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zoe & the beatles

just a twenty-something vegan navigating healthy, positive living with a little help from her friends john, paul, ringo & george!

good morning!

somehow the clouds rolled back in last night and the sky is threatening rain ONCE AGAIN. what the effff! it’s MAY, almost JUNE. aren’t APRIL showers supposed to bring MAY flowers? sigh. oh well. i’ll survive. somehow 😉

today started off well enough anyway despite the rain clouds. i woke up around 8:30, drank a class of diluted cranberry juice mixed with a tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseex (improves digestion, balances hormones, and flushes out water retention!) then followed that with a glass of warm water filled with the juice of 1/4 of a lemon. yuum. but that wasn’t the highlight of the morning…BREAKFAST WAS!

you all know how much i ADORE angela’s banana soft serve vegan overnight oats. if you don’t, you should know how much i LOVE this breakfast. it’s healthy and decadent and SO. GOOD. if you STILL haven’t made this, i seriously, seriously, seriously urge you to do so.

last night i prepared my bowl of chocolate protein oats:
1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water (in retrospect, i think i really only needed about 3/4 cup liquid. they were allllmost a little too runny!)
1 T chocolate hemp protein powder
1 T raw cacao powder
1 T ground flax seed
half a nanner

this morning i layered it in an almost empty trader joe’s almond butter jar! the base was almond butter. then oats. then soft serve. the THE. BEST. ADDITION. EVER! you know how much i love maranatha’s dark chocolate almond spread? weeeell i took about a tablespoon, zapped it in the microwave for 30 seconds and used it as a DARK CHOCOLATE SYRUP! O.M.G. my taste buds died and went to heaven. this was by far the BEST addition to these overnight oats YET. don’t believe me? just take a look…

another close up:

and a side shot!

i wish i could relieve this. liiike…right meow! for reals. it’s SO good. and so satisfying. i didn’t end up using all the oats because i ran out of room in my jar but i found i didn’t need them! buuut i may or may not of eaten two of my vegan/refined sugar free cookies following this though…

at first i was like. ugh. bummer. why did i do that? but i am not STUFFED stuffed at the moment. and i was like, uh, zoe, WHO. CARES. you’re HUMAN. i looked in the mirror and when i caught myself doubting myself, i said hey, you’re curvy and beautiful. AND i believed it 🙂 mantra, mantra, mantra. these can be super powerful. do you have a mantra you repeat to yourself whenever you’re crossing into negative thought territory? i’m STEPPING IT UP in terms of positivity! i’m finding it much more easy to forgive myself for little things. plus i’m about to go run a good six miles so i figured the cookies wouldn’t hurt 😉 (not that i use my work outs as an excuse to eat! that’s UNHEALTHY! i did this for a while in the past and it only made me MISERABLE. it’s not balanced and it makes workouts seem like required TORTURE.)

regardless, i’m just not allowing myself to get so down and out over eating a little something extra i most likely didn’t NEED. it’s a waste of time. seriously. plus i found that after two, i STOPPED. usually i have a really difficult time with over indulging but i simply just didn’t want anymore. i think it’s because i LISTENED to my body and what it was craving. awesome 🙂

how do you guys deal with cravings? do you ever over indulge? how do you feel/how do you deal with the after thoughts/effects? i’m finding i am sleeping better and longer when i do not over eat late at night. i’ve been really on track with this :)!

anywhoooo, it’s about time for me to shove off to school for the day. gotta squeeze in a gym session before my back to back two hour classes. ugh. ALMOST DONE. these are the LAST TWO classes (for these classes anyway) of THE SEMESTER!

ALMOST THERE! positive thoughts! positive thoughts!

have a GREAT day kidlettes 🙂

namaste

zoe

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