Written by Tri-State Defender
It is unrealistic to think that most resolutions made in January will be fulfilled by the end of the year. A new month has already begun, and old habits, I'm sure, will return. We set goals, but aren't motivated enough to see them through.
We fall short of our goals because we don't know how to get there. We desire to achieve positive results without concentrating on the means necessary to attain them. This is especially true for people who have declared this to be the year they will eat healthy and lose weight.
The number one challenge often facing us is our self. As we consider making changes to improve our health, we come up with many self-debasing excuses sometimes such as, "I'm too fat for this diet to work." Or, "My daddy ate what he wanted and lived a long life. Why can't I do the same?"
At number two on the challenge meter are the outside influences that play a big part in derailing our lives. People are social creatures. We are always sharing our excitement with others. This can create negative reactions, which can stop our quest to take on new and healthy ideas.
To protect your psyche from these naysayers, you should never reveal your plan to others. You must look for and surround yourself with people who are like eagles, who soar high in their quest for good health and a better quality of life.
The final and most important part of the solution in all of this is nutrition and learning how to incorporate it into our daily lives. This can be simple for some and a challenge for others. The dilemma might be more than just our ability to understand the importance that food plays in our lives.
The most important meal in anyone's diet is a well-balanced breakfast. Unfortunately, the majority of us skip this meal and try to make up for it later in the day by overeating those forbidden foods that are known to cause, for example, allergies, upset stomachs, diarrhea and headaches.
So what should we eat? A beginning meal could be oatmeal, brown rice, white rice, an apple, a salad or some simple carbohydrates that are not processed. Most of us would resolve to eat better if we knew what to eat that looks or tastes similar to foods we have habitually grown to love.
In light of this revelation, I will publish a series of healthy recipes to help in your quest to return to a healthy lifestyle. This week, I'm going to share with you a simple but safe apple pie recipe that is easy to make. No baking is required for this great tasting pie.
Yields 2, eight-inch pie crusts or 1 large crust.
1 1/2 cup of almonds, 1 1/2 cups of walnuts, 1 1/2 cup of pitted dates, 1 teaspoon of vanilla power.
Place all the nuts into the food processor until the mixture looks like flour.
Add date and vanilla power to mix and process until mixed well.
Do not over mix.
Place the mixture into an 8-10 inch glass pie pan, press.
You may choose to reserve 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the mixture to sprinkle as a topping over the pie.
Chef note: crust can be frozen to use at a later date.
6 golden red apples, 3 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates, 2 teaspoons of flax seeds ground fine, 1 teaspoon vanilla power.
Prepare piecrust according to the recipe and press into pie pan.
Place 1/3 of the golden apples, cinnamon, all the dates and vanilla power into the food processor and process until the mixture looks like applesauce.
While processing, add the other apple to the process until chopped into small pieces. Do not over chop.
Stir in the ground flax seed. Mix well and let sit for about 10 minutes.
Place this into the crust mixture.
You may choose to sprinkle the remaining crust mixture at this time.
Allow the pie to firm. Can keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Share and enjoy.