Welcoming Change, And A Sugar Free + Gluten Free Pecan Granola Recipe!
Creative Living Wellness By Leigh Reagan Smith
Riding the waves of change allows us to unleash our greatest potential. We’ve all heard the famous Herakleitos quote “The only constant in life is change.”
Welcoming change connects us to possibility and opportunity.
Change comes whether we like it or not. If we resist, the universe will shake us to our core with upheaval until we decide to follow our newly designated course. Saying YES to whatever change is in store for us is a powerful way to embrace life and learn to go with the flow.
Sometimes change is heartbreaking and tremendously difficult, like in the case of losing someone we love, getting fired from a job, or ending a relationship. During some of the most soul-shattering times in my life, I became paralyzed by overwhelming feelings. In one such instance, when a beloved horse of mine became deathly ill, I quietly told myself, “Move, put one foot in front of the other and just move.” Whether change is unexpected or we see it coming from a mile away, tapping into ourselves and trusting in a higher spiritual force can help us through some of our darkest moments.
Experiencing change creates more flexibility, confidence, compassion, strength, and wisdom. After going through change, I always ask myself, what have I learned from this? One of my all-time favorite quotes is “Let Go, Let God” because it gives us permission to trust the Universe.
Be Honest With Yourself
Change can bring new-found joy. It’s simply a matter of listening or creating a subtle mind shift. If you feel worn out, stressed or depressed, then it’s time to make some changes. Ask yourself, what change would you like to see in your life?
It can be opening yourself to a new relationship, experiencing a new adventure, creating better boundaries, getting in physical shape, making healthier food choices, feeling more confident at work, pursuing a creative passion, or practicing gratitude. Make a list of all the changes you would love to experience in your life. Whatever it is for you, the first step is being open. The next step is cultivating awareness of the opportunities that present themselves in order to be ready to take action.
Set Attainable Goals
Years ago, modifying my diet seemed like an insurmountable task. I thought I was going to be miserable without sugar, gluten, and dairy. Going to the grocery store was disheartening, as I wasn’t able to get any of the packaged products on the shelves. My new digestive issues were forcing me to change what I used to take for granted: the fact that I could eat anything. With the dietary changes I had to make, my go-to breakfast of cereal was now off limits...or was it?
I shifted my thoughts and realized that I could easily make healthier versions of the foods I enjoyed, and they would now be more nutritious as an added bonus! Rather than immediately aiming to make all of my own meals, I first just set the goal of making my own gluten-free, sugar-free cereal. This was something I could easily accomplish. Making granola is now a weekly ritual for me, and it’s so easy!
Gratitude creates a positive energetic shift around us, which results in greater abundance, opportunities, and joy. It’s that simple. Gratitude is a direct pathway to realizing your dreams, aka happy change!
Modified Fish Pose
The practice of opening the heart and throat helps support you through the process of difficult changes.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Bend your elbows and ground your forearms as you lift your shoulder blades off the mat. Open your chest, gently tilting your chin toward the sky until you can rest the crown of your head on the floor.
Straighten your arms and legs if you feel comfortable in the backbend. Relax your lips, allowing the breath to cleanse the throat and nourish the heart space. Hold for 2-4 minutes.
Being truly free is allowing life to flow. My hope is that we all allow ourselves to grow and expand with every passing day.
Tips For Welcoming Change:
Make a List of Welcome Changes
Set Attainable Goals
Sugar Free & Gluten Free Pecan Granola:
3 cups GF oats
1 cup pecans
1 cup raisins
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup dates
3/4 cup water
1 cup coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend dates and water in a food processor or blender until you have a date puree, then set aside. Heat coconut oil until it turns into a liquid, then set aside. Mix all dry ingredients together and stir. Add the vanilla, date puree, and coconut oil. Thinly spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes. Stir the ingredients halfway through so that the granola cooks evenly. Once the cereal is lightly toasted, remove from the oven. Feel free to add chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and anything else you would like to make your own yummy granola! Add hemp milk (hemp milk contains all 10 essential amino acids, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, iron, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin B, riboflavin, phosphorous, and it’s loaded with more vitamin D than cow’s milk) or your favorite milk. Top with fresh berries for an antioxidant-fueled start to the day!