Letter From Lexi: Why I’m All For New Year Resolutions

Friends,

We are now well into 2019 and I know this is going to be a good, good year! But there has been something on my mind that I wanted to discuss. As the New Year came and went there has been so much more negativity around the idea of setting goals or resolutions. I’m hearing so much push back this year on the whole “new year, new you” mindset. I’ve heard a lot about NOT setting resolutions, not trying a Whole30 or cleaning up your diet, or the notion of “new year, same me.” But I feel the need to push back on this a bit.

Before I do, I’ll preface it by saying I TOTALLY GET where this attitude against New Year’s Resolutions is coming from! There is a lot of societal pressure to become some ideal version of yourself, and a lot of focus on weight loss and dieting come January 1. This is not what I’m advocating here. Setting goals does not mean that you are not okay exactly how you are right now. Please take that in for a second. Goal setting or setting intentions does not need to come from a place of what you lack in life as a person. It can come from a place of self-acceptance and self-love that you can and you do deserve the chance to improve your life and the lives of those around you.

Lexi Davidson Quote on Setting Goals

From my perspective, there is nothing wrong with wanting to kickstart your new year healthy, wanting to set some new goals and resolutions, trying something new that might better your life and create some healthy growth for yourself. On the flip side of the coin, you know yourself best. If setting a goal to eat healthier, or exercise more brings up more negative emotional energy or habits than positive, maybe that shouldn’t be on your resolution list!

So yes, I unapologetically am for YOU setting a goal for yourself, whether it be health-focused or not. For example, if setting goals or intentions makes you feel like you are inadequate as you are, then maybe the best resolution you can set is for more self-love and self-acceptance! And if you want to try a new way of eating or give a Whole30 a try to explore how different foods are affecting you, go for it!

If you do nothing else this year, may I offer you support to drown out the loud noise of advice and try to listen in to what YOU want? We’re lucky to live in this time and space where there are so many different tools and resources out there to help you live a healthy and happy life and I want to be here to cheer you on while we sort through making all of the right decisions for ourselves and our families.

Over on my Instagram post there was such a great discussion on this topic and I hope to spark one here today! So head on down to the comments and tell me your thoughts on this topic! Leave a note and tell me what your intentions are for the year!

Here’s to a GREAT new year!

Your friend,

Lexi


Tips for a Balanced Approach to New Year Intentions

  • Setting resolution or intentions for the new year is not to say you shouldn’t embrace your wins of 2018! Celebrate what worked for you last year and capitalize on what you learned.
  • Consider setting an intention! The difference being is that you can still choose a place your headed (otherwise known as a goal or resolution), such as spending more time with your children, but instead of focusing on the end result such as (play with my kids 1 hour a day) focus on being kind with yourself on the journey to get there and the actual time spent with the kids instead of setting a timer and making sure you’ve achieved the whole hour. Enjoy the time with the kids instead of beating yourself up if it was only 10 minutes instead of 1 hour.
  • Setting realistic goals is fun and healthy as long as you don’t put pressure on yourself! There is no need to be bummed out if you don’t reach them and no need to compare yourself to others and their goals.
  • If setting resolutions and intentions for the whole year is daunting think about setting goals for the month. And take it one month at a time! And it doesn’t need to be something big! Micro goals are good too! This might mean you are going to be more intentional about drinking water!  Whatever makes YOU happy.
  • I cannot say this enough: Resolutions are not just about diets.  A reader on Instagram said it perfectly, “The New Year’s Resolution has been muddied with exercising and eating right to lose weight for so long that it has become a source of negativity. But…a resolution can be ANYTHING you want it to be… It can be anything from deciding to brush your teeth more than once a day to buying a strangers meal once a month to walking outside and taking a deep breath of fresh air once a day. And yes this can be started at any point of the year, but some people find it fun and motivating to start with the first day of the year.”
  • And finally, if you feel you don’t want to change anything, that’s great too!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 2 (2017)

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan 2017- Week 2 is here! Week 1 was such a hit, and I hope you are feeling fabulous. Here is week 2! 

2016 Weekly Meal Plan Week 2

Monday: Thai Curry Soup

Tuesday: Pizza Stuffed Peppers

Wednesday: Spicy Shrimp and Citrus Salad

Thursday:  Moroccan Chicken Burgers

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Out or Take Out

Sunday: Herb Butter Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes and Green Beans 

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Option: Swap these meals for meals or a meal from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook

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Monday: Beef Barbacoa Lettuce Wraps (page 202)

Tuesday: Leftovers 

Wednesday: Maple Crusted Salmon (page 186)

Thursday: Eggplant Parmesan (page 216)

Friday:  Dinner Out or Take Out

Saturday: Chicken Fajita Salads (page 134)

Sunday: Pad Thai (page 214)

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As always, you can mix up the days you eat these on depending on what you are in the mood for, how busy you are, and so on!

Happy Cooking!

Lexi

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 2 (2016)

Hi friends! It’s here, Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan (Week 2)!

But first… How are you? How are you feeling? I am honestly overwhelmed by the wonderful responses and feedback so far on my meal plan series. If you missed week 1, you can find that here. I have loved seeing your remakes on Instagram this week. Keep them coming! Don’t forget to hashtag #LEXISCLEANKITCHEN so I don’t miss them, and can repost them.

