Body Talk & Chocolate-Mint Bliss Bites

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Hi everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day/Week to you all! I love and honor you and I hope you are doing the same for yourself!
Four years ago, I started making this little holiday a day to celebrate the love for myself. Every day, I focus on loving myself, but this day, four years ago, I stopped smoking cigarettes and I remember telling myself that I was doing it for the love of myself! I was so proud (and I still am)! Each year, I try to do something extra groovy for myself like take a yoga class in a new studio, get a pedicure, go on a date with my hunie, add something healthy into my life, make something extra yummy to share or take my pups somewhere they’ve never been before.This week, I seem to be applying to Graduate school for the love of myself! Weeee! What will you do to show the love?
Another way I show the love for myself daily, is by taking care of my body and maintaining a positive inner dialogue. This leads me into a conversation about the body. I used to be so wrapped up in what people thought about me based on my body and appearance. I was so consumed with these thoughts that they did nothing but paralyze me and cause pain. No matter what I did, I wasn’t good enough and someone was always better than me. I beat myself up with my thoughts because I was stuck in the fear-based ego-state-of-mind and I put my body through the worst things because of it. I would not eat all day long, exercise on top of it, and then eat too much at night. I would over exercise and if I missed a day, I would beat myself up even more. If I did not feel skinny enough or pretty enough, I would not let myself go out in public. I would eat unhealthy things to cope with the feelings and thoughts that were constantly running through my head. I was so self-absorbed and full of fear that I could not truly enjoy the beautiful life that was happening before my eyes. Thankfully, I hit a bottom.
My first step was to recognize and admit that my unhappiness with my body was directly connected to my unloving thoughts about it. I recognized that I was not going to get anywhere healthy if I kept talking to myself in such an awful manner. So, I cut the crap, forgave myself and became my biggest fan. On days that I didn’t like my thighs, I picked out a part that of myself that I did like and I focused on that… All day long, if I had to. Most importantly, I realized that I am not a body; I am a beautiful soul that shines bright, comes from a natural state of love, is granted all the happiness I could possible wish for and any thoughts that do not stem from love are not real. This body is a vessel for me to navigate through this world that I am in.
My second step was to change my internal dialogue by inviting Spirit/God/the Universe in to support me and my thoughts. It was clear that I needed help with this because I had tried and failed too many times on my own. For every unsupportive or unloving thought that popped into my head, I would notice it and invite Spirit in to help reinterpret the conversation or clear away the thoughts. By clearing away the thoughts, I began to create space for love and a groovy new internal dialogue began to manifest itself.
Step three, I started to implement new healthy habits by making little commitments. Thoughts and behaviors go hand-in-hand. When I am thinking in an undeserving way, then I am most likely going to have behaviors that go along with it. Where thoughts go, energy goes. When I had a self-destructive mindset, my behaviors followed suit; I would either deprive myself of food at meal times, overwork my body or fill my body with foods that were not the healthiest choices. Once I became a witness to those negative thoughts, called them out and invited Spirit in, I could then add the healthy behaviors in my life. I started doing things to let my inner glow shine bright! Not only that, I attracted healthy things, as well; Yoga came into my life, healthy people came into my life, I evolved into a vegan and gluten free eater, I knocked off the unsupportive eating habits and behaviors (like smoking!), I started teaching and sharing health tips with others…It was magical and magnetic, and it continues to be! And, whatever weight that I was trying to lose or look I was trying to achieve started to appear. I find that when I align myself spiritually, the weight drops off and everything falls into place. Most of the time in life, I find that all I need to do is forgive myself, shift my thinking into a more loving space and stay connected to the Universe because it always has my back.

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So, along with loving yourself, incorporating healthy behaviors to shine bright and treating yourself during this week of Valentine’s Day, I have a treat for you!

