Clean eating / Dinner / Food

Smile and Say Thanks

“Wow! You have lost so much weight!”
“Ya, well, still have some to go…”

“Look at the definition in your arms!”
“I have no life and come to the gym way too much.”

Have you ever deflected a compliment- then turned it around and managed to insult yourself? I know I have been guilty of that- actually I was the queen of that!!!

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I get it. Sometimes it is hard to accept a compliment. Maybe you don’t want to appear conceited or maybe you don’t feel like you live up to the compliment- but you need to take that compliment and believe it. The more compliments you deflect- the less compliments you will receive. You want compliments- they make you feel good. Accept the compliment for the simple fact is it hurts the compliment giver’s feelings if you don’t!

The other day, I complimented someone- a very sincere compliment. This lady deflected the compliment in such a way and she was so self deprecating that she managed to turn my compliment into an insult to herself. I walked away feeling uncomfortable and pretty bummed. I would have felt better if she would have just smiled and said thanks.

Promise me the next time someone says something nice to you- you will smile and say thank-you! You can practice when you make this Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe. When you take this dish to your next potluck- the compliments will streaming in!

I got a lot of compliments on this dinner from my kids! They LOVED it! I found the recipe on Pinterest- it’s from a great blog http://againstallgrain.com/2014/01/23/game-day-sweet-sour-meatballs/. I’ve actually tried a few other recipes from this blog and they have all been great! You will need:

2 pounds ground beef, chicken, or pork (I used both beef and turkey)
2 large eggs
2 small vidalia sweet onions, about 1 cup minced
¼ cup almond meal (with the skins) or 2 tablespoons coconut flour (I used coconut flour)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1.5 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoon sea salt

Sauce
3 cups tomato puree
¾ cup unsweetened pineapple juice
⅓ cup honey
⅓ cup coconut aminos (I used tamari soy sauce)
¼ cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1.5 teaspoons sea salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon onion powder

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It’s pretty good- especially since my old Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe had a huge amount of brown sugar in it! Refined sugar free!

Choose happy 🙂

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