Goals. It’s a buzzword around this time of year for sure. Everybody’s got goals. Goals for work, for relationships, for health, for life. Have you asked yourself what your goals are for 2019? It’s been said that if you don’t write them down, they are destined to fail quickly. Well, we wrote them down for you! We put together a list of three common goals and resolutions people seem to make every year. What are you waiting for? 

GOAL: Get organized. 

Sara Skillen of SkillSet Organizing in Franklin believes we all have an “inner organizer” we can tap into if we take a little time to become aware of our habits.

“There’s a saying that all clutter is the result of postponed decisions, and it’s very true! If we have stuff all over the countertops, we haven’t decided on a specific home for said stuff. If we have unopened mail, we haven’t decided when we’ll sit down, open and process it,” Sarah says. “Being organized is a journey, not a destination, so try starting your new year with some simple steps like deciding to clear out one drawer or take five items to Goodwill. If we all spent 10 minutes a day decluttering instead of scrolling social media, what magic could we accomplish?” 

GOAL: Lose weight. 

Pretty much everybody has a few extra pounds they put on over the holidays, which is most likely why, in a recent survey, 45 percent of people said they’d like to lose weight. Our friends at Franklin’s Metabolic Research Center shared their recipe for cauliflower mac and cheese, a healthy take on the carbohydrate-laden American comfort food. MRC loves the versatility of cauliflower from its cooking behavior to its impressive array of nutrients. 

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients

24 ounces cauliflower florets

4 ounces low-fat cottage cheese

4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, split into 3-ounce and 1-ounce portions

Splash of plain, unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Garlic powder, to taste

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 1/2 slices bacon, (optional)

Directions

  1. Remove the stems from the cauliflower florets and steam the heads until soft. Drain, and return to the saucepan.
  2. Over medium-high heat, add cottage cheese, shredded cheese and almond milk. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Add mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Once heated through but not quite boiling, pour mixture into a casserole pan or baking dish.
  5. Cover with the remaining cheese. Top with more pepper, if desired.
  6. Broil until bubbly.
  7. While the “mac and cheese” is broiling, cook the bacon until crispy and let drain on a paper towel.
  8. Remove the “mac and cheese” from the oven and crumble the bacon over the mixture as a garnish.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy!

GOAL: Detox and renew cellular health.

Ah, sweat. It’s one of the most efficient and natural ways to detox your body. Sweating purges the body of toxins. So when it’s cold outside, what better way is there to sweat than to try one of Pure Sweat + Float Studio’s infrared sauna therapies? Their sauna sessions warm the body at the celluar level and deliver a deep-tissue sweat. The saunas also have many other remedial benefits like weight loss and wound healing, to name a few. 

BONUS GOAL: Reduce inflammation.

Inflammation is essentially the body’s reaction to stress. Stress can come from your diet, lifestyle, environment or an infection. If you are plagued with chronic or prolonged inflammation, it can lead to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and more. One surefire way to reduce chronic inflammation and stay healthy is to float! At Pure Sweat + Float Studio in Cool Springs, you can enjoy an experience like none other in state-of-the-art Evolution Float Pods. Float effortlessly within pristine warm water mixed with nearly 1,000 pounds of therapeutic Epsom salt, creating a gravity-free healing environment for deep physical recovery. You can keep the float lid open, dim the lights and play some music or lower the lid for a womblike retreat. Customizable pod options help create your ultimate floating and restorative environment. Float pods have many other healing benefits including skin health and replenishing the body’s magnesium sulfate, which 90 percent of us have a deficiency.