I don’t know about yours but my mom gives some pretty good advice. I feel fortunate that we have the kind of relationship where I can just pick up the phone, give her a call and know I’ll have an ear to vent to followed up by the best advice I could ask for (I still don’t know how she’s always right). Not surprisingly she’s always able to put things into perspective for me and be there with a welcoming shoulder to cry on. Even as an adult at 32 years old I still find myself going to my mom for answers. Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed by a situation it’s nice to know she will be there to balance things out for me when I can’t quite find the ability to do so on my own. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.
Just the other day as I was, typical me, venting about life’s events (sorry Mom if I reiterate the same things over and over) she, in her all-knowing, Mom-has-all-of-the-answers kind of way said, “…you should never walk on eggshells for anyone or anything…just be yourself…” or something along those lines. My goldfish-esque memory really knows when to tuck away imperative information (sigh). Regardless, the term egg-shells was used and yes I am known to walk on them. With that being said, the more I thought about this habit of mine the more I realized how much it has been detracting me from being myself. The real me. The one who doesn’t care what people think if I say the wrong thing. The one who doesn’t hesitate to express my true feelings. The one who doesn’t need approval from others. Or the one who doesn’t feel like she has to try extra hard for people to like her. Why am I caring so much? Why am I letting all of this valuable energy be sucked from my being just to seek acceptance from others? Rather, shouldn’t I be seeking it from within? I realized in various aspects of my life I’ve been tiptoeing across these fragile moments in hopes that I will be and say just the right things to avoid failure, heartbreak or worse rejection. Though, regardless I AM seeking that strength in the wrong places and little did I realize all along that, I actually already have it. You already have it. Everyone already has it. It’s just a matter of recognizing that it’s not only there but it’s STRONGER than you believe it to be. So strong that once acknowledged it will come bursting through the seams and ready to take action. That action being that you can stomp, not tiptoe, across those very same eggshells. You can be you, the REAL you, the one you should be. The one who can embrace his/her flaws and celebrate every ounce of unfunny joke you make, every moment you wish to uninhibitedly express your feelings, every embarrassing trip off of a curb on a busy street, (for the women) running out the house WITHOUT makeup or hair done and still feeling beautiful, (for the men) being able to approach a woman to ask for her number and NOT be afraid you’ll stumble over your words and get a big, fat NO, just to be able to be YOU and not the you that you think everyone will like better. I guarantee it that they won’t. Sometimes we all just need that little voice as a reminder, in my case my mom, to help us believe in ourselves and everything that we are. There isn’t a better version of you floating around out there somewhere. The best version is the one that deep down inside wants nothing more than YOUR acceptance and the okay to just be free.
As I’ve stated in other posts turmeric is one of my favorite superfoods. Since I live an active lifestyle, it has become a staple in my diet as it contains properties that combat inflammation within the body. With this in mind, it’s helpful in post recovery after lifting weights and running. Turmeric also aids in digestion so it makes a great compliment to any meal. Studies have also shown it to relieve symptoms from rheumatoid arthritis and cystic fibrosis. So, if you don’t already include this wonderful superfood into your diet here’s a simple and delicious smoothie recipe to get you started!
Healing Turmeric Smoothie
- 1 c unsweetened almond milk (can sub non-dairy milk of choice)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 c fresh or frozen pineapple
- 1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder (or any vanilla protein powder of choice)
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2- 1 tsp tsp turmeric (adjust according to taste)
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Enjoy immediately!
Tip: this smoothie makes a great smoothie bowl base as well! Just add in one extra banana and reduce the almond milk to 1/2 cup. Top with your favorite gluten-free granola, nuts, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, fresh fruit or whatever heathy add-ins you have on hand!