Sunday, July 15, 2012

Confession, Popsicles, and a Vow

Hey everyone.

I have a confession to make. *hangs head*

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I cheated on my diet yesterday. I did. And I'm sick of cheating, because every time I regret it.

You know all those stories of people who decided to go raw or go vegan and never turned back again? Yeah. Doesn't happen to everybody. I'm exhibit A to prove that.

But, as I'm encouraging myself right now, I also encourage you guys. I encourage you not to give up, even if you fell this weekend, or even kept falling all week. Change is a hard thing. It doesn't wait for you to be ready. You have to be strong and pull yourself right back up...

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And eat a sin-free, raw vegan popsicle. :)



Cheered you up, didn't I? :)

Today, I'm sharing a refreshing and satisfying popsicle recipe that will please kids and adults alike... especially the adults. ;)

This is a mango-colada popsicle. Very unique, and very delicious. A great combo of sweet, indulgent mango, refreshing coconut water, tangy lime, and creamy banana .



Mango-Colada Popsicle
Makes 3-4 popsicles
Ingredients:
* 1 mango, peeled and sliced roughly
* 1 cup coconut water (fresh is best!!)
* 3/4 frozen banana (doesn't have to be frozen)
* small piece of pineapple (totally optional)
* 2 Tbsp. agave nectar or other sweetener
* 1/2 lime
* pinch of salt
Directions:
1) Blend all ingredients in your Vitamix blender until smooth and creamy.
2) Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
3) Freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight. Tastes best if you enjoy it outside in the hot sun. :)

HEY! This would also make a fantastic mango granita as well (granitas are the easiest elegant summer dessert you can make). Just add one more tablespoon of agave to the mixture. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy, just as before, but this time pour into a tupperware and place in freezer. After 1 hour, take out, and scratch at the mixture with a fork. Stick back in, and do this cycle for 3 or 4 more hours or until the whole mixture is composed of fluffy ice crystals. For maximum effect, serve in crystal bowls or even margarita glasses (NO I DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, it's just an idea) and garnish with raspberries, lime slices, pineapple slices, and/or strawberries.

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I'm serious about cheering yourself up. The worst thing you can do when you're down is to beat yourself up even more, cuz guess what happens when you do that? You go down even lower, and are even more likely to give it all up. I know this from experience, because I struggled with beating myself up in my mind and giving my self negative criticism whenever I messed up. That's not the way to do it, ladies and gentlemen. Now, you see, cheering yourself up is the best way. First, give yourself a positive, constructive criticism. 1) Admit you were wrong in doing what you did, 2) forgive yourself, and 3) think of realistic ways for you to fix the problem. Have your long term goal in mind (mine is to be 90% raw, hence my website name), and then take a small step forward. I call it a vow. Make sure it is realistic, and reachable for you.
Here's a good example for someone who wishes to start going raw but doesn't know where to start:

I vow to make all my desserts raw from now on. 


I know, that is definitely not perfect. There's so  much more you can do. But it's a step forward, and better than doing everything all at once. Once you master that first vow, you can make another one, saying that you will eat at least one vegetable every meal, or something like that.
Anyway, here's a bad example of a vow:

I vow to get all sugar off my diet, stop eating any meat from this point forward, stop eating eggs every morning, stop eating after 4:00, and start having only juice and nuts for breakfast.


Even if you are super duper determined to do a vow like that, it will be hard to follow through because it's just too much stuff to focus on. Your body will go nuts, trust me. Do one of those vows at a time, and you are much more likely to succeed. I know it's hard, and you may want to improve your health immedieately, but it will pay off later on if you are patient now, and take things one step at a time. To build a strong foundation, you do it slowly and there are no shortcuts.

Ok, my turn. Here's my new vow. I'm serious.

I, Natalyn Rodriguez, vow to stop cheating on my vegan lifestyle from now on.

There, said it. And this vow is realistic for me because I have been vegan for a while now and have only cheated on some weekends. I just made a vow to be a strict vegan. If I had been a hard-core meat eater or even an eggs-and-milk-loving vegetarian, it would have been unrealistic to suddenly stop like this. It's better to set small goals, as I said earlier.

Anyway, you get the idea. :)

After you say your vow/make your goal, you cheer yourself up with something special you enjoy. Since I enjoy talking to you guys and cooking up deliciousness in the kitchen, I made that popsicle recipe for everyone to enjoy. And guess what? I'm cheered up, and encouraged to start my week anew. :) Great, isn't it?

One more word of advice. If you immediately mess up after making your REALISTIC vow, or are afraid you can't do it, here 's some stuff you can do that will definitely help:
* Have accountability buddies, not just one. The more you have, the more embarrassed you'll be if you cheat in front of them.
* Share your newfound diet belief (but do not, I mean DO NOT force your diet down their throat). Tell your family and friends about it. Share a sweet, healthy treat with them, or make a lovely vegan appetizer for your friend's upcoming party, (etc.).
* If you're craving a cream cake... make a vegan cream cake! The point of this is that there is such thing as substitutions and you don't have to give up everything from your SAD (standard American Diet). Heck, I've seen recipes for bacon made from eggplants! If that's possible, what isn't?

Overall, here is my message: Understand that you are not perfect, forgive yourself, and fix the problem one vow at a time, keeping the long-term goal always in mind.. And I guarantee you will inspire at least someone out there to change his or her life for the better.

Love you guys.

~ Natalyn <3 <3 <3

P.S. I've said this warning before, but I'm gonna say it again: I am not here to substitute your doctor. If you do want to go on a raw diet or change your whole lifestyle to a raw or vegan lifestyle, I recommend you first talk to your doctor about it, especially if you have any health problems like diabetes or heart disease.




2 comments:

  1. An easy way to stop cheating: Remember that there are people who have no choice, and there is no such thing as "half way" or "cheat day". Hold your ground for the people that dont have a choice :-) Love you, Natalyn. You're doing great!!! :-D

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  2. Thanks, Paige. This meant a lot!! <3 love you too, and I'll remember this advice next time in tempted. :)

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