Here’s a weighted question (pun intended). Do you own a scale?
If the answer is yes, do you weigh yourself often? Is your day impacted by the number you see? And if so, why? These weighted questions used to be answered with a “yes” for me. But that is no longer. And how did this happen?
I threw my scale in the garbage.
In hindsight, I cannot believe how long it took me to do this, but it has been well over 10 years since the scale went Bye-Bye and I couldn’t be happier. There are so many things that a scale does NOT tell us but we become obsessed with the one thing that it does. And why?
Well everyone’s why may be slightly different, but it all comes down to this number that we think we have to be at or below. And sometimes that number is not healthily attainable. And that number takes zero account to our body’s actual make up. And if you get on the internet often enough, you will come across people who have shared photos in which they weigh more in one photo versus less and yet are healthier, happier, and even in better overall physical shape. The number tells so very little about us and yet often we give so much of our power to that number.
Ok, so why is this coming up now for me? I mean, if I tossed the scale a decade ago, what gives?
Well, this is the first time in years that I have been worried about losing weight. With the baby being past due date and simply pushing the anxiety deeper and deeper, my appetite is nothing. NOTHING. And while an old version of me would have been delighted in the opportunity to lose weight, the new me does not celebrate this as such.
So the other day I thought, hmmm, I wonder what I weigh? Not in the way that I would jump on the scale, hold my breath and hope for the lowest number possible. But just curiosity I guess to see if I have done much damage from having so little of an appetite. But after thinking about it, I realized there was no point in it all. My clothes fit fine. I still feel okay, aside from the sometimes debilitating anxiety I am naturally experiencing from the pending adoption. So I let it go.
Because my body is resilient. Perhaps I have lost a couple pounds. I will bounce back. My body will balance out to where it needs to be. And that is what I have learned with this world of intuitive eating. My body has a place it stays when I am not restricting and I am nourishing. There is no use in fighting it because that will only bring misery.
So here I am, full circle and back to reminding myself why the scale is in the trash. That number. It says so little about me and I am so free and happy without it.
How about you?
Today’s recipe is cause for celebration because it is one of the first things that I have eaten a fair share of in the last several weeks. I made them the other day and enjoyed them so much! And that is a big deal for me considering it’s been tough to get a saltine in me these days.
Have you ever had Hail Merry cookie dough bites? I have and they are amazing! The thing that is not so amazing is the price. These suckers are NOT cheap. And I get it, they have some pricier ingredients including almond flour, maple syrup and coconut oil. BUT when I find a treat that is out of my preferred price range, then I find a way to make them on my own and for a heck of a lot cheaper. And I did.
Only a handful of ingredients, but these little bites pack the flavor. Coconut, almond and chocolate come together to bring one of my favorite candy bar flavors: Almond Joy. It took two tries to get the texture just right but it was worth it. They are a bit more dense than the actual Hail Merry bites but I prefer them this way.
The one thing I haven’t quite nailed is storage. If you store them in the fridge, then you have to let them sit out for 10-20 minutes before eating because the coconut oil hardens them. If your house is too warm and you leave them out of the fridge, they can end up a bit mushy. But I still preferred keeping them outside of the fridge personally. I mean, when I want a treat, I am typically not in the mood to wait much longer than a couple minutes max to dig in. So 20 minutes seems like a lot to me. I will leave it up to you to decide, but if you leave them out, find a cooler spot to store them if possible.
Also, I added some Collagen Peptides for some added protein in mine. This is not necessary but always an option. As always, if you use the code BEYOU10 at Furtherfood.com, you can get 10% off! And did I mention these take only minutes to make? Ok, what are you waiting for?! It’s time to get cooking–well not quite since these are no bake, but you catch my drift!
Almond Joy Cookie Dough Bites
- 1/3 c coconut oil melted
- 1 1/2 c almond flour finely ground
- 1/4 c pure maple syrup
- 1/3 c shredded coconut unsweetened
- 2 scoops collagen peptides Optional: I use Further Food
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 T dark chocolate chunks or chips
- Dash of sea salt
- In a medium bowl, combine maple, almond flour and coconut oil. Stir well to combine.
- Add all other ingredients and stir to combine. The mixture may seem a bit dry or clumpy, but that is ok.
- Chill for about 10 minutes.
- Roll into bite sized balls and enjoy!