You know that body part that you just don’t like, or that one thing you wish you could change about your appearance? How much time to you spend looking at it in the mirror, sizing it up, wishing it was smaller/more toned/different? Why is it so easy to get caught up in things about ourselves that we don’t love and miss the true beauty we possess?
I realized last week that I have been doing it all wrong and for a long time. Every single solitary time I look in the mirror, or at least about 90% of the time I look in the mirror, my eyes go straight to my midsection. And just at that same moment, my mind goes to judge, critic, negativity, you name it. My mind tries to tell me if I just had a tinier waist, or if I just did some more of this or that, then I’ll be happy with this part of me. And then all my problems will disappear, right? Ha, riiiight. But that is the constant battle of the mind.
The real problem is that it doesn’t just stop there. This mindset carries over into our confidence, the way we carry ourselves, maybe even our relationships. And it is all because we spend so much of our time picking away at one thing and one thing only. And in doing so, we ignore our killer smile, our telling eyes, our strong legs, etc.
Long story short, we miss everything that it so unbelievably amazing about ourselves and our bodies because our eyes can only seem to see what we do not like.
And so last week, I started to tweak this based on a recommendation from a blogger I follow, Natalie Hodson. (I am unable to share the video at this time due to technical issues but it is on my facebook page.) She talked a lot about loving yourself through every phase of you exactly as you are. Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight, grow stronger, etc. if you don’t love your body as it is today, then even when you get to that goal or milestone, or if you lose that weight, you will only find that this becomes not enough. Wherever you are, if you can’t learn to love your body, no matter how it changes, you still won’t be in love.
So this is where you have to take control and turn the tables. You know that part of your body that I asked about in the beginning? You will have to ease up on it, maybe even go as far as accepting it. While the thought process may usually go, “Ugh, look at that flab” or “Oh my gosh, I am not eating another piece of chocolate this month…year!” or “Gosh, if my _____ was just _____ then______.” It’s now time to start a shift. The first part of the shift may be to find a part of your body that you love and bring your attention to that and remind yourself how amazing it is. Then maybe slowly move to that area (or for some maybe areas which can be even tougher) and start to find something positive about it. “Sure I wish my stomach was flatter, but this was the home for my babies and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.” or “My arms may be a bit flabbier than I like, but I still play one mean tennis match with them.” Etc., etc., etc. You get the point right? It’s all about changing the thoughts, changing the mindset.
This may sound silly to you or you may be one of those people that doesn’t’ struggle with body image at all. But our thoughts are so powerful and they literally can make or break our world. So if our thoughts about our bodies are not loving and compassionate, then how can we be that to other people?
Give it a shot. See how it fits. Maybe too it’s just a matter of recognizing how negative your thoughts may actually be. Perhaps you are so used to it that you don’t even know it’s happening. And then see if a change in the patterns of your thoughts can bring about a little more compassion to the one and only body you have to live in.
You know those people you see drinking iced coffee year round and think, how the heck do they do that? Well that is the exact same way I am with ice cream. Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall, it doesn’t matter, I will gladly take a big bowl if you are offering. With it being Groundhog Day today, and a good one since the little furry guy predicted an early spring, I thought what better way to celebrate than with a new ice cream recipe! The best part? Ice Cream Maker is optional in this one. Now, THAT is good news!
A while ago, I saw a recipe video of a guy making ice cream using cashews as the base. The biggest catch was that he just threw it all into the blender and then froze it for a few hours and it was a success. If it had been an infomercial, I would’ve been dialing the 800 number and asking where to sign up. Ice cream just can’t be that easy. It just can’t.
I am here today to tell you that it actually is. It is possible to make this creamy decadent dessert with something as simple as your blender. However, if you do have an ice cream maker, you can use that and make this treat a bit thicker and maybe a tad more like traditional ice cream. But if not, no big deal!
I tried this recipe part with an ice cream maker and part without. As long as you allow it to firm up long enough in the freezer then using just the blender is perfect. Honestly, using the ice cream maker really just causes it to be ready sooner. So I guess maybe you save a bit of time.
This is the first, and definitely not the last, ice cream installment of 2016 and right now it is my favorite ice cream treat to date that I have created. Cashews have really just fascinated me these days and the versatility they have is remarkable. They can be used in so many ways for sweet and savory foods, cheeses, and more.
Go ahead and celebrate that Groundhog today with a bowl of this treat!
Cinnamon Pecan Cashew Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker Required!)
- 2 cups raw cashews soaked overnight
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tsp cinnamon
- 3-4 T pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- In a high powered blender, combine all ingredients but the pecans.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- If you have an ice cream maker, feel free run it in the ice cream maker for about 10 minutes or so. Then add pecans and stir in. (Freeze to set)
- If not using an ice cream maker, stir in pecans and place in freezer for about 4 hours, making sure to stir a bit every hour.
- When ready to eat, allow to thaw for about 10 minutes or so before serving.