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Healthy Chocolate Pudding
For a healthy chocolate pudding take 3tbls of chia seeds and 1 cup of chocolate milk or chocolate soy milk. Mix together and let sit for 40 min to an hour, stirring occassionally. It should come out to a tapioca-like texture.
You'll get calcium, fibre and omega-3.
Makes 2 servings and will keep in the fridge for a week (as if it would last that long!! LOL)
Dove Dark Chocolate is the perfect end of the day treat.
If you have cravings (like I do), then reward yourself at the end fo the day with an individually wrapped square of Dove Dark and savour the victory.
My steamer lives on my counter. I no longer boil or nuke my veggies. They are all steamed to perfection (even the potatoes). All the nutrients are kept in and it requires less electricity to run the steamer.
Portion Control in Restaurants
I always take a container to restaurants. The portion sizes they serve are huge. I immediately take half of the meal and put it into my plastic container as a doggy bag....out of sight, out of mind. If you wait until the end to ask for a doggy bag, you've probably eaten too much already. It's a great way to have lunch or another dinner for the next day.
Set a deadline
Make sure you set a definitive goal deadline.
September 22 marks the final 100 days of the year. Decide what you want to accomplish by the end of the 100 days, and do everything in your power to make it happen.
Mantras or Self Talk
Create a mantra for yourself. Say it every chance you get. When you're pushing through your workout. When you're walking to the car. When you're looking at yourself in the mirror. When you need a boost.
Cravings and Colours
Everytime you experience a craving, especially for something that may not be the best thing to have, think of 4 colours and try to picture them in your mind. The craving will disappear.
Ask yourself if today is a good day to die
Would you leave everything resolved if you were to die today? Would those who matter to you actually know they mattered? Have you made your apologies?
If you answered "no", then get out there and fix/repair/do whatever is necessary to tie up loose ends.
Just like the importance of our bodies being flexible in order to deal with the day to day movements, it's also important to be flexible with plans and tasks. Life happens. You need to look at everything that comes up and decide that nothing that happens is good or bad. It just is.