Sometimes you need to look at how far you have come, and not beat yourself up about where you currently are or where you came from.
I really struggled this week. Mentally I was exhausted and physically I was not feeling great after lots of extra work for our annual staff christmas party. It’s a massive event every year with 2 full days of set up after weeks of planning and designing sets and photo booths etc etc. It’s super fun but also hard on my spine and hands which suffer the worst arthritis symptoms throughout my body.
Eating well helps this. I KNOW I can nourish my body with healthy, nutritious food and that I will feel great after. I know I can treat my body with love by feeding it things that will help my arthritis and fibromyalgia and this my friends, is a powerful weapon. Especially when I’m only 30 yet feeling like I’m at an age where my back goes out more than I do.
I did find some time this week to make my Almond Coconut Protein Balls and a batch of Steph’s Whole Food Muffins.
I tried a few new recipes this week and LOVED them all. My favourite 2 would have been the Chia and Banana Porridge and the Green Eggs
Despite feeling a bit flat, I was determined to stick to my meal plan and I did! I had a lot of fun trying the new recipes and used Steph’s trick of putting positivity post-it notes around (bathroom mirror, work desk and in my car) to help keep me on track this week.
I am thinking about what foods I want to reintroduce as I don’t really eat dairy or gluten very much at all. I may head up to the Flame Tree co op or Coal Coast Organics and grab a sourdough and start with that.
My meal plan for this week was pretty quick but I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes again and keeping the momentum of Week 2 going.
|Almond Coconut Protein Balls
These babies are a staple in my house. I make a batch every week for hubby and I to take to work so we are snacking on wholesome noms and not tempted to reach for processed noms. I don’t ever really measure ingredients as sometimes I don’t have enough of one so I add more of another. I’ve put what I used this time but you can change it up depending on the taste and texture you like. I’ve linked to products I use in the ingredients list.
1-2 cups organic coconut flour
2-3 scoops of vanilla protein
½ cup organic almond meal or LSA
½ cup organic desiccated coconut
2-4 squares chopped coconut mylk dark chocolate
3-4 tablespoons organic coconut oil (melted & slightly cooled)
3 tablespoons rice malt syrup (or natural sweetener alternative)
1/3 -½ cup coconut milk or non dairy milk of choice
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Combine coconut oil and rice malt syrup in separate bowl. Make sure the coconut oil is not too hot or the chocolate will melt. Stir wet mix and milk over dry ingredients until well combined. Roll into balls or add to a brownie tray. If adding to a brownie tray cut mixture after a few hours in the fridge into desired shape. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat!
These taste like cookie dough to me which I love!