PeanutButter Chocolate Brownie Perfection!

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I am in love. With this concoction. With myself for putting it together. For the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. For recipes that contain whole foods with healthy fats. Yay!

Inspired by the brownie recipe from Rawsome Vegan Life.

With my Special Peanut Butter Sauce that I am obsessed with.

1 part peanut butter with a little less than 1 part coconut oil

Melt and mix together

Add about:

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8-1/4cup maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

Can you tell recipes aren’t my strong suite? Just throw some things together and adjust to taste!

BOOOOMMMMM.

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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!

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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TamRaw Bars

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This is my FAVORITE snack.  Superfood. Healthy whole sources of energy. And DELICIOUS.  Replace any craving for granola bars, candy bars, chocolate treats. A sweet treat without the sugar crash.

This is my recipe.  Inspired by Emily from Rawsome Vegan Life.  Similar idea to a Larabar  I basically use what I have in the house.

Play around with your favorite ingredients!

TamRaw Bars

1 (overflowing) cup Raisins

1/2 cup + 1 TBS Sunflower Seeds

1/2 cup Walnuts

1/3 cup + 1 TBS Cacao Nibs

1 TBS Coconut Oil

2 tsp Maple Syrup

2 tsp Cacao Powder + Extra on Top

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Transfer to parchment paper and press/squish into a square block.
Sprinkle more cacao powder on top and press into the bar.
Freeze for at about 1 hour.  Cut into pieces.  Keep in freezer or fridge.

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5 Days Sugar-Free

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I had an amazing weekend with lots of activity and exercise.

Annnd…. I ate many peanut M&Ms, sugary granola bars, sugary trail mix, cookies, brownies, cheesecake, annd visited and indulged at Ben&Jerry’s factory in Vermont.

I feel okay right now.  The balance of exercise and a diet of mostly veggies/grains makes a difference.

And, I’d like to eat less sugar.  So, for the sake of actually taking a break from sugar, I’m declaring myself addicted to sugar.

Yes. I am sugarholic.
I can’t have just one cookie, just one handful of M&Ms, just one spoonful of sugary peanut-butter. It always ends up being 2, 3 ,4 or more.  When I am indulging, a very powerful story takes over.

It’s okay to be eating this.  My life is just fine. Eating this sugar doesn’t have much of an effect.  I’m happy I eat sugar. It’s a part of my life, a part of my culture. Relax Tamreh, no big deal.  Stop trying to control yourself, just eat the sugar.

Ugh.  So powerful. Like an alcoholic who can’t have just one drink, I can’t have just one cookie.  If I want to change my relationship to sugar- I believe I need to make a clean break (at least for a while).

Eating sugar does not support my highest goals! I want to be as healthy and thriving as possible. I don’t need sugar! I can satisfy a sweet craving in many ways that do not involve sugar.

So-for the sake of feeling awesome I will NOT eat sugar for 5 days.
Monday June 16-Friday June 20 I will not eat sugar or anything that has sugar in it. 

This is totally possible for me.  I start with 5 days to show myself I can do it, to see what happens, and find out how I feel.
To support myself in this commitment I am: posting here, putting it into my icalander, telling my friends and family, and having a yummy sugar-free alternative already available for myself.  I will also post on this blog a sugar-free sweet treat every day for the next 5 days.

Yay! Wish me luck 🙂

Silence Serves

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I got sick, and lost my voice-COMPLETELY.  A whole day of no talking, and about 5 days now with a hoarse voice.

The universe has spoken and it has said: Shut Up.

I’VE BEEN SILENCED! What the heck. Soooo interesting.  A whole new experience of life. I spent an afternoon with my mother, who I don’t see often.  I was completely silent.  I listened.  I paid very close attention.  We drank tea on the porch.  I smiled and nodded.  I followed her in the garden.  I used signs/gestures when needed. (I have a whole new appreciation for Charades! Why wait for game night?) IMG_6863 I then went to a gathering of friends-some of whom I rarely see, most of whom I went to high school with.  And I was the quiet one. AND the sober one. This is an entirely new way to experience a group of friends.  I listened and watched closely.  I noticed that in the beginning, there wasn’t much I wanted to say anyway- which is a pattern I’ve realized about myself- and had been ‘struggling’ with.  Losing voice gave me an ‘okay’ to be that person. I found a new peace with being the quiet person.  I also noticed tension when I wasn’t able to validate what someone was saying (Ya, totally, MmHmm,).  Apparently this is very important to me.

And most of all, during all this watching, paying attention, holding back…. I noticed a flood of good sensation deep in my chest.  Pure love pouring in and out.  Love and appreciation for my mother, for my friends.  I saw them as the most precious beings on the planet.  Doing their part.  Playing their roles.  Expressing all their little unique quirks and ways of being.  Perfect the way they are.  Filled with gratitude to know them and spend time with them.   IMG_6920 With my friends I also gained insight into the way I show up in a group.  I noticed where I still held tension and anxiety. I noticed the patterns of self-talk going on in my head.  I identified patterns that no longer serve me, that I can let go of.  And I identified aspects of myself I really love, and want to nourish more!IMG_6926 This is the spiritual practice.  To notice, and then to keep flowing, and to flow from love and with love.  I allow the little blips (oops, that was awkward/unneeded, Oh well, keep going) and to keep flowing, accepting each moment, allowing it to come and go, so I can be completely open and ready for the next moment.  And when I can, I feel so much love, and experience more creativity in the way I show up, and more appreciation for others and how they show up.
Silence helped me see this.
Unfortunately I got sick and lost my voice.
Fortunately this silence brought me closer to myself and the world.

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Life only needs a crack to thrive.

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