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Well hello there, friends! Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m making this yummy Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal recipe to celebrate! I’ve heard so many of you ask me, ‘Is oatmeal gluten-free?’ Well, yes and no. Oats are usually made in a facility where wheat and gluten are in the air so there is cross contamination but there are gluten-free oats sold in many of the stores like Whole Foods Market and online stores like Amazon, too! So, if you have celiac disease or you are gluten-intolerant, have no fear – there are oats JUST for you!
I like oats so much that I’ll probably stick a candle in this recipe just for a little birthday fun.
I’m so grateful for having all of you in my life. I honestly don’t know what I would do without this blog… and all of your inspiring and encouraging comments and support. You truly make my day EVERY single day from your emails, comments and shout outs on social media.
I am forever grateful for all of you!
And so on the eve of my 31st birthday, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned this year.
Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Love
It’s easy to forget the essential act of caring for ourselves first but self-love is something we all need and something I was never taught growing up. Taking YOU time helps release that excess stress cortisol (a primary stress hormone), anxiety and worry about life, digestive issues, headaches and so much more. With just a few little self-love techniques, you can have your body back and feeling good by following these few approaches below. Research has showing that these simple tasks can actually boost our health tremendously. They relax our muscles, improve our mood, decrease cortisol and increase endorphins and oxytocin.
- Enjoy a cup of hot tea
- Schedule a massage
- Take time to plan and prioritize your day/week
- Take an Epsom salt bath
- Curl up with a good book and wrap yourself in a cozy blanket
- Listen to good music
- Eat every 3-4 hours (lean protein, healthy fats and fiber)
- Sleep- try to get at least 7 hours a night
Disconnect from Social Media & Connect with Family & Friends
Between work obligations, travel plans, social commitments and so much more…we’re all over-booked. Taking a break from technology is a great way to restore healthy cortisol levels and improve your immune function. Plus, it’s more fun to laugh and enjoy time with real, genuine people than a screen, isn’t it?
Add MORE Superfoods to Your Meals & Snacks
Several of the main culprits of stress are tied back to food and behavioral eating. Whether it’s to avoid the emotional stress that comes with weight gain or the overindulgence in seasonal treats, a plan for staying healthy can be a vital tool when attacking stress.
Here are a few superfoods you can toss into your meals and snacks each day:
- Nuts: walnuts, almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts
- Fatty fish: wild salmon, mackerel and sardines
- Berries: strawberries, blueberries and cranberries
- Leafy greens: spinach, kale, chard and more
- Turmeric, otherwise known as curcumin
- Pure dark chocolate or cacao nibs
Beat Stress by Moving
Squeeze in a mini yoga session in your bedroom before bed or stretch first thing when you wake up. You don’t need an hour at the gym everyday. I’ve learned that less is more. I canceled my gym membership and I’ve never been happier.
Be FULLY Present and Experiencing Emotions
There are so many ways to help alleviate bad feelings and re-balance your body’s stress response:
- Be Grateful- One of the most valuable, yet underrated stress-busting activities is practicing gratitude.
- Understand Emotions are Normal-Another extraordinarily effective way to re-balance your stress response is to fully experience emotion, which is known to stimulate both the hormones and the neurotransmitters that lower stress.
- Laugh- Yes, laughter can lower your cortisol levels while raising your endorphins and oxytocin, relaxing your muscles, and improving your mood.
- Write in an Ingratiate Journal- Another great way to balance your stress response is to write down what you are grateful for each day.
Make Yourself Some Oatmeal
Now, I hope I didn’t make you all too sleepy from all that info. I thought oatmeal would be the perfect recipe to pair with this post since it’s comforting and healthy and you can toss in tons of super foods. Plus, it’s a sit down food you can’t shovel in your mouth while walking, driving, etc.
Anyway, dig in. The pecan-cinnamon combo is going to rock your little world. And if you’re not a fan of pecans-no worries. Here are a few other oatmeal toppings to make your morning delightful!
Now, onto the oatmeal! Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why: The Benefits of Eating Organic.
- 1 cup gluten-free steel cut oats
- 2 cups rice milk
- 2 cups purified water
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 4 Tbsp. raisins
- 2 Tbsp. cacao nibs
- 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
- pinch sea salt
In a medium pot on the stove top, bring water and rice milk to a boil. Add oats; cook over medium heat until oats are tender, approximately 20 minutes. Add in remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low. Cook for another 2 minutes.
Remove from heat; transfer to four bowls.
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I am so happy I found your site…I have talked all the girls at work in to starting the 10 day plan with me! I would love a recipe book with all of your yummy recipes in them! Do you sell them?
Yes that will be sold soon!!
It doesn’t look like my rating went through but I give it 5 stars all the way!
I made this and it’s just as good as I thought it would be, thank you for sharing! 🙂
I would love to try this with Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal, it looks so delicious! It’s unusually cold here today in East TN, I might try this for lunch! I also must schedule a massage ASAP! I’m having some Peach Detox tea now 🙂 Thanks for another lovely recipe with some of my favorite ingredients!
This looks like healthy, hearty breakfast with wonderful ingredients! I love your simple yet always delicious recipes. Thank you, I’ll report back after I give this one a try.
Can’t wait to try this recipe !!!!!! Yum 🙂
Happy Birthday! Thank you for giving yourself and all of us the best gift – the resources for a happy and healthy life! Enjoying your quinoa breakfast parfait; would love to have a copy of the new Vegetarian cookbook.
Thank YOU Julie!!!
definitely on my ‘to do’ list!
This looks so good… love those superfoods! Love vegan recipes. Thanks!
Wow! These look incredibly good. I love recipes…and your tips are great! Thanks for sharing!
This is almost exactly how I take my oatmeal! The only difference being the cacao. 😀
Happy Birthday, Aime. I wish you a wonderful new year filled with more unbelievable recipes, great experiences, good health, joy and fun!!!! As a former New Yorker (Bayside, Queens) now living in St. Louis for more than 15 years, I welcome your recipes and easy presentation style as I am trying to manage hypothyroidism by changing my diet not to take meds. I tried the quinoa cookies, and really enjoyed them. Looking forward to trying so many of your other recipes very soon. I’d love to win your gift!!!
I love this post and i cant wait to try this recipe out
I would like to enter your face book giveaway