As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve recently gone through a very rough time. Happiness and positivity have not been my strong suits and to be honest, I am not sure when they will be again. I take the good moments when I get them, and trudge through the lows as best I can. I don’t have the answers and I don’t know where to find them. I can’t stand the fact that I have zero control over the situation and can’t undo what has happened to me in any way.
But life goes on. And it has, whether I like it or not. And it is not going to stop just for me. On the outside I look like the same person I was last week, last month, no one can tell the difference. The inside of me is a different story.
I started reading a book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. One underlying theme of the book is that happiness is a choice. Surely right now I may not feel like choosing happiness, but something Achor said has resonated with me more and more as I read it. “The most successful people see adversity not as a stumbling block, but as a stepping stone to greatness.” I am quite the sucker for a good quote, and this one certainly fits the bill. This quote reminded me of another I have come across in the past, “Turn your wounds into wisdom and your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.”
We all have stumbling blocks that we encounter in life. Some of these falls come from our own choices and some are completely out of our control. They sting, they bruise and they shake things up in our everyday lives. They are certainly unwanted and uninvited. Once we have fallen upon them, our paths are shifted and we cannot revert back to before we fell. The true power comes from how we pick ourselves up and how we react and respond to these tumbles. After the scrapes and bruises have had time to heal a bit, how we choose to see the situation can make us or break us.
Right now, the fog has not lifted completely so actually finding my stepping stones is a bit shaky. Every day that I pull myself out of bed and put one foot in front of the other, I know that I am on the road to finding this first stone or maybe even just a pebble. Each time that I choose to stop, close my eyes, and breathe, I inch myself still a bit closer. As I work to continue to nourish and take care of myself, I show that stumbling block that I am getting stronger. Soon my baby steps will feel like full strides and the fog will be less and less dense. These stepping stones will be in sight and they will lead me to the greatness that I know awaits.
In times of distress, what happens to your relationship with food? Do you completely lose your appetite or do you find yourself emotionally eating? We all tend to swing one way or the other and neither is a great option. During this time of struggle I am committing to having a healthy relationship with food and continuing to nourish and strengthen myself with whole foods and clean eating. I have actually been spending even more time in the kitchen which has proven to be a positive thing for me.
A year or so ago, I learned about overnight oats. Breakfast is the meal I always stick with healthy habits even when I am rushing out the door. Overnight oats are the answer to anyone who has a hard time with breakfast on the run. You can easily make enough single servings for the whole week in about 10 or 15 minutes. You can eat them hot or cold, and the possibilities are endless. This week I have created several overnight oats recipes and will share them with you. Here is the first recipe! Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats
1/2 cup steel cut or rolled oats (NOT quick oats)
2-3 tsp natural peanut butter or any nut butter
1 tsp cocoa powder
2 tsp shredded coconut (optional)
1 tsp ground flax meal
1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup milk of choice
Dash of sea salt
1. Combine all ingredients in small jar or bowl that can be sealed. Stir well.
2. Refrigerate overnight. Serving options: serve with a sprinkle of cocoa nibs, dark chocolate chips, or sliced banana.
Notes: I tried a batch with and without the coconut. I preferred the oats with the coconut as it gave it a touch more flavor and sweetness. If you are not a coconut fan, feel free to omit it.
**Chia seeds offer protein and fiber. Some people don’t care for the taste. Also, they swell up in the liquid and can often get stuck in your teeth. If you have a big meeting in the morning, you may want to skip them!
***I like to eat my warm and usually will add a splash more of milk before I heat them up or I feel the oats dry up a bit.