Happy New Year! I hope that your 2017 is starting off fabulously! The promise of a new year is always so bright, and our energy and motivation are at a major high. I love that feeling! Whether you find yourself setting resolutions or not, there is never a wrong time to set goals to better yourself, be it in the health and wellness sphere or otherwise.
As I delve into a course on self motivation and behavior change in my master’s program, I thought it would be fitting to share a few tips that are scientifically proven to make you more likely to keep any goals or changes you implement. Six months out, less than half of those who make resolutions are still keeping them! (Depressing, right?!) Keep reading so you don’t drop your goals by summer.
You cannot get to your destination with only a vague idea of how to get there. Say you want to “get fit” or “lose weight”- great! But do you have a specific plan??? How are you getting there? Without a clearly laid out plan, you can end up wasting time and money meandering around, and may ultimately be frustrated that you are not achieving your goal. Do your research, lay out the when/where/how, and don’t be afraid to consult an expert (such as a dietitian nutritionist, like myself). The experts are there to help you navigate.
Get friends and family involved- let them know your goals and ask them to hold you accountable. The simple act of telling people out loud automatically makes you more likely to stick it out when things get tough. Plus, studies show that success is significantly increased when you have people cheering you on and standing by you when you need an extra push.
We all hit bumps and get off track. It is part of being human (even the experts are human, so don’t think we have it all together, because that is just.not.true). Be gentle with yourself, and acknowledge from the get-go that there will be times that you stumble.
There are two ways of dealing with falling off the wagon- you stay down and let it run you over (ouch), or you dust yourself off and move the heck on. Devise a plan with techniques of how you will deal with the slip-ups before they happen (which means being real about your triggers and temptations), and you will be prepared to get back up and kick butt again.
I would love to know if you have any goals for this year, and the techniques you will use to get there! On a completely different note, it has been a little while since I have done a restaurant review, so get excited, because today I am sharing a San Diego gem: Mille Fleurs!
Buckwheat blinis with caviar, smoked salmon, shallot creme fraiche, and watercress
Mille Fleurs is nestled in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe, and serves French California cuisine. I love that they hold the farm-to-table philosophy, getting fresh produce daily at Chino Farms. You can absolutely tell how fresh and flavorful the ingredients are, and each dish is composed beautifully.
Duck breast and seared foie gras with celery root potato puree, blood orange-ginger sauce, and fried sage
The interior feels cozy and romantic with an old-money, classy vibe. The service is just right- they meet your every need with a smile and swiftness, while still making you feel that you and your guests are enjoying a private gathering free from interruption.
Four Mushroom Risotto with Burgundy truffles, garlic cloves, curly endive, chervil, and Parmesan
I highly recommend Mille Fleurs for special occasions and celebratory meals. They make the experience feel so special. The chef and his team make food that is impeccably delicious and totally insta-worthy. The food is never too rich or heavy, so even after a 3-course meal, I did not feel overstuffed or uncomfortable. The portions are just right.
Buche de Noel with chocolate, matcha mousse, meringue, and raspberry coulis
No part of my dining experience was less than spectacular. I literally felt like the menu was made for me because all of my favorite foods were incorporated- caviar, salmon, truffles, foie gras, matcha, meringue (I know, my palate is prettyyyy elevated lol). Traditional and adventurous eaters will easily find something they will enjoy. I can’t say enough good things- head to Mille Fleurs for your next special celebration. Valentine’s Day, perhaps? That dinner reservation would win major points with your date. You’re welcome. 🙂
Let me know- Do you have any resolutions this year, and how are you gonna get there? Also, if you go to Mille Fleurs, tag me so I can see (and drool over) what you order. Talk soon!