Apricot Protein Breakfast Bar Recipe below.
10-14 hour days have become the norm and although tiring, I wouldn’t change it.I was asked the other day during a consultation, “how do you plan the time to be healthy.”
- My first response was you have to build a habit and genuinely believe in the benefits of it. You’re far more likely to continue something if you understand and believe a certain action is important. You won’t question doing it. Your mind will already be made up.
- Second, and more tangible, before the start of every week, I write out my schedule. My clients, workouts, meetings, etc. This allows me to physically pre-commit to my schedule. It gives me the visual validation that says, “yes, you have time” and so it goes down on my calendar so I can SEE that I have the time and again, pre-commit to the habit. Again, I won’t question if I have time, because I’ve made the time, written it down and committed to it.
I remember reading a book about habits — the chapter was focusing on how to break bad habits. The single-most important thing I took away from the read was that, in order to break a bad habit or create a new habit, you have to change the situation of your decision. (Say, wha?)
My goal was to stop snacking late at night, after dinner. However, I kept finding myself standing in front of my snack cabinet feeling ravenous and out of control over the amount of goodies I wanted (and did) consume. Obviously frustrated, I didn’t get it. This was a goal. I was set out to be successful, why did I feel like I was needing these snacks and that I had zero control over eating them?!
The problem wasn’t that my goal was too difficult or that I had no control over the habit, it was that I had no control over the situation — hungry and standing in front of an open snack cabinet. Hell no am I going to be able to resist. I was trying to make a decision in a very vulnerable situation.
Think ahead. You know yourself. If you know that you’re going to want some ice cream at 11 o’clock at night, realize it earlier in the day, acknowledge it. Tell yourself “hey, I know I’m going to want ice cream tonight after dinner, but I’m going to be fine without it. Instead I’ll eat _______.) This pre-decision eliminates you from having to make that difficult decision when you’re in your most vulnerable state — standing in front of the open freezer door, drooling over icecream. You wont win! Instead, DECIDE before that moment. Decide before you get placed in that situation.
It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it helps. I promise. The more “conscious” we can be of our decisions – good or bad, the more we have time to listen to our head (and stomach). Time allows us to remember these goals and helps us steer clear of making quick, reactive decisions.
Google, “conscious eating” … you’ll find some wicked-cool stuff.
& of course enjoy the apricot protein breakfast bar recipe below.
Apricot Protein Breakfast Bars
Gluten-free, dairy-free and packed with real food protein (super kid-friendly) :)
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- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/2 cup gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 2 tbs chia seeds
- 4 tbs honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- dash cinnamon
- dash sea salt
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees
- Combine wet ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients. let sit for 10 minutes.
- Place mixture into a greased baking dish.
- Cook for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
- Let sit and cool (bars will set)
- Cut and enjoy!
- *Store in refrigerator
- (can't remember who I got this recipe from - help!)