Hello Journal & Friends,
Yesterday I went to the dentist. Oh joy. But I hadn't been there in about 7 months, and it WAS fun when she told me that she noticed right away that I was losing weight. :-D
Naturally, she asked what I was doing... and I just said that basically I stopped eating sugar and flour, and left it at that.
I mean really... how do you make a sound-bite answer that would include the fact that it's not a diet, that you must change your whole way of thinking? That this is a spiritual, mental, emotional AND physical journey?? My dentist is a tiny thing, so I didn't bother.
But then I found it funny that after I said that I stopped eating sugar and flour, she look horrified, and with big round eyes asked "but how do you do THAT??" I laughed, and answered... "You decide."
And the more I thought of my simplistic answer, the more I realized that, while I was just being flippant in the moment, it really IS true. For whatever method each of us chooses, that really IS the key. There is no magic fairy dust... no secret formula.
We must each reach that point where what we WANT to be means more to us than what we have been settling for... and DECIDE to change.
She went on to ask how on earth you can live without eating stuff like bread and cookies and such. I didn't go much into the answer, other than to say there are all kinds of things to use as substitutes.
Some people do just fine eating any and everything in moderation. For others there are reasons, sometimes medical, that they are healthier without eating certain things. For me, it's sugar/flour stuff.
So today, for Friday Favorites, I decided to share my MOST EXCELLENT recipe for sugar-free, flour-free Peanut Butter Cookies.
I didn't invent it... just adapted it from one floating around the interwebs. Feel free to change out ingredients if you don't have one, or just want a different taste.
Rettakat's Most Excellent PB Cookie
1 cup peanut butter (I use Adams natural pb, the kind with no sugar)
2/3 cup sweetener of your choice (I use 1/3 cup splenda, 1/3 cup xylitol, and 1/16 teaspoon white stevia powder)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Chia seeds (they are so good for you, and I look for ways to use them)
10 drops Peanut Butter flavored Capella Flavor Drops (I like my cookies super peanuty flavored)
Mix all ingredients together. Make ping pong ball sized balls of dough (this is easy when you use a little cookie scooper, the kind that looks like a small ice cream scooper).
Place on cookie sheet (I use a silpat) and flatten with a fork, making that cute criss cross design.
Optional: I sprinkle a little xylitol on top of each cookie before baking; it gives that crystalized sugar topping effect)
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes. Take out and let cool on a rack. They are delicate at first, but will firm up as they cool. To me, they taste best after they have been refrigerated, and they freeze great!
I make them up, then keep them in the freezer, and only take one out at a time.
(my latest batch of PB cookies; I just noticed
I got the criss, but forgot the cross, ha ha ha)
From Dr Phil's book: "You have within you everything you will ever need to be, do, and have, anything and everything you will ever want and need."
My verse for today: "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."
My quote for today: 'Peanut butter is the pate' of childhood." --Florence Fabricant
Enjoy the Journey,