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NOTE: This is a long and intense read, but I really need you to spend time with it because it can change your life. I know because it changed mine.

I’m often asked to develop meal plans by well-intentioned, eager individuals. I have to be honest with you…I cringe just a little bit upon each request. And here’s why.

When I was in the throes of my three-year battle with binge eating disorder, the one thing I had plenty of, was meal plans. The calories, carbs, protein, and fat were meticulously calculated to guarantee balance and nutrition. But guess what? Not one of those meal plans saved me from binging on junk food later in the day. Not one!

Has this ever happened to you?

Picture this: You come home from work starving. Because you just went shopping for all of the foods on your perfectly laid out meal plan, the refrigerator is full of fruits, vegetables, hummus, and hard-boiled eggs, and you are beyond armed to handle the situation. Hell, you even cleaned the vegetables and portioned them into individual baggies for easy access. 

But…you remember there’s a fresh bag of potato chips in the pantry, which by the way are NOT part of your perfect meal plan. Did I mention that potato chips just happened to be one of your favorite foods in the whole world? 

Your intentions are pure, you have a world-class meal plan in hand, and you are convinced you have enough “willpower” to get you through this “weak” moment. So there you are, faced with raw veggies and hummus in one hand, and a bag of potato chips in the other. Remember, you are starving. Which one do you choose? Come on…it’s just me and you, so you can be honest. Which one do you choose? 

Listen, no meal plan in the world will save you from the ocean of tempting foods thrown in your face nearly every time you turn your head.

You need more than a meal plan. If you want to succeed at living a healthy life for the long haul, you need to turn inward.

Turn inward? What does that even mean and what exactly are you supposed to be looking for when you turn inward? 

It means tapping into your inner strength– what I call peace. Make no mistake, no matter how out-of-control your life is, like a candle flame that never extinguishes, perfect peace is in you, always burning bright. But you don’t always see it.

Accessing your peace at any given moment is not only possible, it is your duty if you wish to live in harmony with food and make wise choices to support your health. It’s the only thing that will truly get you through a “weak” moment. And you know what? These moments aren’t even weak- that’s just a word we use to label it because we don’t have the proper tools to handle the situation. That all changes today, because I am giving you that tool right now. And guess what? It won’t cost you a single cent.

How to access your strength and peace

Lack of presence is the only thing preventing you from claiming this gift that is your birthright, yet the present moment is something available to us all.

To enter the doorway into presence, where all of your power rests, all you have to do is take one single conscious breath. That’s it!

If you stop and think about it, this really makes sense doesn’t it? You can’t breathe in the past or future; you can only breathe in the present moment. So the more conscious breaths you take– particularly upon making a food choice or other decision impacting your wellbeing– the more present you become. And with this, comes the gift of peace.

Let’s go even deeper…

To help you really tap into the endless supply of peace that is waiting for you, I would like to take this one step further. Let’s bring your peace to life with a visual image.

Imagine a bright, colorful light resting inside of you called your “light of peace.” My light of peace is pink-lavender, a color similar to those magical sunsets that only grace our presence every once in great while. Whenever I witness this type of glorious sunset, I always enter into a state of deep serenity. Think of a color that evokes feelings of serenity deep within you– this is the color of your light of peace.

As you practice the art of taking a fully conscious breath in and out, picture your light of peace filling your entire body and then extending beyond your body in every direction. Feel it as it washes over you, bathing your entire body in the warmth of its loving protection. Nothing can penetrate it or disturb you– not a bag of potato chips, demanding boss, overbooked schedule, or annoying in-law. 

Everything is possible in this state of full presence, as it is here you are connected to who you really are– your higher Self.

How do I handle negative emotions? I am human after all!

Negative emotions that trigger you to devour that pint of strawberry ice cream in the freezer, are caused by remembering a past experience or anticipating a future event. But neither one really exists in the moment.

When you experience any number of negative emotional states, like despair or doubt, it is necessary to lift the veil and discover the peace that is waiting for you. You do this by closing your eyes and taking a long, slow, deep breath in and out.

