Deciding to become healthier can be such a daunting task. How can I give up smoking? I need to start working out 3-5 times a week. How will I fit this all in my schedule? How in the world can I meal prep when I have three kids running around the house? I’m a full-time college student working two jobs; I don’t have time to be healthier! Listen, I get it. I may not have three kids pinned to my leg, but the latter situation is one that I’m currently in. Time is always a hurdle, but the thing that will make the difference between making goals and actually achieving them is your perspective on the changes.
I’m currently finishing my Bachelor’s in Community Health Education, and also work for two health-related companies. The reason I mention this is because I’m constantly surrounded by individuals looking to become healthier. I hear their personal stories, listen to their hurdles, and work together with them to come up with solutions that they can implement into their lives to make the changes they are looking for. The most common response I receive from clients is how overwhelming it all seems to be. There’s too much on their plate, not enough time in the day, and the changes they need to make are so daunting that they are almost impossible from the very beginning.
But here’s where all this ends. Your perspective on becoming a healthier individual must change. Instead of having a negative attitude on the changes you need to make, try and think in a more positive light. And by this I don’t just mean get into your yogi state of mind and repeat to yourself “I love working out”, “This broccoli and chicken is so much better than pizza…” be realistic! Come up with small goals that you are able to realistically achieve AND that are phrased positively. Let me explain. Instead of having goals such as:
- Stop eating processed foods
- Limit the amount of soda per week
- Stop smoking
- Reduce carbohydrates in the diet
- No more dessert
See how all of these goals are phrased in a negative light? Stop, don’t, limit. Try something like this.
- Increase water intake each day
- Walk 30 minutes at least 4 times per week
- Drink one green juice once a week
- Try a new workout class with a friend
Get my point? Just by rephrasing your goals, you make these challenges seem more attainable. Both sets of goals are designed to make you healthier, but the second group of goals seem much more fun to accomplish, right?
Moral of this post is to not be so overwhelmed when it comes to making healthier changes. Becoming a healthier individual can be such a fun and rewarding experience. Don’t focus on the things you need to stop, give up, and eliminate from your life, but focus on the positive things you can include, add, and compliment to your life! Once you start including these positive changes, the negative ones will begin to fade away. You will no longer crave the negative choices and behaviors. Your body will be fixated on all the natural and positive things you’re introducing into your life that the bad choices will naturally be eliminated.
And on that note, let’s get to the fun part where we can add this delicious, healthy recipe into our lives!
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
1 cup non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, rice)
1 cup blueberries
3/4 cup coconut flour
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
*Optional toppings: Chopped nuts, chia jam (Blend 1/2 cup frozen berries + 1 Tbsp Chia seeds+ 1 tsp sweetener; let sit for 10 minutes), chococolate chips, toasted coconut, honey, grass-fed butter…
- Mix together non-dairy milk, chia seeds, and vanilla extract.
- Combine all dry ingredients (coconut flour, protein powder, baking powder, and baking soda) in a small bowl.
- Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Add additional milk if batter is too thick. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid.
- Melt coconut oil in non-stick pan.
- Pour/spoon/ladle out batter onto hot pain. Size depends on how many pancakes you want. I used 1/4 cup.
- Sprinkle fresh blueberries directly onto pancakes.
- Flip once the pancakes begin to show bubbles on their surface.
- Cook second side for approximately 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Top with your favorite ingredients!
- Enjoy! 🙂