out a lot). Cook for about 90 seconds on each side, or until bubbles have formed. Drizzle with almond butter and enjoy!

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So if you've already made healthy eating goals this year, sit down and take a hard look at them. Are they fun? Can you cut them in half? And do they take into account the fact that changes takes time? 

I'd love to hear about ways you're making your goals fun and more achievable. Let me know in the comments! 

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