Well that was intense.
What a bloody week that was and to really challenge my mum rage-o-meter, mediator skills and inner zen state.
It peaked today when Shannon (one of my 9 year old twins) decided to spray furniture polish all over our 1 day old flat screen TV – oh the horror when I spotted it.
Streaks, smudges and visible wipe marks aside, my initial reaction was “sh*t how do I hide this from Sean” it’s his 40th birthday present after all….
It was handled well but it got me thinking about how I’d have reacted years back if faced with the same situation.
You see before I learned how the brain and body worked – that interconnection and dependency state – I never really paid much attention to my brain or mental well-being as such. I ate nutrient dense foods, drank plenty fluids, exercised adequately so I’m HEALTH, right?
My body may have been ‘health’ but my mind; well let’s just say I was quick to react negatively to situations, quick to blame, scream, shout and cause myself such unbearable stress at times over the smallest of situations.
Add twins to that and holy heck #explosive at times – my poor girls. It still makes me upset to think back to those years, stressed state, exhausted and just surviving.
But we’ve ALL been dealing with, are dealing with and will more than likely deal with a heck of a lot in the coming months that test us.
We all respond to things differently.
Some people turn to the biscuit tin and before they know it 8 biscuits have been eaten. Some people open a beer or have a glass of wine to ‘cope’ with situations that make them sad, stressed or needing comfort from. Me, I bake, clear wardrobes and write to you guys with a glass of Pinot as my chosen fluid as a way of coping and distracting myself when distraction is needed.
What’s your ‘go to’ comfort when feeling upset or stressed? Remember there’s no judgement here, this is a safe place where you’re #NeverAlone.
I don’t think I know a single person who hasn’t tried at least one new recipe during lockdown.
We recently tried some homemade overnight oats and man they were tasty. I got a lot of messages asking how to make them, so I figured I’d share how to do them with you below.
The main thing to remember with this recipe is anything goes and it’s super simple – added bonus for us tired and busy mums, right!
Simple Overnight Oats
- Rolled Oats
- Berries (blueberries/raspberries/strawberries)
- Raisins (optional)
- 0% Greek Yogurt
- Mixed nuts and seeds
- Glass or cup to serve
How To Make:
- Fill your glass/cup half way with your rolled oats
- Pour milk to just cover and no more
- Add a layer of berries
- Add a sprinkling of mixed nuts and seeds with a few raisins
- Top with a drizzle of honey
- Add a tablespoon of 0% Greek Yogurt
- Add a tablespoon of rolled oats to top the 0% Greek Yogurt
- Repeat your berries, nuts and seeds layer
- Add a drizzle of honey
- Add your finisher topper as desired
- note – you may want to add an additional splash of milk to reach your desired texture. The mixture should look wet at this stage, not thick and dry
Pop the glass/cup into the fridge overnight and leave to thicken and soak up the wet ingredients. Wake knowing you’ve a tasty and nutrient packed breakfast, lunch or snack waiting for you when you’re hungry.
I’d love to hear what your favourite toppers are so hit reply to tell me and I might even feature you in my next blog – don’t forget to include a picture or tag me on social media.
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As always, I wish you a wonderful week ahead.
Do let me know if you make the overnight oats, I’d love to hear all about your own tweaks.
With love and gratitude