“‘Getting ahead of yourself’…can suck it!

If you haven’t yet heard of Danielle La Porte, the author of the above quote, I highly recommend you check her out immediately.  She is the author of The Desire Map and one of my favorite bloggers.  I anticipate, open, and immediately read the emails of only 4 bloggers and she is one. Check her out!

But, not yet!  First finish reading MY blog. 

I see people stopping themselves before they’ve started all the time.  For fear of doing it “wrong”.  For fear of  looking stupid.  Because they won’t do it perfectly and that scares the living daylights out of them. (all you Type A people, I’m looking at you)  Why?  What for?  Who cares?  My motto – go big. Scream out those seemingly crazy, impossible goals and start before you’re ready because all that “getting ready” is just a bullshit excuse to not do it.  Get ahead of yourself.

Why not do the exact opposite?  Throw yourself headfirst into that dream goal and see what happens.  Charge into that dance class you’ve wanted to take and tear it up.  Enroll yourself in a class to get started on that career change you’ve been dreaming about and get your study on.  Cut your hair and dye it purple.  Run a marathon.  Hike the Grand Canyon.  Drink a green smoothie every day starting TODAY. No matter how small or big it is, just do it. Get ahead of yourself.

I have a joy-goal for myself that I have only told a few  people but I am going to state it right here, right now.  And this is scary for me, but I need to walk the walk, right?  This year my goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  Typing that sentence made me feel a little nauseous, because I, too, have that nasty inner voice whispering “you’re not ready, you’re not fast enough yet, you can’t do it this year”.  You know what? Screw that. So now it’s out in the world and you will all know if I succeed or fail at my goal.  AAAAAHHHHH.  But, who cares?   Really.  Who cares?  It’s qualifying for a race.  If I do it, awesome.  If I don’t, you better believe I will next year.

Getting ahead of yourself can suck it.

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This week’s recipe is from the blogger Oh She Glows.  Another one that I open and read immediately.  These are nut-free, vegan dream cups and should be called sex in a cup.  Seriously.  Make these immediately.

3-Layer Nut-Free Dream Cups

Ingredients:

For the base layer:

  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut butter

For the middle layer:

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, softened
  • pinch fine sea salt

For the top layer:

  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2 – 3 tablespoons unsweetened large flake coconut
  1. To make coconut butter, process 3-4 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut in a food processor until it is smooth and liquid.  This will take about 7 minutes.  Make sure the coconut you are using is fresh or it won’t turn into butter.  Leftover butter can be kept in the refrigerator for a month.
  2. Spoon a scant teaspoon of melted coconut butter int a mini silicon cupcake mold (or a metal cupcake mold with liners) and spread out evenly.  Place in the freezer.
  3. Prepare the middle layer: In a small bowl, stir together the sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, oil, and salt until smooth.  Add a scant tablespoon of filling to each cup. Smooth out and place in the freezer.
  4. Prepare the top layer: Add the coconut oil into a small saucepan and melt over low heat.  Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt until smooth.
  5. Add a tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each cup.  Top with a teaspoon of large flake coconut and gently press down.
  6. Freeze for about 25 minutes until solid.  Allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before enjoying.  Store leftovers in the fridge, or for longer storage, the freezer.

Nicole’s Notes:

  • This recipe only makes 8 cups and you will DEFINITELY want more.  So double or triple it!

Questions? Thoughts? I’d love to hear from you!

Eat well.

Please don’t use the “c” word or the “d” word around me!

That’s it. I’ve had it. If one more company uses the words “cleanse” or “detox” for one more product, I will lose it. Lose it! Because, guys, it’s ALL MARKETING. Which is another way of saying, it’s all bullshit. It’s just like the milk = strong bones correlation. Which is totally, factually, 100% incorrect yet is now indelibly imprinted into every American’s brain. The marketing geniuses have struck again and created the detox-cleanse myth. And now every product and program out there wants you to believe you NEED one because your body is so vile and dirty and filled with toxins.

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It’s a scam.

Stop. Stop, exhale, and read these next words very carefully:

Our bodies have an amazing detoxification system built into them. It is called our kidneys, our liver, our skin, and our lungs. Boom.

The reason this gets me so upset is the whole cleasining/detoxing industry succeeds by preying on people’s insecurities. Are you feeling fat? Detox! Have you been drinking too much alcohol? Cleanse!

And they further enable the “magic pill” wishful thinking that the entire diet industry lives and breathes by which boils down to this: it doesn’t matter how crappy I eat most of the time, I’ll just do a cleanse for 7 days (or take this new supplement or try this new diet, or, or, or) and all will be forgiven.

No! It does not work that way. That only results in damaging your metabolism and ensuring you will put any weight you’ve lost back on immediately. And probably a couple of extra pounds.

Here is the scientific, factual truth:

Toxins don’t build up in our body. If they did, we would die or be in need of serious medical intervention.

Are you still with me? Here’s a couple more things to think about:

  • Most cleanses or detoxes say your body is releasing “toxins”. What toxins? What exactly are they talking about? And, if they are “releasing” said toxins, show me a blood panel that proves this. Or a spit test or a poop test. Show me something that backs up what you are claiming! They can’t.
  • If, indeed, your body released toxins, guess where they would go? THROUGH YOUR KIDNEYS AND LIVER THEREBY RESTRESSING THE ORGANS YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DETOXIFYING AND CLEANSING.
  • Most marketing materials link toxin buildup general symptoms like fatigue, headache, insomnia or weight gain. They aren’t idiots. Who hasn’t experienced one or all of these in their lifetime?? However they fail to link specific toxins to specific symptoms or illness because they can’t. There is not one scientific study proving that a detox or cleanse treatment has had any useful medical effect.
  • Peter Pressman, an internist at the naval hospital in Jacksonville, Florida states, “There is absolutely no scientific basis for the assertion that the regimens popularly defined as ‘detox’ will augment the body’s own capacity for identifying and eliminating your own metabolic wastes or doing the same for environmental toxins,” he said. “I advise patients that these detox programs amount to a large quantity of excrement, both literally and figuratively.”

Instead, focus on making real, lasting changes to your diet. Changes that can be sustained for a lifetime. Not just 7 days. And these can be so easy. Drink more water. Eat more vegetables. Exercise more. Cook more food at home. Boom. Cleansed.

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This week’s recipe is from what may quite possibly be my most favorite cookbook ever.  And I have a LOT of cookbooks!  The recipe I chose is a great one for cleaning up your diet and getting more veggies into your day.

Kale Slaw with Creamy Mustard Dressing 
From at home in the whole kitchen

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons raw cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1 small garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ume plum vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt, to tasate
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salad:

  • 5 cups thinly sliced kale (from about 1 medium bunch)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, cut in matchsticks
  • 1 small bulb fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds

MAKE THE DRESSING:

  1. Place cashew butter and water in a small bowl, and mix until smooth. Stir in garlic, vinegars, mustard, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add olive oil, mix again until smooth and creamy, season to taste, and set aside.

MAKE THE SALAD:

  1. Place kale, red cabbage, carrot, fennel, scallions, and sunflower seeds in a large salad bowl; toss to combine. Drizzle with dressing; toss until slaw is evenly coated and serve.

Nicole’s Notes:

  • This salad will last quite a long time in the refrigerator. Make it on Sunday and eat it as your lunch for a couple of days.
  • You can easily add whatever protein you desire: garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, shredded chicken or tuna.

Questions?  Thoughts? I’d love to hear from you!

Eat well.