Plastic is a wonder material. It is lightweight, versatile, and cheap. It is also highly toxic.
When the dangers of the plastic compound BPA (bisphenol A) were exposed, manufactures found similar, equally destructive compounds to replace it. To reduce these endocrine disrupting chemicals and other toxins, it is best to reduce the use of all plastics as much as possible.
If there is one thing I have learned after years of avoiding gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and processed oils, it's that you really don't need any of those things to make something delicious.
I adapted this recipe from the Gluten Free Palate to include more veggies, protein, and gooey chocolatey goodness.
Over the past few weeks I have made several batches and I discovered that you cannot mess this recipe up. I have added protein powder and left it out. I used a small zucchini and then a large one. I got distracted and left the loaf in the oven about 10 minutes too long. And even though I suppose there were slight differences between the batches, they each received their own rave...
How to apply this list without overwhelm: Start by choosing just one or two suggestions to follow today and going forward. After you have made it a routine part of your life, choose the next suggestion to apply.
Focus on your strengths
No one is good at everything. There are brilliant minds who struggle with relationships. There are talented artists who cannot balance their checkbooks. We forgive our heroes for their shortcomings and so should forgive ourselves all the more.
Make it easy: Jot down a list of your strengths, from the abstract (“I’m a good listener”) to the tangible (“I make the best meatloaf”). Then, put energy into those things every day. You’ll get a confidence boost and those around you will benefit from you encouraging your best self.
Set realistic goals
Goal setting is very personal. Some have goals to get into law school while others have goals of putting on...
Yoga is having its time, and for good reason. This ancient practice of aligning mind and body helps foster focus, creativity, calm, strength, flexibility, awareness, and overall health.
A growing body of research strongly suggests that yoga improves the following for kids:
Yoga increases proprioception for kids and adults. Proprioception is your awareness of where your body is in space. A strong sense of proprioception is important in athletic activities, playing musical instruments, writing, etc. It also plays a large role in a child’s focus, speech, alertness, and self-regulation.
In adolescence, the mind and body develop at a rapid pace. When kids practice yoga during this developmentally pivotal time, it encourages an even deeper mind and body connection.
When the weather gets warmer, I find myself trading my usual breakfast of eggs and avocado for a beefed-up smoothie.
I love “smoothie season” for so many reasons:
Protein: This power macronutrient is made up of amino acids which are the building blocks for muscle, skin, bones, and blood. The average American consumes enough protein at dinner but gets very little in the morning, when it is arguably more useful. This is because protein intake is a precursor to the production of dopamine and...
Warm. Rich. Creamy. CHOCOLATY GOODNESS IN A CUP.
Who doesn’t love hot cocoa?
If you’re following a dairy or sugar free lifestyle though, you may have thought this indulgence was lost to you forever.
What’s even better? This recipe is as simple as opening up a packet of Swiss Miss. No crazy substitutions or chemistry experiments to make it taste like the real deal.
Of course you can get fancy if you wanted to. Add a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, a dash or two of cinnamon and nutmeg or even a dollop of coconut whipped cream (betchya thought you couldn't have whipped cream anymore either!)
So! Light a fire, turn on a Hallmark Christmas movie and sip on this delicious hot chocolate.