If you declare it, it will get done...

"Necessity is the mother of all invention." 
Proverb

Have you ever notice how much easier it is to stick to something you've truly committed to? The difference between "I'll try to do that" vs. "I'm so doing that" is HUGE!

Case in point: my resolutions. (For those of you who have recently joined us, last week's post was all about the two easy new year's resolutions I made).

I'm proud to report I haven't missed a day of meditation this year, though I came close one day.

On Sunday, I was in bed starting to fall asleep when I realized I hadn't meditated yet. You see, weekend mornings are usually a bit more relaxed for me so I don't always stick to my morning routine. Later that day, I went to Hot Springs to relax in one of their oversized tubs, so I had been feeling calm and happy all day. And I had my alarm set for 4:45AM the next day to drive to a callback in Charlotte.

But there I was in bed, knowing I hadn't sat on my cushion for 10 minutes like I'd promised myself. The excuses started: "you can miss one day, the alarm is set SO early,"..."you are already peaceful, you don't need to meditate"..."you can do it right here in bed"...

This is not a new place for me, and you can probably relate. You set an intention, and almost as soon as it's spoken, it gets tested. Well, I wasn't going to fail this time.

I got out of bed, in my nightgown, and sat in the dark for ten minutes.

And then the next morning, as soon as I got out of bed, I sat back down on that same cushion for 10 more minutes, so I knew it was done for the day.

I felt amazing. But then again, I always do when I go 100% in anything. Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, has a great line: “99% is a bitch. 100% is a breeze.”

It's true - surrendering to the change makes it easier to stick to it. When we give ourselves wiggle room, it's so much easier to make up an excuse to dance through it, right?

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Which leads me to my awesome discovery made out of necessity!

As part of my doctor's plan to help heal my allergies, I'm on an elimination diet for the next four months. And it is strict!

No gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no soy, no nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, mushrooms, etc.), no eggs, no nuts, no cacao. (WHAT - no chocolate?!?!)

But I am committed to feeling the best I can, so I said yes, 100%. Which means I'm getting creative with my food.

I'm trying new recipes and even making some up on my own. Because if I'm hungry (or God forbid, hangry!), I need to have things on hand already made or quick to make, so I don't run out and grab something that's a no-no.

My favorite creation so far is my dessert bowl, or dinner in a bowl :-) How many times have you ever wanted to grab a pint of ice cream and veg out in front of the TV? I know it happens to me.

Well, this recipes saves the day. It's nutritious and filling enough to be a meal, but still satisfies that sweet, comfort-food craving. Because if we're going to have moments when we want to emotionally eat, why not upgrade our go-to-foods so we can do it in a healthier way? CLICK TO TWEET

Now, I'm not big on measurements, so just go with your gut - you'll know how much to add of each ingredient:
  • Gluten-free rolled oats (about a cup)
  • Pumpkin puree (1/3 a can)
  • Vegan, sugar-free protein powder (1 scoop)
  • Fiber powder (1/2 scoop)
  • Greens powder (1 scoop)
  • Vanilla extract (to taste)
  • Carob powder (about 2 TBs) or Pumpkin Pie Spice (1/4-1/2 ts)
  • Coconut milk (about 2 tablespoons of the dense, creamy part)
  • Hemp seed or other non-dairy milk (1/2-1 cup)
  • Sweetener (I normally use stevia, but used raw coconut nectar in the picture below so you could see it)
Mix it all up, let sit for a few minutes, and enjoy!
[caption id="attachment_509" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.51.55 PM Dinner is served![/caption]
Instead of drowning my sorrows in ice cream or chocolate bars, I can tuck into a really delicious and nutrition-packed meal without any guilt. Now that's what I call a shift! 

What's your best recipe invention? Was it necessity that drove you to create it? I'd love to hear all about it over on our Facebook page. Please share (especially if they're ones I can eat :-)

To my 100%'ers out there,
Emily

PS - Tonight's the night!!!! My episode of Your Worst Nightmare airs at 9PM EST on the Discovery ID Channel. Please check it out!