Stepping Up to the Plate - How to Change the Way you Eat

vanilla cream cake(RECIPE BELOW!)

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As the weekend comes closer, I’m getting more and more excited to be hosting a three course raw dinner at this year’s Revitalize Conference in Red Deer.  I spend most days talking about healthier foods, why we should consume them, trying to inspire people to eat them and even laying out the roadmap to do so. But I find that the most effective way to really make some shifts in people is to let them taste for themselves. There’s something powerful about tasting a dairy free vanilla cream cake on a raw chocolate pecan crust drizzled with fresh raspberry sauce that always gets people excited.

 

“So there’s no refined sugar?”

“Nope”

“No fat?”

“…Only the good for you fat…”

“So this is healthy????!”

“Yes. That’s what I have been trying to tell you.”

“You have got to be kidding me. This is AMAZING.”

And so it begins. Another one sold. But even with all the inspiration, knowledge, and even tasting there are of course still the millions still grabbing hamburgers for lunch or the cheesy lasagnas from down the street. Cold ice creamy treats for their evening strolls and “gasp” – hot dogs while out camping. If we are all capable of breaking through addictive behaviors and enjoying healthy food, why the ongoing self-sabotaging drinking, smoking, indulging, pasta gorging, Chinese food take outing (yes, I just made up that word), and pizza delivering!? How do we really step up to the plate to change the way we eat?!

Take some time to reflect on what motivates you. Enhanced mood, mental clarity, boosted energy without caffeine or sugar, increased lifespan, stronger immune system, lowered cholesterol, stabilized blood sugar levels, feel better about being in your body? Typically not many of these actually motivate people, unless they have lost them completely. As in, they are not able to function because of a weakened immune system. They are all great effects of a healthier lifestyle but not strong enough to motivate. Stronger motivating factors tend to be more external – better beach body, weight loss, attracting someone from the opposite sex. This is neither bad nor good. It just is. Take some time to reflect on what motivates you. Where do you actually want to be with your health? Do you want to feel the way you do? Are you happy in your body? How can you step up to the plate and actually make some shifts? Getting active is always a great first step. Post pictures that inspire you. Post some new goals that you can start working towards. Be patient. With good intention the shifts can start to happen. Oh, and enjoy some dairy free vanilla cream cakes… that always helps. Recipe below.    

VANILLA CREAM CAKE RECIPE!

Pecan Almond Crust

1/4 Cup Almonds

1/4 Cup Pecans

1/4 Cup Cacao Powder

½ cup Medjool Dates, pitted

1/2 tsp Vanilla

pinch Sea Salt

Process ingredients in food processor until crust is formed. Press into mini cheesecake pan or other shallow pan. Set aside or in fridge while you make filling.

Vanilla Cream Filling

2 Cups Cashews

½ Cup Coconut Oil, melted

½ Cup Maple Syrup

2 tsp Vanilla

½ Cup Water

Blend all ingredients except water in Vitamix. Slowly add water. *Soak cashews for 15 minutes if desired.

Pour filling into pressed crust and refrigerate until solid (a couple of hours) I keep mine in the freezer for a cool ice creamy treat. Top with raspberries.

About Me

Kristin Fraser is a speaker and consultant on natural health, including food preparation workshops and nutritional seminars. Offering you insightful information on leading a healthier, happier life.

 

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