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I confess that I am a sugar addict!!  The terrible substance has a grip on me physically and emotionally like no other substance.  After years of denial and acceptance, I’m now fighting back!!  4 weeks ago I started a sugar detox program.  My health coach Sandra Brougher has been guiding me through the program.  I’ve surprised myself with how much determination and willpower I’ve had.  It’s not really the norm for me.  Today I took my kids out for ice cream and I didn’t have even a tiny lick.  3 weeks ago there would’ve been no way I would’ve restrained.

One thing I found out really quickly is when you’re used to having sweet treats like a nibble of chocolate here and a cookie there…..it’s very hard to have raw almonds as the go to.  It’s of course NOT the only go to item but, I’m not great at thinking outside the box.  As I mentioned earlier, I have an emotional attachment to the sweet drug as well so, often times I’m grabbing for that fix in times of trial **Imagine 3 year old crapping his pants for the 4th time that day**  Reaching for an almond just doesn’t deliver the same ***Aaaaahhhhhh….nirvana….moment***

This is why I created these.  I know there must be a bazillion recipes out there for similar lovelies so, if this one doesn’t strike your fancy then, explore for some others.

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I ditched the box of bisquick for making pancakes years ago.  I wanted to control the type of flour, baking soda, baking powder etc….  Then I started to get the healthy bug so, my flour changed to whole grain, my eggs became free range, my milk became raw milk etc….etc….Pancakes have always been a lovely munchie for me regardless of topping (although nutella, bananas and/or pure maple syrup make me smile).  When I started this sugar detox, I knew I needed something to turn to so….I took my usual recipe and tweaked it for my needs.

Here’s my recipe, I use the term loosely because, I rarely measure and generally just throw things together ;o)

2 Cups Almond meal

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (either original or vanilla)

2 Eggs (preferably pasture eggs but, what-ev)

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Baking Powder (I like the gluten-free brand)

**That’s the base recipe that doesn’t really change….below is how I kick it up a notch**

1 Tsp either Pure Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract (just depends on my mood)

1.5 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder (I use the Navitas brand.  It’s organic and doesn’t have any additives)

3-4 Tbsp unsweetened Coconut flakes (add more if you love it….it’s a great stabilizer, texture and good fat to add to your day)

**Now I really kick it up a nutritional notch**

1-2 Tbsp Flax Meal

2 Tsp Chia seeds (I grind mine up to a powder **Hello floss if you don’t!!**

1 scoop of Green Super Foods (I prefer the chocolate flavor myself)

I blend all of the above in my Blendtec (which I’m totally in love with).  Using a blender will definitely help mix all that awesomeness up in a hurry.  If the consistency doesn’t look like your typical batter then add more of the Unsweetened almond milk until it’s what you want.  ***NOTE: these don’t hold together like regular pancakes they are a bit more delicate so, if you go too thin, you’ll have some trouble with flippage etc….***

I prefer a cast iron pan and only use Coconut Oil for this…..butter would certainly be acceptable as well but, I’m really not into the sprays.

I spread this awesomeness on these beauties

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I’ve been making about a batch or 2 a week.  I keep them in the fridge and zap 2 or 3 in the microwave for 10 sec for a treat when I feel the need.  With all that extra goodness packed in there I feel good eating them and staying on target for my goals.

I hope you love them as much as I do!!!

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Are you thinking I’m nuts?  Although you are certainly right about that most of the time, in this instance, I’m totally not!  This is the deal about basically, every fitness program out there; whatever, you are doing, your body will acclimate and then “plateau” or stop changing.  If you want to continue your exact same exercise routine then eventually, the only way you’ll see change is if you change your nutrition.

Ok, let’s break this down….

If you go running and run a mile everyday for a week.  You’ll initially see change.  Likely you’ll start to feel more energy and depending on your nutrition, you may even lose a bit of weight.  However, if you do exactly that for 3 weeks and change nothing…most likely, you won’t lose a pound or feel any difference or change after week 1.  It’s possible, you may even revert back to your old energy level.

 

Take that same distance and run a different route on different terrain, you’ll find much better success.  

At least for a while.  Your body will become accustom to even that.  It’ll know, “oh, it’s the Monday route”

What you want to do is do something different all the time.  Sometimes, run a shorter distance, other times run a long way.  Also, don’t just run.  Switch your workouts as well as the duration of them.  Constantly varying your exercise routine will successfully confuse your body.  By doing that, your body will keep itself in a “I’m ready for whatever you’re gonna throw at me” state.  This is where you want your body to be.  It’s conducive to getting the best from your body and your active life.

Another aspect….

Here’s the next BIG piece of the puzzle

What are you eating?  You can exercise in a constantly varied manor and you’ll still not reach your full potential unless you pay close attention to your nutrition.

I don’t need to tell you there are A LOT of diets out there.  Everyone’s goal should be to follow a clean, whole foods, nutritious way of eating.  One of the most popular diets that follows that is “Paleo” eating or “The Caveman Diet”.

                    

This said, every body is different and needs different things to keep itself in tip top health. Finding out what YOUR body needs will take some trial and error.  You’re options are shooting in the dark to find out where your nutritionally deficient and fixing it or you can find a “Health Coach”.  Health Coaches have gone through extensive training and know how to find out where people need to make changes not only nutritionally but, in every aspect of their lives to help them live their best life.  Here’s a link to one I know and love Sandra Brougher  You don’t have to be local to your Health Coach.

**BOTTOM LINE**

You being healthy is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing in your life.  Without your health you can’t, be the awesome parent, friend, family member, coach, employee, student…etc…etc…There is no aspect of your life that won’t be better if you’re healthy.

***YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!***

There are people all around you; professionals, friends, family members, acquaintances that have this knowledge and want to help you find your best health.  JUST GO ASK!!!! I’m/we’re waiting for your call/text/email! 😉

***Thank you to Google Images and their partners for the images in this post***

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