You have now entered into the present moment, where your light of peace fills your entire body. In this moment, all is well. You have no worries, only peace. You are now in the right frame of mind to face that ice cream and make a conscious choice whether or not it is worthy of going into your body.

Do you understand the simplicity of what I am suggesting to you? 

Stop making things so difficult for yourself. If you want to put an end to the ridiculous search for a solution and actually DO the work that will carry you through any situation, turn inward and seek no further. The irony is, it is the furthest thing from work. It is tapping into something that has been waiting for you all along. 

If you want another perfectly calorie-counted meal plan, go online and search for it. There are plenty out there for free. Could you use nutritional guidance? Of course! I have no problem with teaching people how to form balanced meals and offer them healthy and tasty recipes. That’s what my weekly blog posts are for!

Now hear this…

The peace you long for–that you believe is missing in your life– never went anywhere! It isn’t something you achieve some day, after you’ve found the perfect meal plan, lost those twenty pounds, and lowered your cholesterol. It is never ending and always available…when you are allowing it.

What are you afraid of? That you just might find the solution you’ve been seeking all of these years? 

Mel’s weekly food pick:
I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa Hot Cereal

Looking for a hot cereal that isn’t oatmeal? Seek no further! 🙂 I’ve become a huge fan of I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa Hot Cereal. Think ‘Cream of Wheat’ in consistency, but with the nutritional benefits of quinoa.

Those looking to avoid grains and gluten in their diet can benefit from including quinoa, as it is technically a seed (it only looks like a grain).

Quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acid that our body can’t make on its own– this is quite rare for a plant-based food. I prefer my quinoa hot cereal on the savory side by adding leftover roasted vegetables, diced avocado and hard boiled egg, sliced almonds, grass fed butter, sea salt and pepper. If this sounds good to you, check out my weekly recipe pick below for Savory Hot Breakfast Cereal (that’s not oatmeal).

Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Savory Hot Breakfast Cereal (that’s  not oatmeal)

Are you bored with the same old tired bowl of oatmeal for breakfast? Looking to mix things up a bit? Then you are going to love this recipe. Rather than oatmeal, it incorporates I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa Hot Cereal, a flaked quinoa that cook up in a mere minute and has the consistency of Cream of Wheat. 

I’ve found that when I make my hot cereal savory, it tends to have more staying power and hunger seems to stay away for at least a good four hours. Why savory? Because you can easily add protein-rich foods like eggs or chicken and creamy textures like butter and avocado. You can also sneak in a serving of vegetables by mixing in leftover roasted vegetables from last night’s dinner. (HINT: Always roast more vegetables than you will eat for dinner so you will have leftovers for your savory breakfast!) 

Quinoa is technically a seed, which makes this recipe grain and gluten-free!

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Savory Hot Breakfast Cereal (that's not oatmeal)
I prefer my hot cereal on the savory side by adding leftover roasted vegetables, diced avocado and hard boiled egg, sliced almonds, grass fed butter, sea salt and pepper. You could also substitute leftover chicken for the egg--it's just as yummy and filling! This recipe is grain and gluten free. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa Hot Cereal
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold or Organic Valley
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds Toast the almonds for extra flavor!
  • 1 organic free-range egg, hard boiled and diced
  • 1 cup leftover roasted vegetables, heated Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and onions all taste amazing in savory cereal. Take your pick!
  • sea and pepper to taste
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup I Heart Keenwah Toasted Quinoa Hot Cereal
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold or Organic Valley
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds Toast the almonds for extra flavor!
  • 1 organic free-range egg, hard boiled and diced
  • 1 cup leftover roasted vegetables, heated Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and onions all taste amazing in savory cereal. Take your pick!
  • sea and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place quinoa and water in a microwave-safe bowl, stir until combined. Heat in microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  2. Stir in butter, sea salt and pepper. Top with roasted vegetables, egg, almonds, and avocado. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 22 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Sodium: 525 mg; Potassium: 790 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 33 g; Dietary fiber: 12 g; Net Carbohydrates: 21 grams; Sugar:  3 g; Protein: 13 g

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