This evening, I had the honour of speaking to a group of incredible women in Listowel, Ontario and share a bit of insight into how our relationship with food directly reflects our relationship with life. The theme for the evening was all about the talents that we all have within us, which we must share with others in this life in order to change the world and make it a more positive place. It was a magical evening and I’m so glad to have been a part of it.
We explored the spiritual element of our food choices and how to deal with the struggle that many women (over half of us!) have with emotional eating. I also offered some practical tips and strategies for eating well, in an instinctual way with the seasons, on an everyday basis.
If you are looking to move towards a more conscious way of eating, away from compulsion – don’t forget to sign up to the Gratitude Food mailing list to receive access to Seasonal Cleanse Guides. When you sign up to receive email updates, you will also be the first to know about an online course I will be offering in 2015, which will go deep into the topic of emotional eating and the spiritual side of our relationship with food. Very exciting stuff to get us to a healthier place, physically, mentally, spiritually.
Remember, the journey of finding a healthy relationship with food is actually a journey of finding a healthy relationship with yourself.
The following are the two recipes that I demonstrated for the group this evening – now you can all try them out at home, enjoy!
Raw Hot Coco-late
2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 tbsp. hemp seeds
1 tbsp. raw honey
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
pinch sea salt
1 1/2-2 cups hot or warm water
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy in your favourite mug!
Makes 2 servings.
Nut Butter Balls
1 cup natural, unsweetened nut/seed butter
(peanut, cashew, almond, sunflower, tahini, etc.)
1/3-1/2 cup maple syrup (raw honey or coconut nectar also work well)
1 1/2 cups oat bran (gluten free if available)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup chopped, dried apricots
(or other dried fruit – cherries, cranberries, raisins, etc.)
1/4 cup raw cacao nibs, or dark chocolate chips, carob chips
In a food processor or using a wooden spoon and bowl, combine nut butter and sweetener. Add the oat bran, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate and blend/stir until you have a stiff, dough-like consistency. Roll into golf-ball sized balls, then roll in coconut and chill for 1 hour.
Store in fridge in sealed container for up to two weeks, or in freezer for a few months.
Makes about 32 balls.
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