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HEALTHY EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH 🍪🥄
Step 1: drain, rinse, and peel one cup of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and let dry
Step 2: blend the chickpeas with 2 tbsp almond milk, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tsp Stevia, ¼ tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, and 1 tbsp of sugar-free maple syrup
Step 3: enjoy straight out of the blender or let it chill in the fridge for about an hour 🍪

Looking for a super quick to go meal? Here it is! 😎
🌱One can of chickpeas
🌱steamed broccoli
🌱carrot
🌱optionally other veggies of choice (cucumber, tomato..)
🌱lemon juice, olive or hemp oil, a little splash of water, tomato paste, provencial or italian herbs, salt and pepper
That’s it! It’s made within 15 minutes and yet super delicious ☺

Starting healthy habits

  • Planning is key. Meal prep for a week in advance of your first try. Buy only healthy food. Let yourself run out of junkfood in the house. Pay your bills so you cannot afford to quit - you can only eat healthy. Take at least 3 days at home to start your change. This is the only way I ever made it through my first ever detox. Withdrawal from sugary junkfood can be intense. On day 2 I was so sick I could not eat and threw up a lot. On day 3 I just felt exhausted and barely able to move. I would have quit given even a glimpse of an opportunity. Food addiction is real.
  • Watch health documentaries, there are tonnes of good ones out there. Surrounding yourself with the message that good food is good makes you want to eat it. Watching TV and seeing commercials for takeout makes you crave it. So watch things that make you feel like your good food choices will heal you. Pinterst and Tumblr are awesome sources of positive attitudes toward foods and fitness provided you follow the right tags.
  • Daydream about yourself and how you will look and feel and the things you will do at your goal weight. Visualising yourself achieving your goals will motivate you a surprising amount. Write out lists of clothes you want, shoes maybe. I daydream how I will look in winter boots and coats, how I will look in short summer dresses, how I will feel in tight jeans that aren’t uncomfortable.
  • Remind yourself of the non weight related things you have to gain. Better sleep, better energy, better oral hygiene, better attitude and you’ll feel like you’re coping better
  • Get you a motive board. A whiteboard you keep in your bedroom. Scribble all over that shit as often as you need. Write your daily goals on it, your weekly goals, your monthly goals. Put a calendar on it and cross off days. Write down a thing you’re looking forward too or a quote that motivates you. Change it as often as you need. Your motive board should make you feel good to look at and it should make you feel good to wipe clean and write on.
  • Keep a weightloss diary full of pics and stuff and recording your weights etc and journal if you like. This one was never really my thing, too much upkeep for a lazy woman like me.
  • Don’t focus on exercise. If you feel motivated to exercise do! But don’t feel negatively when you don’t. I lost 60lbs first time around before I felt like I could exercise. When you do decide to start exercising start light. Start with 30mins. Hell start with 5mins. Clap for your damn self.
  • Avoid the bad shit. Seems simple, isn’t. Psych yourself up before you go into the grocery store. Visualise the food you are going in to buy and what it will look like on the conveyer belt as you leave etc. Go in with your mind set on ONLY those foods. Do your total best to avoid those junkfood/snack food aisles and do not look at the candy by the register because if you’re like me you WILL crumble. Write yourself a list and stick to it strictly if that helps. I ordered online a few times to avoid seeing all that beautiful snack food.
  • Never get hungry and never shop hungry. (Not applicable to your first week, when you will likely feel hungry a lot but simultaneously ‘not hungry for fruit/veg’) if you get hungry your body seeks a quick fix (junkfood) for energy. Whereas if you eat when you just start getting hungry you’ll eat less in one hit and make easier choices with regards to healthy foods.

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Salted caramel oatmeal (made with 4 Medjool dates, 1 tbsp maca, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch of sea salt and a dash of vanilla extract) topped with granola, coconut yogurt, orange, tahini, coconut, nectarine and frozen blackberries from the garden 😊 insta: @veganzoejessica

30 Day Challenge

I generally hate 30 day challenges because most of them are a scam, but I’m a fan of this one. It is simple way to make a change that could last a lifetime.

No food high in refined sugars - candy, cake, ice cream, or other sweets. This also includes soda and energy drinks!

No fast food - skip the McDonald’s, put down the Chic-fil-a, and stay away from the Wendy’s.

No white bread or pasta - Limit the bread to whole or acient grains.

No alcohol - Sorry kids, booze is just sugar that makes you feel funny.

Reduce salt intake - Salt makes you bloated so limit how much you put into your food.

Water - Drink at least 3 liters of water per day, 4 liters of your really trying.

Fruits and Vegetables - Double the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat everyday.

The goal is to cut out the shitty stuff you put into your body. Try this for a month and maybe a few of these will stick.

Peanut butter protein oats 🥜
~ 1 cup almond milk, ½ cup oats, and 1 scoop Quest PB protein powder topped with banana, almonds, cacao nibs, and PB 🥄🌟

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Ready for Halloween? Here’s a cute little vegan cookie idea that’s pretty easy to make.

VEGAN FINGER COOKIE

½ cup Earth Balance vegan buttery spread

¼ cup sugar

½ tsp vanilla

1 cup flour + 2 tbsp

1/8 tsp salt

½ cup finely chopped almonds

Sliced almonds

Red jam or jelly

Using a stand or hand mixer, blend sugar and butter together until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla. Meanwhile, sift flour and salt together. Mix flour into butter mixture. Then mix nuts in. Chill dough for at least two hours. Preheat oven to 400° F. Rollout chilled dough into log shape using hands. I recommend making them just slightly smaller than a finger because they will expand a little bit, but not much. (To make the logs look more fingerlike, I squeezed them in my hand and it gave a boney look). Press a sliced almond where the finger tip would be. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. If the fingers spread more than you wanted, you can take the back of two spoons and press into the sides of the fingers to make them more narrow. Lastly dip the fingers in a red jam or jelly. (I made my own fruit reduction using raspberries, strawberries and blackberries)

We respond to rewards. Foods that are sweet and salty taste good for a reason.  It is hard to not have a piece of that delicious, triple chocolate, black raspberry cake with a scope of ice cream. How about french fries? Those deep fried salty little potato strips that come with almost half of every meal sold in America. It is not easy to say no to the foods we have evolved to crave. Our ancestors biologically craved foods that are salty, sweet, and fats. Guess what? That means you have are still craving those foods for the same reason as the cavemen. The problem is the food today is processed garage full of additives, chemicals, and toxins. Remember how everyone was so amazed that Twinkie could last 25 years? Why the fuck would you want to put something in your body that doesn’t spoil for 25 years? It’s insane.

It is hard to be healthy, eat clean, and workout regularly. We have too many modern luxuries that make it difficult, but I promise you that a healthy lifestyle is worth the effort. The amount of potential health problems that come from carrying excess body fat far outweigh the difficulties of sticking to a nutrition plan. These problems will only magnify the longer you carry that body fat. The older you get, the more problems you will start to see. Pick your difficult.