Yup, yesterday was my birthday! I love my birthday. It feels so good to receive so much love from friends and family on a day that celebrates my life. Thank you all so much for making me feel adored! You guys are the best :D. My birthday is also like a refresh button. I use it as a reminder to reflect on the past year, the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. I learn from what worked and what didn’t, and then I wipe the slate clean.
For some, a birthday can also be a trigger for comparison. Instead of celebrating the gifts life has already given us, we dwell. We nitpick the missing pieces of the life we planned to have by a certain age or the life our peers are experiencing. For most, it doesn’t always look the way our 10 year-old self imagined. Comparison is a b*tch. She loves to make us feel inadequate, old, unaccomplished, poor, fat, and ugly. We would never keep a friend that told us we were any of these things, so why do we put up with having a toxic relationship with ourselves? When I drink the poison, I remind myself to talk as if I were my mom or my best-friend. What are the great things they would say about me? I sure hope your mom or best friend wouldn’t tell you that you’ll never find true love because of the shape of your nose, you’ll never get a promotion at work because you’re stupid, and you’re worthless because you ate pizza last week. Instead, she/he would remind you how beautiful your eyes are, how hard you worked on that last project that blew your boss away, and how fun that pizza night was with all your best friends!
Your life should be celebrated all the time, no matter what you may or may not have accomplished, yet. Yes, I’m telling you to be a little self-absorbed on a regular basis! Why the hell not? You’re amazing and deserve to feel that way without needing anyone else to affirm it! When you wake up in the morning, be proud of how many squats you did to get your perky booty, the healthy dinner you cooked last night, the job you have, all the friends and family who love you. You rock sister! And, let’s be real, a celebration doesn’t count unless there’s delicious, fluffy cake! For my birthday, I whipped up a huge stack of Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes for dinner because, well, I could! I wanted to share the recipe because these gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free flapjacks are healthy enough to be enjoyed everyday. Eat them and celebrate how amazing you are!
Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free)
Makes 2 servings (6 pancakes total)
1 scoop all-natural, organic vegan or whey vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp almond meal
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 cup egg whites
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
Stevia to taste
2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
You could also add 1/2 mashed banana or a handful of blueberries if you’d like!
1/4 cup plain, non-fat greek yogurt (or vegan alternative)
Natural sweetener to taste (100% pure maple syrup, honey, or stevia)
A sprinkle of chopped nuts (I used pecans)
Sprinkles optional! 😉
1. Combine all ingredients until smooth either with a whisk or in a blender.
2. Pour batter onto a pan sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray. This batter should make about 6, thick pancakes.
3. Cook on low/medium heat until the tops of the pancakes start to bubble. Combine yogurt with sweetener while the pancakes are cooking.
4. Flip and continue cooking until center is fully cooked.
5. Stack pancakes on a plate, frost, and sprinkle with your toppings. Eat and celebrate being you!
How do you change negative comparison thoughts? Tell me in the comment box below!
Health and happiness,