Vegan and gluten free…

Chocolate Mint Bliss Bites

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You will need:
-1 cup of pecans
-1/4 to 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
-2 teaspoons of flax seed
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-1 teaspoon (maybe a little more) peppermint oil
-4-5 medjool dates, pitted (but you can get away without them)
-about 1/2 package of vegan chocolate chips

To prepare:
In a food processor or high speed blender, blend the pecans, first. Then add flax, coconut, peppermint, maple syrup, and dates (optional) and blend together completely. Line a plate with parchment paper. Make balls out of your pecan mixture and press them down a little to flatten like a cookie. Place in the fridge to stiffen up while the chocolate is melted. In a pan, slowly head up a half of a package of chocolate chips. If you turn the temp up any higher, you will burn them. Stir the ch chips whole they melt. When chocolate is almost completely melted, take out the cookies in the fridge and begin to frost them with the chocolate. I found it easiest to dip the one side of the cookie in chocolate, set it on the parchment paper plate chocolate-side down, and the spread frosting on the rest of the cookie with a knife/spoon. The idea is to get the whole cookie covered in chocolate… So, however creative you can get! Then, when all the cookies are lathered in chocolate, stick the plate back in the fridge to let the chocolate harden completely, 30 minutes or so. Then, transfer cookies to a container to store in. Share and enjoy!
Love & Light,
Amanda

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Make every day a holiday!

‘Tis the season to get groovy! And I have been raisin’ my vibration and dancing all over my house this morning! Nothing gets me going like Madonna, some funky dance moves, and singing along to every word like I’m right there on stage with her! I put on The Immaculate Collection and I was off…in the bathroom, on my computer chair, while I made my avocado toast…Music has this way with me! It’s a high that I never want to come down from! If you would have witnessed the amount of energy that was bouncing around my house this morning, you would have thought it was a holiday or something. Which brings me to my next thought… Why can’t I live each day like it is a holiday?! Holiday means “a day of festivity or recreation,” which to me, sounds like what I try to make every day in some way or another! Even on the days when fear moves in or the light inside of me feels dim, there is always a moment or moments when I am able to shift into my stellar space once again! And the best part about it all, you ask? Well, when I am in this incredible space of bliss and I connect with you, both of our vibrations are raised together and we put that energy out into the world, ultimately spreading the love! In other words, your happiness has a domino effect that is truly magnificet! So, in Madonna’s words, “Let love shine” and create your own holiday! Fa la la la la la la la Ommmm!

As a part of the celebration of today, I have some simple & yummy plant-based & gluten-free recipes.

The first one is such a staple for me when I need a meal quick and healthy! I posted a couple different pics because this is a meal that can be changed around and served in all different ways!

Quinoa Pasta with Raw Zucchini Noodles and Green Veggies!

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You will need:
Gluten free/vegan noodles of your choice
1 zucchini
1 cup of broccoli
1 cup of kale
Pink Himalayan sea salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Olive oil, to taste

Or any other green veggie or colorful veggie you can think of!! 🙂

To prepare:
Boil your pasta accordingly.
Peel the skin off of your zucchini and then with the peeler start peeling into the zucchini making your “noodles.” Peel around and around the zucchini until you cannot anymore.
Wash and cut up your broccoli, kale, or any other veggies you want to add in. When your noodles are done, add everything together in a bowl and lightly toss with olive oil and sprinkle your salt and pepper to your liking! Enjoy! 🙂

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My next little treat I have for you is my plant-based and gluten-free…

Macademia Cauliflower Rice with Kale

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You will need:
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 cup of macademia nuts
1 cup (or more?) of kale
Pink himalayan sea salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 clove of garlic, minced

To prepare:
In a pan, with a little olive oil or coconut oil, simmer your minced garlic clove till translucent. In a food processor, chop up your cauliflower until it forms into little pieces and looks like rice. Pour the cauliflower into the pan with the oil and garlic and simmer on low-medium heat for about 4 minutes or so. Add in your chopped up kale and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve it up! Your belly and body will thank you!

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Light & Love,
Amanda