For the next five days, I am doing a mini series on self love.
If you would like to see a video of me talking about this whole topic, hop on over to my Facebook page now for this funny, but really real talk from me to you.
I think the best place to start is what exactly is self love? It does seem to be a buzz word out there, and with so many definitions, I have come up with my own:
Falling in love with everything I am, making friends with my body,
and extending the same kindness to myself as I do others.
So why should you care about this topic, right now, in February? As soon as we get close to this month, everyone becomes consumed with the perfect date. With getting taken on a date, something happening to you, getting the right gifts, it is well, very distracting. When, I truly believe everything you need is inside of you. I have seen in my own life, through a lot of trials, and hard work, that my showing myself a little love, a little care, a little compassion I have had:
- more energy, happiness, fufillment
- direction in life
- honestly, a little less stress about weight, size, not the right job, or not good enough for relationships
–> A confident woman is a beautiful woman
Are you saying sign me up? Or are you a little skeptical still… like seriously girl it can’t be that easy. Well you would be right because it isn’t. Probably why we chose to try to obtain love from outside of them instead of working on themselves first.
This brings me to our first step in the process of loving yourself.
Practice. Self Love is a verb. You have to do it, it doesn’t happen to you or is given to you. Check in with yourself daily and see what you need. Have a list of self care habits that you can pick from daily, things that make you feel better, calm your nerves, or relax you. Maybe something like an epsom salt bath, lighting candles, or cooking a great meal. I have another post here where I talk about self care and give you a list of my favourite 25 things I do to show myself a little love, just to get your own list started.
And here is another one, from my book, since cooking/baking is one of my ways to self care, a new recipe for a special Valentine’s day truffle. Dairy free, low sugar, and completely compliant with the autoimmune paleo protocol. Say what?!? So if you are a woman like me that loves chocolate, then you will love this recipe. It works well with carob if you are on the elimination diet, or if you can introduce seeds, then maybe try the cocoa powder. You should be able to find the coconut milk powder at your natural health food store, or I bought mine from vita cost. I used cute little heart molds and a pan as this recipe does make a lot of little truffles. Either way, make a little for yourself, and share a little love.
- ⅓ c coconut butter
- ⅓ c coconut oil
- ⅓ c honey
- ⅓ c pumpkin puree
- 3 tbsp coconut milk powder
- ¼ c cocoa (or carob if on stage 1 AIP)
- sea salt for dusting
- Over medium heat, melt the first three ingredients, stirring constantly
- Remove from heat.
- Using an emersion blender, add the next three ingredients and slowly blend
- Mixture will thicken as it cools and change colour.
- Spoon into greased molds
- Sprinkly lightly with the sea slat
- Place in fridge for at least two hours before serving.
Le the know if you try these truffles. I would love to hear your ideas and ways you show yourself a little love. .
*This post was shared on AIP Roundtable #155 at Phoenix Helix