Trading Pints of Beer for Pints of Ben&Jerry’s

What is it about my life that has kept me on that path?  How come I am able to Begin Again and maintain healthy routines?  I know what it’s like to feel under the spell of food, sweets, and coffee, and why am I able to pull myself away?

My theory right now is that I am able to come back to the path because I have been here before.  And the more time I spend feeling the positive effects of living my life a certain way, the more likely I am to come back to it.  Having the experience of feeling alive in my mind, body, soul is most important.

Therefore, putting myself in a structured experiment of living a certain way is very important and does serve.  ‘Forcing’ myself to eat a certain way for a month, and therefore reap the benefits is what is going to help me come back to this lifestyle if I stray.

Again I am reminded of the importance of PRACTICE.  Living a healthy lifestyle takes practice.  Begin again, begin again, begin again.

What beliefs am I stepping into today?

I love taking care of my body.
I love eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
I am passionate about sticking to my goals thus I only eat sweets once in a while.
I love moving my body, I am passionate about moving my body, I move my body as much as I can via yoga, running, stretching, acro, gymnastics, dance, hooping, walking, conditioning, anything!

Feeling energized, focused, awake, happy, relaxed, able, strong is so important to me and so attainable that I easily and happily eat vibrant fresh food, move my body often, meditate, and maintain routines.

This video pumps me up!! Focus on a goal!

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Sober Evolution

Big realization about my relationship with alcohol!

Annnd RoadTrippin, lovin life 🙂

 

(Filmed this last week)

 

 

6 months sans alcohol

It feels like no big deal at this point.  Hardly an issue. It’s just a part of my life. I don’t drink alcohol.

A year ago, this felt nearly impossible. I could hardly imagine it. It seemed like it would be very challenging. And  sad. Sad to give up this sweet treat.

And now, it is easy. And I am grateful for taking up this journey.

Largely, it has simplified things. Whether or not I’ll be drinking is never a factor I need to consider as I make plans.

I rarely go to bars, or spend evenings sitting around drinking with friends.  And I rarely miss this.

I enjoy quiet evenings.  Bed by 10, up by 6 or 7. Time to be slow in the morning.

I enjoy feeling more comfortable in my body.  Less days feeling sluggish and disoriented from nights up late drinking.  More of my time is now spent taking care of my body, mind and spirit. Doing things that feel good and bring me happiness. Less time laying around waiting until I feel better.

And I feel empowered to know that I AM capable of following through with challenges.  I am pleasantly surprised in fact on how it’s not as hard as I thought.

What else then, can I shift in my life?  Maybe next year I’ll give up coffee….. (eek!)

Day 5 Sugar Free Sweet Treat- CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DESSERT BAR

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Wow. Things are getting better and better in the healthy dessert world I am exploring.  Chocolate peanut butter cups have been one of my favorite desserts, and I’m now finding a way to make a HEALTHY version of this!! I am thrilled!

And, I’m learning to trust the process. This didn’t come out perfect, but I learned a lot along the way. And next time will be a little different, and probably a little better.  And lucky for me, it still tastes incredible.

Basically take homemade nut butter, and homemade chocolate, put them together, put them in the freezer, then cut them up!

Make your own nut butter.  Healthier and cheaper (I’m pretty sure) than the store alternative. And simple to make.  All you do is put a bunch of nuts into a food processor or high speed blender, and let it spin until it clumps and gets creamy (May take up to 15 minutes) I recommend roasting and salting plain nuts for about 10 minutes before putting them in the processor.  This time I used Whole Foods organic already roasted/salted nuts.  Only took about 5 minutes of blending until it started clumping. I added a little more honey, cinnamon and salt for extra flavor. If adding extra ingredients, take the nut butter out of the processor and fold in the ingredients with a spoon.  Otherwise the butter might get flakey. Try this website for more help on making your own nut butter.

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I put some coconut oil on a plate, then spread the peanut butter on the plate, about 1/4 inch thick? I put this in the freezer.

Now for the chocolate! I’ve been playing around with Emily’s chocolate recipe, from Rawsome Vegan Life. This time for the sweetener I used a mix of half coconut nectar and half maple syrup.  I put this in a glass measuring cup which I then put in hot water to help the coconut melt.  I ended up with what looked like caramel.  Amazinnng.  Since it’s a warm day the chocolate was very smooth, so I put it in the fridge for a few minutes to help it harden.  I then spread this mixture over the cold peanut butter slab and put the whole thing back in the freezer.

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When I went to cut the creation, I found the chocolate to be harder than the peanut butter.  This would be perfect it I had made little cups like the Reese’s ones.  However, for getting off the plate and cutting, this proved a little challenging.  If I do it this way again I’ll use only maple syrup as a sweetener, as this creates a softer chocolate.

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I ended up cutting the chocolate slab in half and making a sandwich.  I took the other half of the peanut butter slab, smushed it into a ball, and put it in the  fridge for regular use.  It’s not quite staying together when I cut it, but it’s good enough and will do. And most importantly, it still tastes amaziingggggg. Cheers! 😀

Day 4 Sugar Free Sweet Treat

Maple sweetened granola.

With a little extra maple syrup and

unsweetened almond milk.

Yummm. 🙂

 

Committing to not eating sugar has been relatively easy. I’m now house sitting so to a large extent I have control over what food is in the house.  And I haven’t been out that much this week.  Without being tempted by it, it’s really not that hard.

Blogging every day has been more challenging.  And here I am, keeping up. 🙂

Day 3 Sugar Free Treat- Liquid Heaven

In this video I discuss:

Why is REFINED sugar tough on the body?

My new favorite thing in the world.

Why it’s worth it to buy ‘expensive’ food.

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

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Day 2 Sugar Free Treat- Raw Honey

Raw honey on a spoon. Gorgeous texture, a comforting experience, sweet, tasty. And I feel good about putting this food in my body. Honey is full of vitamins, good for digestion, and soothing for the throat. Thank you bees!!

Having this conversation with Jordan got me thinking more specifically about sugars. Why is CANE sugar, or refined/processed sugar worse for me than sugar from honey or maple syrup? The cane plant is a plant… that’s all natural right? Is it the processing that creates the problem? Maple Syrup goes through some processing…. And I’ve heard of ‘beet sugar’, how does this one measure up? Something to look into….
If you have any thoughts or knowledge on this topic- would love to hear them!

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