A huge weight off my shoulders

[donotprint] I’ve started reading again! And not just text books which I actually haven’t been doing any enough of of late! For once I’m not stressing about it, in fact I find myself stressing a hell of lot less these days. I’ve gotten in to a nice routine, I feel like I’m making the most of my days, fitting all that I want in and even if I don’t I’m ok with it! Smile

I have a whole new sense of clarity this week having begun reading The Happiness Project! It took me about 5 or 6 pages before I was sold. I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy in to it, if perhaps it would be a little to airy fairy for my liking or if it would manage to hold my attention.

I had been feeling a little burdened but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was holding me down or back so to speak. Sometimes it’s what’s right in front of you, something which can quite easily be shifted, altered or entirely blasted out of the way that appears as a hazy fog that clouds the way forward.

And there’s me saying the book might have been a bit too airy fairy for my like Winking smile

I’m not going to review the book from a readers perspective but as doer/followers one. I’m whole heartedly embracing the advice/suggestions and ready to make improvements to my life and give myself every opportunity of happiness in the process.

The first chapter focuses on energy, something which I have quite an abundance of at times though I think it tends to be adrenalin fuelled rather than a sustained inner energy. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has in the past at least had a tendency to look for the magic pill, the instant energy boost without any of the effort or lifestyle changes that were actually called for. I suppose it’s comparable to the quick fix diet solution; it works in the short term but it’s the changes that we can sustain over a lifetime that will make a real difference to not only our health but our happiness!

First item on my list, one which I’d been putting off truly tackling for longer than I care to admit was cleaning my room. The hub of activity and sleep which had become overwhelming crowded…from clothes, shoes, kitchenware, food supplies, every nut butter under the sun to daylight photography lights and a whole heap of scarfs, quite literally…they were overtaking all space. I had no idea of the weight the whole lot was actually creating on my shoulders, the affect the mess was having on my sleep, energy, ability to concentrate and perform optimally.

I spent 3 hours cleaning, got rid of 6 large rubbish bags full of mainly clothes and now have a room that is not only clean and clear of clutter, I feel like I’ve decluttered my life and my head space. I felt such a sense of accomplishment and literally like I could finally take on the world and tackle all the other little nagging things on my to do list. And that’s just what I’ve been doing all week since! Tick tick tick…and let me tell you it feels fantastic!!!

Other changes I’ve been making to improve my energy – some with greater success than others!

  • Turning my laptop off at least half an hour before sleep – I’m working towards an hour!
  • Putting all books, notes and the laptop in their designated place before sleeping – allowing me to truly switch off!
  • Pulling my blinds and turning off all lights in the room including the en suite before sleeps! I’m a sucker for falling asleep with the lamp on or even leaving the TV on even though I know it means I wake up feeling incredibly disorientated!
  • Truly relaxing at least once a week by indulging in a deep muscle relaxing bath.
  • Taking spirulina – I can’t say I’m feeling the benefits just yet but I’m giving it a full week to assess the difference in my energy particularly around working out. I’ve a new product to review this coming week!
  • Sleeping in for the extra hour on the mornings that I can and going to bed an hour earlier for those mornings that I can’t! I’m aiming for a minimum of 8 hours sleep a night. It’s just getting in to habit of switching off that bit earlier and not leaping out of bed because I feel I should be up and about doing something.
  • Simply bringing down my night time snack dish, mug and glass to the kitchen first thing in the morning rather than leaving it sitting there until the evening – it makes such a difference!

Something which I haven’t done yet but plan to do over the coming couple of weeks is to go for a deep tissue massage both for tension relief and subsequent energy release..or so I’m anticipating!

And all the while I’ve been teasing you with pancake pictures! Fuelling myself with an amazing breakfast post workout, something that tastes delicious and is nutritiously rich for me is one of the most important aspects of my day. That first meal of the day sets up for the day and nothing makes me feel happier and more energised than a stack of beautiful pancakes. Especially those which are loaded with banana and extra protein…thanks to SunWarrior!

Light fluffy banana protein pancakes topped with my latest discovery…white cashew butter! Seriously this stuff tastes like white chocolate…I’m in love – it is truly delicious on top of one of the raspberry chocolate chip peanut butter scones! The Organic Monki Nut Butters are so unique. Just whole nuts and seeds and the occasional addition of salt. The Happy Pear are now stocking an even greater range of them much to my delight.

Anyone else instantly start singing this song in their head when they make banana pancakes? Every time and the whole day after Smile  [/donotprint]

Banana Protein Buckwheat Pancakes (vegan & gluten free)

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Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 8-10 minutes

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1/3 cup (40g) wholegrain buckwheat flour
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 small ripe banana mashed
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) almond milk

Toppings

  • 2 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1 tsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
  • 1/2 a small banana sliced – optional
  • Blackberries – optional
  • Mint to garnish

Directions

  1. Mix together all pancake ingredients and blend to smooth puree using a hand blender.
  2. Cook 1/3 cup measures of the batter in a large pan/skillet over a medium heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the edges firm up and the centres bubble before flipping and cooking for a further 4-5 minutes.
  3. Serve pancakes piled high topped with cashew butter and sprinkled with chia seeds and coconut, sliced banana and blackberries on the side!

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6 Comments

  1. congrats on your cleaning triumph! my therapist says in all the time she’s known me, i’ve always always felt loads better after cleaning out house. it seriously feels like such a weight off your shoulders. its a bit hard these days, living with a packrat boyfriend though! (and myself of course)

  2. I totally know what you mean about the whole cleaning your room thing! I often let mine go so long that I can’t even stand to be in there and do work anymore! Once I clean it up and get rid of the clutter, get stuff off my desk and floor, I always feel so much better. On a side note – those pancakes look yuuuumy! 🙂