Healthy Peanut Butter Cups!

I promise... I'm not kidding.

- 1 T coconut oil, melted
- 2 T chocolate Shakeology
- 1 T peanut butter

1. Mix half of the coconut oil with half of the Shakeology. Make sure to really get all of the Shakeology incorporated.
2. Pour the mix into cupcake liners in a cupcake pan that will fit in your freezer (I like using the mini ones!). The amount you pour into each liner is up to you! Just make sure you have a good, complete layer.
3. Freeze for about 5 minutes / until solid.
4. Heat up your favorite peanut butter for a few seconds and pour on top of your frozen coconut oil / Shakeology layer and put your cupcake pan back in the freezer for another 5 minutes or until solid.
5. Last step! Mix the second half of your coconut oil and Shakeology and layer it into each cup. Freeze again for another 5 minutes / until solid.


Two sides, one coin

There's this coin that's been flip-flopping on social media over the past couple of years that seems to be so filled with emotion that we're forgetting that we're arguing about two sides of the same coin. 

Side one: You should love your body and yourself the way you are and expect others to do the same. 
Side two: You should work to be healthier and happier than you are today. 

Can you take a step back with me and take another look at this? Let's think about this in terms of someone we love besides our own selves. 

Do we love them the way they are? Of course we do! 
Do we want them to be their happiest and healthy selves? Absolutely!
Do we know that they do have flaws they could improve on to be their happiest and healthy selves? Yeah, we usually do.
Do we love them anyway? You bet!

So why can't we treat ourselves the same way? We can love ourselves and yet work on being happier and healthier! 

So here comes the tough love:

There's a difference between healthy curves and unhealthy extra weight. 
There's a difference between wallowing in self-hate or pity and motivating yourself to improve. 
There's a difference between being jealous of what others have and being inspired by the health and lives of those around you.

To truly love yourself means taking care of yourself. It means taking care of your life and taking the steps you need to be the badass you really are. It means acknowledging that there's a difference between "I love myself and you can't tell me I'm overweight -- just love my curves" and "I love myself and I deserve to be healthy so I'm going to talk with my doctor about my health and a plan to make that happen".

Love, whether it's love for ourselves, our significant others, our families, or our friends, is about action and doing. Why can't we do for ourselves like we do for others. 

I know it's not easy -- trust me, I was the captain of the "I hate and pity myself" bus for a while there -- but it is so worth it. Take hold of that coin (both sides of it) and tell remember that truly loving yourself is about taking care of yourself. Then take a deep breath, smile, and take a step forward. Keep doing that more days than not and you'll find your healthiest and happiest self every day. 

If that isn't true love, I don't know what is!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!

It's not that tough, I promise!

Just grab all of that^^ and do this:

And last but not least...

We all need a pick-me-up from time to time, right?

You are amazing.
You are loved. 
You are going to do incredible things today!!

As parents, we do our best to raise our children to be amazing people who will be able to do great things for the world, right? How can we expect them to learn that their health matters too? Set the example and don't use them as a "noble excuse" to not take the time for yourself. Show them that they'll always be worth taking care of themselves by allowing yourself to do the same!
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