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Shape Up: Be Sweet To Your Body

cj-studio-logoWe are what we think, and what we eat. These are huge players in shaping our reality. It makes sense then that we should want to eat clean and think positively. Here are some tips for shaping a happy world.

Most of us can understand the internal “feeling space” of love. In some way, shape or form, most people can understand the positive feelings associated with love. This feeling space not only feels good — it has positive health benefits as well, such as increased relaxation, happiness, empathy, and ease. 

“Unconditional love” is often thought of as something we extend to another person — we love someone regardless of what they do or say. I challenge anyone reading this to instead think of unconditional love as a thing we offer to ourselves, meaning we choose to remain in a good feeling space of love within, regardless of exterior conditions. This includes being good to your body by working out and eating well. By not allowing temporary conditions of the moment affect your predominant intention of love, you will only continue to manifest more love. Not surprisingly, your positive state of love also has a lot to do with what you eat – food is, after all, fuel for our bodies.

Eating real, whole foods, absent of preservatives and fillers, will aid in shaping a happy physical body and a happy world. Eating lots of greens, drinking lots of water and staying away from sugar helps more than you think it would. Our bodies operate well on real nutrition, not artificially manufactured convenience and junk foods.

Here’s a healthy but tasty recipe that works great as a breakfast on the go, or a pre-workout snack! It’s a neat, easy way to get genuine nutrients and natural flavors into your body, which will, in turn, contribute to your better health and well-being. Health is, after all, a holistic concept that should include good nutrition along with a well-rounded fitness program.

Sweet Potato “Egg in a Nest”

3 sweet potatoes

1/2 cup coconut oil

Salt and pepper

12 eggs

1, 12-muffin baking tray

1 cheese grater

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Lightly grease all 12 muffin cups with coconut oil.

2. Scrub sweet potatoes and place in a baking pan. Rub with coconut oil. Bake for 25 minutes or until semi-tender.

3. Once potatoes are cool enough handle, peel the skin leaving just enough to grip at one end.  Use the grater to shred the sweet potato into a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Press the sweet potato mixture into each of the 12 muffin cups. Lightly brush with coconut oil.  Bake for 15 minutes.

5. Crack one egg into each sweet potato nest. Season with salt and pepper. Bake another 10 minutes.

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