Get FREE tips and tiny slices of motivation to help you live a healthier life...without giving up chocolate!

Maybe you’re not ready

June 28th, 2018 | no comments

Plus:

  • Mel’s weekly product pick:
    Tahini
  • Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
    OMG! Hummus

A few weeks ago, I ran into a friend while grocery shopping. Well, actually he is a past client who turned into a friend— a special kind of person who just radiates positive energy…the kind you can literally feel!

I can’t help but smile when I think of how far Josh has come in his quest for a healthy body. My heart smiles as I reminisce about that cool fall morning when he marched into my office with the following proclamation:

“My doctor just diagnosed me with diabetes and I am not going down like that! Tell me what I have to do to turn this thing around, and I’ll do it!”

I was a bit taken aback by his insistence, yet part of me—if I’m being honest—thought: Yeah, yeah, yeah- I’ve heard this song and dance before. Let’s see how long you stick to your guns.

We engaged in an hour-long coaching session, set some goals, and off he went to “reverse his diabetes”. 

I kept in touch with Josh periodically over the next few months, and then one day out of the blue, he knocked on my office door and entered with a larger-than-life smile.

Well coach, you’ll never believe it! Three months ago my hemoglobin A1C (a blood test used to diagnose diabetes) was in the 9s and today, it’s a 6.1! 

I leapt up from my chair and hugged him tighter than I’ve ever hugged anyone before. He did it! And guess what? This was back in early 2017…today Josh has managed to lower his A1C to that of a non-diabetic. 

There was something in his eyes that I’ve seen very few times before—a radiance of sorts. As if it came from a place far beyond this earthly plane. The only fitting word that can come close to describing it is…grace. And I knew he would never turn back to his old ways.

I am fascinated by this man’s perseverance. He said he was going to do it, and he did. When I asked Josh what drove him to this level of self-improvement despite all the temptations and excuses that are so easy to lean on when times get tough (i.e. “I don’t have the time”, “I’m too tired to exercise”, “I hate the taste of food that is good for me!”, etc.), he said:

“I was ready.”

Then he proceeded to say the most brilliant and succinct words I’ve ever heard come out of any human being:

“You know Melanie…sometimes the clown has to finish his act.”  

I paused for a second to really let his words sink in, then belted out a loud roar of laughter at the absolute benign simplicity of his statement: Sometimes the clown has to finish his act. In other words, sometimes you aren’t ready…and that’s OK. 

Even though your habits many not be serving your health, you’ll make a change when you are ready. And when you know, you know. When you reach this state of readiness, watch out! It will literally feel like you’re being shot out of a motivation cannon.

My only hope is that you don’t wait until it’s too late, because not all conditions are reversible. But again, your readiness is not up to me. 

Before he left my office, Josh said something that I’ll never forget:

“Everyone has a vote. You just have to ask yourself: ‘Am I worth it?'”

So let me ask you: Have you finished your act? Are you ready to cast your vote?

 

Mel’s weekly product pick:
Tahini

You’ve heard of almond butter and peanut butter, right? I think it’s time you met sesame seed butter…also known as tahini. 

Tahini is simply a paste made of ground sesame seeds. It’s found in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes and can be used to make hummus, served by itself as a dip, as a healthy fat for smoothies, spread on sandwiches or wraps, as a salad dressing, or combined with dates and cashews in a food processor to make a nutritious energy ball snack (check out this simple recipe). 

I like Artisana Organics Raw Tahini because it has only one ingredient…you guessed it, sesame seeds! Whichever brand you choose, make sure it’s made with sesame seeds and nothing else. Also, you’ll have to give it a really good stir before using because—just like natural peanut butter and almond butter— the oil tends to settle at the top. 

Use tahini to make this week’s recipe pick: OMG! Hummus. If you love hummus, you will totally adore this recipe!

Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
OMG! Hummus

This simple and clean hummus recipe leaves me wondering if I’ll ever use the store-bought kind again! Made with canned chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini (sesame seed butter), extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and cumin, OMG! Hummus is creamy and dreamy with just the right amount of zing.  

Use it as a:

  • Dip for raw veggies
  • Topping for your pizza
  • Filling for avocados or deviled eggs
  • Substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream

Or… try it as a “dressing” for your salad. Lately I’ve been topping my green salads with a couple tablespoons of hummus and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Bottled salad dressings no longer please my palate since I’ve come up with this newfound excuse to eat more hummus.

Feel free to add other toppings to your OMG! Hummus, such as a sprinkle of smoked paprika, diced kalamata olives, or sun-dried tomatoes!

The original recipe comes from www.cookieandkate.com. Check out Kate’s website, she’s got oodles of delicious and nutritious recipes!

Print Recipe
OMG! Hummus
This simple and clean hummus recipe leaves me wondering if I'll ever use the store-bought kind again! Made with canned chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini (sesame seed butter), extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and cumin, OMG! Hummus is creamy and dreamy with just the right amount of zing.  1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Dressing
Prep Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or you can use Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic, minced or you can use 1/2-1 tsp. of jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup tahini try Artisana Organic Raw Tahini
  • 2-4 tbsp. ice water, or more as needed I used around 6 tablespoons to make it extra creamy!
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Course Dressing
Prep Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or you can use Lakewood Organic Pure Lemon Juice
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic, minced or you can use 1/2-1 tsp. of jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup tahini try Artisana Organic Raw Tahini
  • 2-4 tbsp. ice water, or more as needed I used around 6 tablespoons to make it extra creamy!
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine lemon juice, garlic and salt in a food processor until garlic is finely chopped. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Add tahini and blend until thick and creamy, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of food processor as needed. While running the processor, drizzle in 2-4 tablespoons of ice water and blend until really smooth, pale and creamy. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons more ice water if needed.
  3. Add the cumin, chickpeas, and baking soda to the food processor. While blending, drizzle in the olive oil. Blend until super smooth, again, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary, about 2 minutes. Add more ice water by the tablespoon if necessary to achieve a super creamy texture.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Add toppings of your choice, such as a sprinkle of smoked paprika, diced kalamata olives, or sun-dried tomatoes!
  5. Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered container for up to a week.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1/4 cup)Calories: 150Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 450 mg; Potassium: 187 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 9 grams; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 5 g

Share this Recipe

Get FREE tips and tiny slices of motivation to help you live a healthier life...without giving up chocolate!

No comments yet, be the first!
Your comment...

badge_whiteStop beating yourself up over past diets gone wrong. You didn't fail them...they failed YOU! My mission is to help you take a permanent vacation from dieting, realize the amazing power of your body, and discover your true health potential.
Coach
Almost Custom Websites