Shift Your Perception of Perfection! Smile Big & Often :D

* * *    “I want to keep trying, but I’m tired of starting over AGAIN, just to fail AGAIN 😦 !”  * * * 

If you are not continuously falling down on your path, it is because you you are not moving forward!

Everyone that you look up to, not only in the health and fitness industry, but in EVERY facet of life, has gotten to where they are ONLY because they never tired of starting over again!

Life is hard. It is about frustration and sadness as much as it is about happiness. Most of us fall into the trap of believing that to achieve our goals and to reach success means that we will experience little to no negative feelings; that everything will be perfect once we are perfect.

We will NEVER be perfect!

The knowledge that we are always going to face trial and error can be a slightly tough pill to swallow, but by accepting this you are actually paving a much smoother road ahead.

The ability to laugh it off and get back on the horse is the most invaluable trait you can possess throughout your journey to health and wellness. Trust me.

* * *    So – how do I start?   * * * 

Step #1: Shift your perception of perfection

Let’s do some visualization for a moment. Close your eyes and envision your success. You have achieved all that you are working so hard for right now; everything is now your ideal perfection. Weight, relationships, career, confidence – everything.

You might have done this many times before. What would be different about your past visions if success meant/included some of the smaller failures that have frustrated and even completely derailed you in times of perceived ‘weakness’?

As you will see, adjusting  your perception of perfection to allow for these little stumbles and slips actually doesn’t look like a vision too far from your current reality – at least not in comparison with the nearly unachievable image you might have previously pictured.

Step #2: Smile often!

I would not advise you to hold back tears in a moment of stress, but I defiantly advise that you smile BIG and often, especially in times when you feel you have failed yourself. It’s ok to feel sadness, and even compassion for yourself, but a hugely proactive practice for you to adopt can be to learn how to laugh at yourself.

All in good humor of course – never be demeaning of yourself! Having a sense of humor about a mild situation can be a much healthier approach than self degradation, which will NOT bring you to success any faster ( and is possibly the biggest thing standing between you and your goals ).

That’s it – two simple steps!

With practice you can shift your understanding of perfection, and by doing so you are not only speeding up the process by making goals that are attainable, but you are creating a more joyful and fulfilling experience all around.

And of course, laughter is always beneficial for the soul 🙂

‘I Eat Kale’ Starring Nevaeh Lee

Getting kids to eat their veggies can be a difficult task,
however with a positive outlook, I promise that it CAN be done!

The trick is to change their perception of vegetables from “Yuck but Mom says I have to”, to “Wow we always have fun when the veggies are out!”

It helps to make every “green experience” they have be all about fun and games. Always keep up a positive attitude about it, respect that there are certain tastes they will need to grow into, and of course the age-old, “You will grow big and strong” truth never hurts 😀

Lastly, don’t forget the most important piece to raising veggie lovin/toleratin kids – take the pressure off yourself by removing any expectations! It’s OK if your kids don’t like kale right out of the gate, the important thing is that you are introducing them to it!

Lead by example and you can never go wrong! Keep up the good work Moms and Dads XO

Peaceful Zucchini Pasta Made Simple

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Something I’m crazy for – raw Zucchini Pasta!

Ah this is so delicious, refreshing, and gentle on your system. I like to actually start my day off with Zucchini Pasta because it leaves me feeling energized, fresh but not weighed down as I would after eating grains. 

Because I don’t have a pasta maker, I’ll show you how I make my pasta with one simple-to-use tool that everyone has in their kitchen – a peeler! 

I took one huge zucchini from our garden and peeled of the outer skin, cut it into fourths, and from there stripped it down into noodles. This whole process takes me about 10 minutes, no sweat. 

To keep the recipe 95% raw, I blended the following for the pasta sauce:

* 2 large tomatoes

* 1/2 cup chopped zucchini

* oregano from my herb garden

* lemon leaf from my herb garden

* 3 tbs raw apple cider vinegar 

* 1/2 cup black lentils

* pinch of cilantro

* pinch of parsley

* 1 squeeze of lemon juice

I poured the sauce over the pasta and tossed together, along with some sliced baby tomatoes for an extra blast of flavor 🙂 

Cheese eaters out there can enjoy your favorite gourmet cheese sprinkled over the top as well!

Enjoy your peaceful pasta everybody!

 

Raw Lovers Burrito ~

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Oh MY GOODNESS! I am addicted to various renditions of this burrito recipe! Wrapping with collard greens is a delicious way to stay raw and still get your mexican kick in 🙂

Here is my favorite version –

#1) On your cutting board lay out the largest fresh collard green your can get your hands on 😀

#2) In a bowl mash up 1 extra avocado and mix in 2 – 3 tbs raw apple cider vinegar ( Braggs ).  Spread the resulting guacamole on your collard leaf to create the base of our burrito.

#3) Add the following to you collard, sliced and diced as desired:

* cilantro

* parsley

* fresh sprouts

* tomatoes

* bell peppers

* ( optional ) 1 diced avocado

* ( optional for high protein wrap ) lentils, hummus, quinoa as pictured here, or ALL three together!

#4) Wrap it all up just like a burrito! With a very sharp knife, slice down the middle, plate, serve, and enjoy the very satisfying and filling goodness that is the healthiest burrito on the planet!

Enjoy this deliciousness raw lovers!

Vegan Coconut Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites ~

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On a mission for health but find yourself missing cookie dough? These super simple low glycemic yummies are as quick to make as they are delicious!

This dish is unique in that it can be a perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner, pre/post-workout, AND dessert as it is high in protein and easily assimilated vitamins and nutrients! Oh yeah, we’re all about versatility and simplicity when it comes to making fit-foods on the fly!

Vegan Coconut Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites ~

* 1/4 cup chickpeas – strained and patted dry between two paper towels

* 2 tsp vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup & 2tbs natural style peanut butter or butter of your choice

* 1/4 cup raw coconut nectar ( coconut secret )

* 1 tsp baking powder

* 1/2 cup unsweetened  shredded coconut

* 2 tbs unrefined coconut palm sugar or coconut sugar

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#)1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees

#2) Grease baking sheet with unrefined coconut oil

#3) Put all ingredients in blender/food processor together and process

#4) With a spoon dollop on cookie sheet, about 1″ – 1 1/2″ thick depending on desired firmness

#5) Bake 10 minutes

#6) Remove and cool as desired – the longer they cool the firmer they will become

I hope you enjoy as much as the kids and I do!

If you aren’t coconut crazy like us, you can easily replace the shredded coconut with raw cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, or carob 😀

YUM yum! Peaceful eating all 🙂