Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Years Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions. This happens every year. Usually by mid February those wonderful intentions are starting to fizzle out. By April, you can barely remember what you planned to accomplish. And, sadly, by around June, you are completely back to your old "hard to break" habits.

I think one way to prevent this disappointing scenario is to make yourself accountable to someone or someones. Be part of a group effort. You buoy each other up, encourage each other, cheer each other on, congratulate each other for successes and commiserate over the occassional oops.

This is just how God made us. He didn't intend for any of us to be alone. In fact, He said "it is not good for man to be alone" (Genesis 2:18) as He was operating on Adam to remove a rib. Another time He said "forsake not the assembling together" (Hebrews 10:25).

With this thought in mind, one of the gals on my etsy street team - CAST - shared about her effort to make better food choices and a link to a Face Book group she belongs to where support of those goals is generously provided. Lots of my CAST teammates have joined this Face Book group and are encouraging each other to choose wisely at mealtime. We're sharing recipes, healthy food related websites, personal accomplishments, etc.  in a group setting, with a family of like-minded individuals. God's ways are always so much better than anything we could ever dream up.

We are wanting to be better stewards of these "earth suits", which the Lord provided for us to use for a time, by providing excellent fuel for them, giving them proper amounts of rest, not letting them get rusty because of lack of movement, keeping them well oiled, fueled, rested, exercised.........................

           The following recipe, which excellently supports this plan, was shared by our team mate, Nelly of        NellyWithWings.  

I know you'll love Nelly's etsy shop. When she travels to Mexico, she brings back colorful cambaya cotton prints which she uses in many applications. Coffee sleeves, tortillero (tortilla warmers), purses, just to name a few.

                                                 NELLY'S LENTIL SALAD

1 can of lentils, drained or 2 cups of freshly cooked, cooled lentils
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 red, orange or green pepper, chopped
1 tbs. of chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 2 limes
2-3 tbs. of olive oil
3 tbs. of fresh, chopped cilantro or basil
salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together and let it rest for 5 minutes for the flavors to "marry".

A bit of good news about lentils:

I had this delicious salad for lunch today. I'm putting it on my "keeper" list with four ****


  1. Looks good and healthy. I need to make this.

  2. Being accountable is a major help!

  3. I am so glad you tried the recipe and liked it. Thanks for the shout out to NellywithWings. Nelly

  4. I am just starting to get into using and eating lentils...this may have to be added to the menu!

  5. What a gorgeous looking salad with wonderful ingredients! I'm pinning! I agree with the accountability. I've been in my health/exercise class at church for just over a year. Sometimes just the act of getting there is all I can handle. Then the encouragement from the group takes me to the next levels!