Yes. This is a wellness blog. However, this is a wellness blog for real people. Real people sometimes eat pie, cake, or cookies, especially around this time of year.
I will never "diet". I believe that if you eat a mainly organic, nutrient-dense, whole foods diet, you can generally eat what you want, in moderation. Life is all about balance. Simply stated, my father has always said, "If you want to lose weight, you need to burn off more than you take in." During the holiday season, we tend to take in more than we burn off, especially here in Wisconsin where the brisk temps often keep us indoors.
That being said, I gained over seventy pounds while pregnant with my son. Seventy pounds. Yes, I ate mostly healthy foods, however, I had quite the affinity for Culvers fries (not gonna lie....still do...my willpower is stronger now...) and frozen yogurt. I also had a job as a home hospice nurse where I worked way too much and sat on my ass way too much. I am fifteen pounds shy of my pre-pregnancy weight and feel unhappy with how I look/feel.
So. NO MORE EXCUSES. I freely admit my faults. I am grossly out-of-shape and get winded easily. My heart feels heavy with over exertion. My knees give out and my back aches terribly from a cliff diving accident five years ago. I feel "bloopy". Yes, bloopy. I need to take charge of my health before poor health takes charge of me. It is not so much the way I look or how my clothes fit/don't fit that bothers me. It is the fact that I have a toddler and want to show him the world, a doggie that needs walking, house repairs to do...I have life to live. Right now, I struggle with the stamina to do it all.
NO MORE EXCUSES! We all lead busy lives and many of us probably struggle with time management. Most of us work, have kiddos/pets, responsibilities, and twenty things to be doing at any given moment. Everybody's life is hectic in a different way. Most of us probably do not take the time to spend on ourselves. NO MORE EXCUSES.
I have worked at a couple of fitness facilities in my life. I was even a Curves instructor at one point. (No...Really.). I used to work out several hours per day and still dance to live music at night. While my nightlife has changed, and I now have responsibilities where I cannot live at the gym, the old me is still in there somewhere, and I miss that girl who had endless energy. Exercise is crucial to optimal health. I have not worked out in YEARS. NO MORE EXCUSES. I have found that when people would make New Year's resolutions to exercise more, it would only last a few weeks, and come February, they had fallen into their old ways. There is no time to start like the present. If you are serious about change, there can be no "I'll start on Monday" or "I'll start January 1st".
Today was the first time in longer than I can remember that my Fitbit buzzed saying I had reached my step goal. I literally jumped and almost peed my pants because I rarely reach that number or feel the subsequent strange vibrating sensation on my wrist. I bought the Fitbit last year to monitor my pulse. I think it is now time I actually use it as it is intended -to track activity. NO MORE EXCUSES.
You deserve to feel good. The choices you make directly impact your health, whether physically or mentally. We only get a short time on this journey of life, so let's make the best of it. I want to be healthier. I want you to be healthier. Let's be well together.
Let's eat pie, but only one piece.
Exercise negates pie. Right?
My love Aaron created this recipe. It is family and friend approved. It is by no means "healthy", but it is better than most. High fiber. Low sugar. We make a lot of substitutions because of dietary restrictions. I am sure this would taste even better with butter.
Scrumptious Vegan Oatmeal-Nut Apple Pie
1 cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp scoopable (not liquid) organic coconut oil
2.5 tbsp ice water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk dry ingredients together. Add in coconut oil and mix together with fork until it resembles wet sand. Slowly add in ice water while kneading, until dough is formed. Sprinkle flour on cutting board or other surface and transfer dough. You can do this on a sheet of wax paper to make cleanup and transfer to pie pan easier. Roll out dough with rolling pin, into circular shape to fit your 9 in. pie pan. Add more flour if dough is sticking. Prebake crust for four minutes prior to adding filling.
7 medium organic McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/3 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon, ground
2 tbsp organic unbleached all-purpose flour
Combine and fold together all filling ingredients except flour, in a bowl. Let sit for ten minutes. Mix in flour. Add filling to pie crust. Bake for 30 minutes.
1/2 cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup organic old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
3/4 tsp organic cinnamon, ground
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp cold organic Earth Balance whipped buttery spread (or butter, if not vegan)
2 tbsp orange juice
1/8 cup coarsley chopped pecans
1/8 cup coarsley chopped walnuts
Toast nuts until lightly brown. Combine all dry ingredients except nuts, in a bowl. Add buttery spread, cutting in with fork until evenly dispersed. Add orange juice and nuts. Mix together.
Add topping to pie after it has finished baking for the 30 minutes mentioned above. Bake another 20 minutes.