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Mental Health Talk: 3% Love and Peace

I have been naturally growing and moving away from the compulsive desire to share (on the internet/social media) and to be seen/validated by strangers, or even people that I do know. That is one of the reasons this blog has sort of sputtered… However, it’s the third time I open the editor to write this post; I really feel a call to do it. So I’m giving in. 🙂

This is a gentle reminder about making the best choice we can when we feel pain, nerves, anger, frustration, stinging nostalgia, etc. Anything heavy. So much of all of those feelings is not by choice or intended to happen at any moment by us.

Most of the experience of emotional pain feels as though it’s just happening to us, especially in the moment. Even if in truth there are frames we use to see the world that affect how much something might affect us, that knowledge is not useful in the moment, once the feelings are in.

But even in moments of overwhelm, when it feels like every inch of our emotional plane is under assault by a feeling that is completely outside of our control, we can look for the sliver of space, just a crack. One millimeter of space is enough… This is where we can respond.

By placing our power in the sliver of space, by focusing on cultivating love and peace in that tiny part of us where we have control, we can coexist with our emotions while allowing them to run their course.

My experience with working within the sliver of space, the 3% of my emotional space, has been that eventually, the intensity of the 97% diminishes and what’s left is the peace and love.

Try not to judge yourself and just understand that we are each born within family, friendship and social systems that indoctrinate us with a variety of thought-patterns. Some of them create pain… It’s okay. All you need to build your peace is space as wide as a single strand of hair.

 

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The Only Way I Can Eat Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are nutritious and a source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, and protein. But for me, they’re not easy to eat. You could put them in a glass of water or juice and then quickly down the whole thing before the seeds soak and form their gelatinous shell. But a much better way is to make a chia seed pudding bowl.

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This is a great breakfast option, especially if you’ve done a workout beforehand—since it can be just a tad high in calories. It’s crunchy, thanks to the granola, and the fruit is sweet and nutritious.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup plant milk (I used soy)
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract (I doubled this because I love vanilla!)

Note that 1/4 cup of chia seeds contains 280 calories. So if you want to (or need to based on your dietary habits) save on some of those pesky little things, consider halving the pudding recipe, or even cutting a quarter (3 tbsp of chia seeds blended with 3/4 cup milk).

Once you have your ingredients, go ahead and blend them for a minute or two. You’ll want to blend on the highest setting possible. And that’s it—that’s your chia seed pudding! But that’s not where the magic starts (or ends) for me… I personally don’t love the texture of chia seed pudding. So the toppings make all of the difference for me, and the most important, non-negotiable one is about a 1/4 cup of granola. Getting a bit of the granola crunch with every spoonful makes all the difference.

[If you do not have a blender, you do not need one! Put the ingredients in a container and shake, then place in the fridge for a couple of hours; the seeds will expand and absorb the milk. Just make sure to mix everything really well before leaving it to set in order to avoid clumps.]

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Today, in addition to the granola, I added cup banana and thawed wild blueberries. But you could add any combination of complementary fruits that you would like. And then to finish, you can top the whole thing with just a little bit of sweetener. I used one tablespoon of maple syrup.

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This bowl was seriously such a treat! Even though chia seed pudding is one of those uber healthy, health-nut type snacks/meals/foods, incorporating the proper textures and flavours can make a world of difference.

There are so many ways of making the pudding and this is by far my favourite. I’ve seen lots of recipes that recommend simply blending everything together, including the fruits. But having the fruits as a topping just makes this less of a boring meal and provides some variation with each spoonful.

In whatever way you can, consider adding chia seeds to your diet. They are considered a “functional” food, thanks in large part to their fibre content, which can help lower cholesterol and improve digestion. You deserve to protect yourself against cardiovascular diseases while warding off gastrointestinal problems (and remember that simple irregularity can increase your chances of developing colorectal cancers!).

It would make me so happy if you tried this recipe and then let me know what you think! Do this for you.