Overcoming Negativity | Chuck Pot Roast

Let your positivity overcome the negativity of the world.

— Life is a Recipe

There are a lot of judgmental people out there who use their biased ideas to judge others on how something is supposed to be, simply based on their own opinions and ideas. It is not a loving way to view things or people.

I have a friend who happens to be a successful influencer. She is a curvy model that celebrates body positivity and confidence. She started off by dodging many negative bullets from people and being disheartened by the backlash of the media’s standards of the ‘ideal’ body type. Her plight to celebrate curves seemed foreign at the time, although we are now seeing better acceptance in this way of modern thinking. She cares less about negative feedback and focuses more on her positive message.

As I watched her walk away after we said our goodbyes, with a flip of the hair and pop of the hip; she embodied such a happy and balanced disposition and positive outlook on life. It made me think: Have I become a little cynical towards my own self? I know I’m not a chef, but I have this passion where I love to create recipes and cook. However, I’m sometimes overwhelmed with thoughts of self-criticism when I’m creating a recipe and forget the importance of my passion to focus on creating what I love to do.

This negativity can come in many forms. Sometimes we meet people or it might be somebody we already know that re-adjusts the way we think, simply by the way they see the world and live it. Lesson learned, pass on the positive vibes! Although there will always be the negative types: the Debbie downers or the haters… don’t let their energy by your focus. Embrace your outlook with only positivity.


Life Recipe:
Overcoming Negativity

  1. Don’t allow someone else’s dream or ideas steal your focus or imagination.
  2. Start your day by listing five things that you are grateful for right now. Being grateful helps appreciate what you already have and not focus on so many of the negatives.
  3. Next time you're stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative thinking.
  4. Although it’s easier to fall on the negative road; following the positive road will lead to more uplifting results.
  5. Remember only your own self-determination will motivate you closer to achieving your success or goals.

Dinner Recipe:
Pot Roast

  • 4-5 pound chuck roast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions (peeled, cut in half)
  • 3 garlic cloves (sliced)
  • 6 whole carrots (peeled, cut in 2 inch pieces)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups of beef stock
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • Life is a Recipe® Garam Masala (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)
  • fresh ground pepper (to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

  2. Sprinkle roast with salt, pepper and garam masala on all sides.

  3. Cut small holes all over the roast and stuff with sliced garlic.

  4. In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

  5. Add in onions. Brown onions on both sides and then remove and set aside.

  6. Next, add in carrots. Brown carrots slightly and then remove from heat and set aside with onions.

  7. Add meat to the pot and brown for one minute on each side and then remove.

  8. Add 1 cup of red wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze the pot.

  9. Add the roast back into the pot.

  10. Add 4 cups of beef stock, onions, carrots and fresh herbs.

  11. Cover with a lid and bake for 4 hours.

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