Over the past seven years of being self-employed this time around I've become known as someone who is a real doer. So much so that my business coach has been constantly amazed at just how quickly I get things done. One minute I'm talking about a new idea and the next, I've implemented it. That is, until this year.
Recently we took a road trip around parts of the North Island here in New Zealand, because like many of you, international travel is not an option right now. In a number of our domestic cities we have our favourite bed and breakfast accommodations we return to each time, but of course there are times we need to find a new property.
We all know what simple carbohydrates (cakes, donuts, lollies, sugary drinks, biscuits, chocolate and some breakfast cereals) do in our body, but what do they do to our mind. As a quick reminder, in the body they produce a spike in blood glucose giving a short burst of energy, then soon after plummeting energy levels. This explains that lethargic feeling we get following a meal or snack that contains refined sugar.
When I started Psychotherapy in 1989 I made a decision to always look within myself for answers. At that time, a broken and deeply sorrowful young woman, I was curious to understand why I was the way I was. And, that curiosity has stayed with me.
A friend of mine brought up self-compassion recently as something she wanted to start practising. She realised she'd been pretty hard on herself over the years and it was time to make a change. It was time to be more gentle, she said. At the time I engaged in the conversation and thought to myself, that's really nice idea, but afterwards thought nothing more of it. Until this morning.
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cocoa or cacao powder
2 tbsp honey
½ tbsp vanilla bean paste
1. Melt coconut oil in jar/container.
2. Measure out ½ cup and place in saucepan.
3. Add cocoa powder, honey and vanilla bean paste.
4. Heat through stirring well until almost boiling.
5. Remove from heat.
6. Place in dish.
7. Leave in freezer or fridge to set.
8. Cut into pieces or turn out first, then cut.