Let’s get this week going. Tons of delicious recipes coming your way to nourish you and your family, give you energy, and help you get on track for the new year! 

Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan (Week 2)

Monday: Loaded Turkey Meatballs over Zucchini Linguine

Tuesday: One Pan Fiesta Chicken and Sausage

Wednesday: Chicken Milanese

Thursday: Easy Cioppino Stew

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Out

Sunday: Butternut Squash Curry Soup

As always, you can mix up the days you eat these on depending on what you are in the mood for, how busy you are, and so on!

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Also, feel free to email me any feedback you may have on these meal plans! I want to make them perfect for all of you!

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Healthy Swaps for the New Year

January means a new year and new goals, often revolving around healthy eating and transforming old habits into new ones to create a healthy lifestyle. Since that is the basis of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, you can imagine I love having new people on board and new visitors to LCK! Already this month has been amazing. I love hearing all about your new journeys, whether a Whole30, a 21DSD, or simply just eating better and working out!

In leu of all the January diet/detox kick-offs, American Express and I wanted to give you some easy healthy swaps to make your life easier, and to make you feel the best you can!Healthy Swaps for the New Year

Here are six recipes to get you started. They are all Whole30 compliant, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly! 
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How are you kicking off 2015? 

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Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad over Garlicky Kale

January is here and with that comes new goals, resolutions, and tons of healthy eating/detoxing from the holidays! Are you in the same boat? I’m doing a combination of a candida detox/whole30/21dsd! Basically, low/no sugar, real whole foods (no paleo baked goods), and lower carb. I’ve heard from many of you that you’re doing similar programs, and whether you’ve started one or are just trying to start off the new year on the right note, this post is for you!

I made you possibly my new all-time favorite dinner. This Roasted Salmon dish is the perfect light & healthy dinner option that’s packed with your favorite winter flavors! Paired with sautéed garlicky kale and topped with an apple fennel salad, it’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner and elegant enough to impress your weekend guests!

Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad

Scroll down for the recipe!

But first… I’ve teamed up with the ladies for another month on great eats. This month focusing on detox-friendly food to nourish and kick-start your 2015. Please welcome Brittany from Eating Bird Food to the group!

Detox Your New YearAll that, plus… Enter to win a  $125 Amazon gift card to support you in your effort to eat healthy in 2015.

Brittany from Eating Bird Food made you superfood energy balls that have a base of oats and almond butter and are studded with a blend of superfood berries including goji berries, inca berries and mulberries. They’re a healthy on-the-go snack option with enough sweetness to satisfy a sugar craving.

Find the recipe here.superfood energy balls

Taylor from Food Faith Fitness made you a protein and super-food packed smoothie bowl that is made extra creamy with Greek yogurt and avocado. It’s swirled with cashew cream for the perfect nutty note.

Find the recipe here.
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Kelly from Nosh and Nourish made you the most gorgeous juice ever! A large pile of vegetables and fruits becomes one nutrient-loaded glass of juice. This Super Yellow Juice is overflowing with vitamin C from the bell peppers and rutabega and is great at aiding in digestion and boosting your immunity!

Find the recipe here.

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Davida from The Healthy Maven made you a healthy and nutritious Detox Vegetable Soup. It’s made with eight different vegetables and is ready in under 40 minutes for a hearty and veggie-packed meal.

Find the recipe here.

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Lee from Fit Foodie Finds made you Paleo Fried Rice using cauliflower in place of rice and tons of veggies for a healthy, quick, 30-minute meal that’s vegetarian and delicious.

Find the recipe here.

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Now, for the salmon dish that is perfect for your weeknight meal or your classy dinner party! Packed with nutrients, easy to prepare, Whole30-approved, deliciousness! You’ll leave the table beyond satisfied and wanting more, promise!

Roasted Salmon Kale Apple Fennel Salad

I’ve been topping the apple fennel salad on all of my leafy green salads lately, too!

Roasted Salmon Kale Apple Fennel Salad

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And if all that wasn’t awesome enough, we’re giving away a $150 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader! Enter below 🙂

 

Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad over Garlicky Kale & detox recipes

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 25 min

Ingredients

Apple Fennel Salad

Directions

  • Roast garlic: I use this method, preheat oven to 400, cut off the top, place face up and drizzle with olive oil, cover with tin foil and roast for 30 minutes or until soft**
  • Lightly rub salmon with olive oil and sea salt, set aside
  • In a bowl combine shaved or sliced apple and fennel, pomegranate seeds, and apple cider vinegar- toss and set aside
  • Massage kale with olive oil
  • In a skillet heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil and garlic
  • Add in massaged kale and sauté until wilted, sprinkle with sea salt as desired
  • While cooking, place oven on broiler (high) and place salmon into the oven
  • Broil for 7-9 minutes based on size of your fish
  • Plate by placing kale down, salmon on top, and apple fennel salad to garnish
  • Recipe Notes

  • *One head if you are roasting your garlic first, 2 cloves if you are just sautéing with garlic
  • **You don't have to use roasted garlic, you can simply sauté your kale with garlic while cooking
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