Being More Mindful and Pecan Paleonola (yum!)

Being More Mindful and Pecan Paleonola (yum!)

Sorry I have been a little mia, I have just had a rough week. Which is not typical for me. I am usually super positive because I have a pretty awesome life. 

I absolutely love my job, but because I love it so much I want to always be amazing, Which quite honestly it just not possible. There is not such thing as a perfect teacher, or person for that matter. Our best is really good enough. But sometimes it just doesn't feel that way. One of my classes is a major challenge, and they were rough this week. The things they do don't even make sense and it has been stressing me out. Majorly. 

So I have been kind of running around in a stressed out fog. Shoving in my lunch in at my desk so I can get back to work. Coming home and snacking mindlessly to de-stress. Not really focusing on the rest of my life. And its not like I am eating chips and brownies. Its more like rx bars and seaweed, but still. Mindless eating is mindless eating no matter what you are eating.  It is 100% possible to eat too much healthy food. Especially when you are not focusing on what you are eating. Just shoving food in. At home I have been eating while reading, or listening to a podcast, anything to not let my brain whir away. So I have basically been trying to shut my inner voice up. Which has left me feeling like total shit. Stressed and hating myself. Not the best combo. 

I purchased and read Robyn Youkilis's new book Thin from within, and what it really focuses on mindfully eating and listening to your body. The exact opposite from what I have been doing. 

I am trying to just breathe before eating to get my system into a rest and digest state, and then I am eating with no distractions. Aka just me and the food so I can actually focus on what I am eating and how I am feeling. I am also chewing my food. Like really chewing it. I haven't finished a plate of food once, just goes to show that I have clearly been over eating and not paying attention to my food or how my body feels. Which is a little sad. I have also not snacked. So I clearly have some work to do. There are three months of school left and there is no way I want to live those three months in a stress induced fog. Just eating my way through. That does not sound good. Sounds like I will end up miserable. Which is 100% not what I want, I am so lucky to have everything I have and I want to remember that. 

I know I work hard and I know I am stressed because I want to be the best teacher possible. But I also need to remind myself that its not personal and that I just have really challenging special education students. Which is all part of the deal. I just need to breathe through class and know that my best is enough, and really celebrate the good days. 

I basically spent this whole long weekend cleaning, de-cluttering and organizing the house, which will also hopefully help remove some of that stress, because it will be easier to keep my house in tip top shape. I strongly feel like decluttering my home will help declutter my brain. On top of that I breakfast prepped for the week. Sometimes I feel far to lazy to make breakfast in the morning and end up eating the most random shit. Now I have perfect meals ready to go. What I prepped are power parfaits from Robyn's book. They are actually the best. I know its not a standard eggs and veggies paleo breakfast, but this is what's working for me at the moment. To go with my power parfaits I wanted to make my own paloenola that was super low sugar but also delicious. 

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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tblsp chia seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced tiger nuts or almonds 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup 
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
  2. Put the pecans and flax in a food processor or vitamix and blend until ground, but not a flour consistency (stop before than) - it should be crumbly like oatmeal 
  3. Pour this into a bowl and add the rest of the dry ingredients, mix until well combine
  4.  Slowly pour the melted coconut oil over the mix
  5. Mix thoroughly and then add the maple syrup and mix again
  6. The whole mix should be slightly wet
  7. Spread out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper
  8. Bake at 250 for 30 - 35 mins, stir and rotate the baking sheet every 10 mins 
  9. Leave out for 30 mins to an hour to dry and cool
  10. Store in mason jars or some other air tight containers 

Enjoy!! Makes a great topping for a smoothie bowl, or power parfait. Or honestly just a little snack. 

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