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Self-Care Is Eating Homemade Chocolate

 

We are creatures of habit! Like it or not, our whole life can pretty much be summed up by the state of our car, our kitchen and even our underwear drawer. Here is why...

 

"How you do anything, is how you do everything!"

- T. Harv Eker

 

The voice in your head may sound like....

 

"I live a very busy life which is why my car is a "bit messy" because I'm constantly on the go and I have no time and... and... and... BUT the rest of my life is completely organized and I'm on top of everything and everything else in my life is tidy."

 

Not exactly! See the truth is your car is probably "a bit messy" and so is your kitchen and your underwear drawer, because honestly who has time to fold their underwear, right?! 

 

First and foremost embrace your crazy. You are busy and you are working your butt off for you and your family and it's allllll good, so stop apologizing for your messy life and let's enjoy some delicious nutritious homemade chocolate together (check it out below) and look at how self-care, like the maintenance on your car, is the house keeper for your mind and body. 

 

 

1. Your Gas Tank Is Empty

 

Understand your ability to handle whats coming your way is in direct proportion to the amount of self-care you are pouring into yourself. 

 

The number one thing you are likely forgetting to do is fuel up on gas or your putting the cheapest fuel you can find and throwin' it on in there to keep ya going. Let me just tell you, YOU are a premium car, you need the finest damn gas out their to run that engine of yours, no wonder your engine just stopped moving one day. You have been letting it run empty and when you do fill up you are putting what ever is fast, cheap and easy into your tank.

 

While your body is not a car, the two are very much the same and when lacking proper nourishment and fuel, brain fog, fatigue and anxiety make handling every day situations feel like a huge mountain to climb. Invest in some good quality fuel in the form of good quality foods so that your brain has the proper nutrients to think clearly and keep organized. 

 

BRAIN FOODS: Omegas (including fish, ground flax seeds, walnuts, chia seeds), healthy fats (avocados, nuts, seeds, olives) and dark CHOCOLATE (raw cacao, sorry no milk chocolate), improving focus, memory and energy.

 

 

2. Your Oil Change Is Over Due

 

So you get your oil changed and your mechanic says, see you in 3 months or 5,000 kms. You think to yourself, I'll be good this time, I'll come back for my regular maintenance and the next thing you know its 8 months later and your car is making a funny noise. You bring it into the mechanic and now there is more work to do, if only you had done your regular maintenance, you wouldn't be looking at a hefty repair bill. 

 

Keeping things fluid and fresh is essential to a clear mind. If you can imagine dirty oil running through your car, it is easy to imagine the damage that can be done. Destructive, negative thoughts act much like the debris in our oil preventing us from seeing a clear passage to a solution based attitude. So remember, oil changes and self-care are not optional, they are mandatory so your engine doesn't need replacing. 

 

SOUL FOODS: Mediation, exercise, colouring, dancing, listening to music, journaling, free time, a bath, a flower, a walk in the woods and yoga are all forms of food to feed your mind and soul. De-clutter the inside so that, clarity and organization will reflect on the outside in the form of your car, kitchen and well, I still don't think you should have to fold your underwear. 

 

 

The truth of the matter is we simply cannot thrive without consistent and regular self-care and that includes eating some chocolate when you want to eat some damn chocolate. It is truly an act of self-love to invest your precious time in keeping yourself balanced every damn day, not once you have broken down. By doing this on a regular basis you will think and see more clearly, you will manage your time better and instead of rushing to your next destination you will be grounded and present enough to keep on top of the "messy". This is your general maintenance and the life line of your body. 

 

 

Homemade Chocolate Bars

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup shredded cacao butter

  • 3/4 cup cacao powder

  • 4-5 tbsp. maple syrup 

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • Pinch of sea salt 

Toppings (optional):

  • Cacao nibs 

  • Crushed almonds

  • Goji berries

  • Shredded coconut

 

Method: 

  1. Line a baking tray or muffin tin with parchment paper or muffin liners, set aside.

  2. Begin by melting cacao butter in a pot on medium to low heat. We want to be sure we do not burn it so just keep an eye and nose on it. 

  3. Whisk in cacao powder. Once combined stir in maple syrup and turn off heat. 

  4. Add in vanilla extract and pinch of sea salt. Remove from heat.

  5. Begin pouring into your tray of choice. Top your chocolate with toppings of choice and place in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes.

 

Tip: Best stored in freezer for a quick and easy snack. 

 

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