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It may be February, but I’d like to keep my resolutions from January going. One of my goals for this year is learning to say “no”. Being able to say no to the things that aren’t important means that I can say yes to – and have more time for – the things that are. Otherwise, life just feels like a stressful whirlwind. Today’s paleo, low carb chicken soup recipe is tied to my attempt to curtail this. I’ll explain…
In my mind, low carb chicken soup (or any chicken soup) is all about slowing down. It’s one of the most common go-to comfort foods, and we often associate it with a therapeutic home remedy when we are sick. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky to not get sick too often in my adult life, because apparently I built up my immune system by being constantly sick as a child.
Still, I loooove making low carb chicken soup every winter, not only to soothe my body but to metaphorically soothe my mind. Somehow, sitting down with a big bowl of it is a reminder to slow down and think about what’s important.
To be honest, I am terrible at saying no, as well as taking no for an answer. I just want to do it all. Always have. I want to be the perfect mom, the perfect wife, the perfect friend, the perfect business owner, programmer, employee, photographer, writer, and so many other things. I come up with more ideas than I have time to act on. Then, I just get frustrated at the limitations of the time and energy I have to complete them.
Whether we like it or not, those limitations are there. We can try to fight them in futility, or we can acknowledge them and make sure that the important things win out.
So to me, learning to say no is analogous to living with intention. I know, it sounds a little cliche. What I mean by that is, I’m trying to focus on whether my actions are getting me closer to where I want to be. If I look back on this time next week, next month, next year, or even ten years from now, will I think that the things I spent my time on were worthwhile?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind. I’ve found that the only way around that is to consciously allocate time to stop and think.
One of the ways I’ve been doing this is by doing a weekly review at the end of each week. How did it go? What went well and didn’t go well? Is there something can I do better? Are the big goals I want to set for this week that would make me feel accomplished? What do I want to make time for this week, and what can I delegate or let go of? The process is a little reminiscent of the agile sprint reviews many software teams are accustomed to. It turns out that applying it to one’s personal life works well, too.
For some reason, this week’s low carb chicken soup with spaghetti squash served as a perfect reminder to hit pause. Just like our bodies tell us to slow down when we are sick, I think it’s wise to listen when our brains tell us the same thing.
Whether it’s your body or your mind that demands soothing, I hope you’ll try some paleo chicken soup. The spaghetti squash makes a great gluten-free stand-in for noodles. Other than that, it still has all your favorite elements of your favorite chicken soup. It’s light and a little hearty at the same time… and so, so comforting.
This low carb chicken soup recipe makes a large batch, so it can last a while if you’re battling a cold or flu this winter. Otherwise, try freezing half the batch for later. (This one is definitely going in my freezer to have around for when the baby comes.) If nothing else, maybe a warm bowl of chicken soup will urge you to slow down and think about what’s important in your own life today.
Low Carb Chicken Soup Recipe (Paleo, Gluten-free):
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