I have tried. I have tried my whole life to be healthy. I did so in many different ways, I’ve been vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, cleansed, fasted, caffeine-free, sugar-free and the list goes on. Every time someone else told me what to eat and that it was healthy, I did. This worked for a while, as it is exciting to read the new studies, discover the new vegan cheese and go on the latest cleanse. Fun until I realized that most of what I consumed was because someone else told me it was good for me. I discover as I get to know myself a little deeper, that I am the authority.
I am the only one who can be honest with myself about what I am eating is making me feel. I am the one to monitor my intake, realize I’ve been eating too much cheese etc, and decide what I will eat. I don’t think there is anything more empowering to know that you have a choice and I am sooooo grateful for this.
As we all know there are many people out there that don’t. With that being said, I will never complain or regret all the things that I have tried. What I will do is just continue to learn, continue to explore and continue to be completely honest with myself. What I won’t do, is ever close myself off to possibility, new insights, and a continuos chance to be united with the food on my plate, no matter if someone else tells me it’s unhealthy or not.
Isn’t this the link that we all might be missing in our daily lives? When you sit, enjoy and above all else honor what you eat, isn’t that enough to you? Does it have to be the latest trend? For me it just has to taste good, be made from scratch is pretty important, and I have to be excited about it. I realize that all of this is a lot to take in and I myself still contemplate, and develop my ideas around food.
What I do know is that it is so easy to get wrapped up in all things petty ( where it came from, how many calories, etc) when instead we can take a look at how petty we truly can be about our food. Sometimes dishes are better left without tainting it with worry and doubt, will it turn out ok, is it healthy enough, what will people think, etc and just loving, honoring and appreciating where we are at with our plates.
In honor of this food for thought, here is a delicious, simple recipe for cookies. Is it healthy? Well, thats for you to decide and if not, I think it will depend on who you ask.
Recipe for simple chocolate chip cookies…
Pre heat oven 350
Yields 2 dozen cookies
2 cups spelt flour
1/4 cup rice flour
12 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
In bowl combine wet ingredients together and mix till smooth. In separate bowl combine dry ingredients and mix till thoroughly combined. Combine both wet and dry ingredients and mix till smooth. Scoop out tablespoon sized dollops of cookie dough onto a well greased pan. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes till center is cooked through.
Eat enjoy and bon appetite!