Cookies and Wisdom

2 Jun

Workouts:
Thursday-Rest (no workout)
Friday-Walk
Saturday-Run (Treadmill)

I took an unplanned rest day on Thursday. My body told me to, so I listened. Yesterday, I went for a walk with a friend. I wouldn’t classify it as a workout at all, just good girlfriend quality time. Today I ran on the treadmill. Do you like to listen to music when your running? It’s a must for me. I put the t.v. on closed caption and watch to pass the time. What do I watch? Frasier. I have a billion of them on my DVR. Shut up. It makes me happy.

I made some delicious chocolate chip cookies last night. They’re called clean eating chocolate chip cookies. I got the recipe from one of my favorite sites for clean eating ideas and recipes. They are super easy to make and you aren’t putting any junk in them (which is why they are called it CLEAN). No bleached flour, butter, eggs, or sugars. Just good stuff, that’s good for you!

Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Tools
Food processor
Large mixing bowl
Spatula

Ingredients
2/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup cooked oatmeal
3 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips (or dairy free chips)

Note: If you don’t want to use the chocolate chips, they could be very easily substituted with raisins, nuts or dried fruits of any kind.

Directions

Step 1 – Mix everything except the chocolate chips in the food processor. You should have a nice wet, sticky dough when you’re done.

Step 2 – Using your spatula, scrape dough into your mixing bowl and mix in chocolate chips.

Step 3 – Spoon onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Step 4 – Bake for 20 minutes.

have made alot of changes this past month with food. I have learned so much, so I am trying to apply it to my daily life. I have not had any meat in over a month, very small amounts of dairy if any, still no pop in over a year, and no coffee for almost two months. I have nothing against eating meat, I grew up on a farm I know how it goes. I just feel so much better not eating it. If I don’t like something, I won’t do it. Simple. We’ve grilled a couple of times in the past couple weeks and I have been eating veggie burgers with veggie cheese. I can’t tell the difference. I think they are delicious. And I don’t feel guilty or cruddy when I’m done eating. It has not been a challenge at all for me. I don’t crave it. I just don’t want it. This wasn’t planned, it just happened! Believe me, there are plenty of other ways to get my protein, which I do. It’s all good!

I keep going back to this, but it seems like it is something that people don’t want to face. You are what you eat. Period. So many people complain about the way they feel, look, etc. I wish they would just realize that if they tweaked their diets a bit and stuck to a workout routine, they would feel so much better. I know, there are alot of medical conditions that have nothing to do with this and sadly cannot be fixed without medicine, but there are alot of things that can be.

Staying active and eating right will certainly change your life. It has changed mine. When I had my son two years ago, I was 80 pounds heavier than I am today. 80 pounds! I didn’t take some magic pill or drink a magic juice. I worked my ass off, changed what I ate, and changed the way I look at food. My back doesn’t hurt anymore, my feet don’t hurt, I don’t have heartburn, I can sleep at night, I rarely have headaches, I rarely get sick…I could go on and on!

Educate yourself, ask for help, do whatever it takes. We only get one shot at life, why not make it great?

You know I’m here to help. All you have to do is reach out and ask 🙂

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