I’ve never been a big breakfast person, but over the years I developed certain A.M. habits that seem to fit my sensibility and my body needs, or so I thought. The whole-wheat bagel with butter and agave. The scrambled egg whites (okay well sometimes just whites). The organic turkey sausage patties, never links, from Whole Foods. Yummy vanilla granola with a dollop of Nancy’s organic yogurt and a squirt of Agave. Way better diet than the Coco Puffs and Snap Crackle Pop I was brought up on, and way tastier than the Cream of Wheat my mother tried to force feed me during the cold winter months growing up in Chicago.
And then I met Shakaya Breeze (her name even sounds like a shake!) I am not sure how it even happened. What started as a phone call inviting me to be on her super duper wellness tele-series as a guest — which I did and loved — turned into her daring me to try her raw shake recipes and drink my breakfast. All this before she even knew that I had been contemplating doing a cleanse and a 40-day self love practice called My Body is My Temple. I took her challenge as a sign from the universe that something needed to change. And I didn’t like it.
I told Shakaya, “Sure send me the recipe and I will think about it…” while at the same time underneath my calm and graceful consideration of her invitation, my inner self was screaming in my head, ‘Are you flipping kidding me?? Drink our breakfast. No way. We don’t do that. We will starve. Our stomach will go crazy by 9am. Only crazy dieters drink their breakfast. We need solid food!’ My inner self, scared to death of starvation, kept going, “You don’t like raw food. It makes you sick. Every time you try it you feel funny. Shakes are good for people with different body types than you.” Now she was getting rational, sneaky.
The truth is I was totally freaked out about the idea of drinking a shake every day for breakfast. Which is exactly why in the end, I took Shakaya up on her invitation (remembering that I love living by invitation!) One of the big reasons I decided to do the 40-day self love practice of My Body is My Temple is because I wanted to challenge all of my beliefs about food. I wanted to rewire any food patterns that were no longer serving me. So even though I didn’t want to admit that I had negative food patterns running my life… when my inner self went bezerk and started spewing fear all over the place at the idea of giving up solid yummy staples in exchange for a shake I had no choice but to face the truth. It was time to trade in my breakfast sausage for a shake.
And here is what I learned:
- I won’t starve. Turns out I can get just as much if not more protein plus other good things for my body by slurping through a straw.
- Super foods. Who knew they existed? Chia seeds. Maca powder. Cacao chips. Coconut water. Kiwicha. I found an entire new section in the grocery I never about. These foods go right in the shake and are like super powered with energy that go directly into my cells, making my temple really happy. There’s no super food in sausage!
- Shakes are meant to be chewed not slurped. I put apples, cacao chips and other things that let me kind of chew my shake, which tells my brain something different than if I just drink it. So it does fill me up. Don’t know why it works, just does.
- Makes traveling easier not harder. I had to go to NYC for 7 days and was a little concerned I would have a problem doing my shakes, but then I found “NAKED”… not me naked, but the brand of shake. Can pick it up at lots of convenience stores, groceries, etc.
- It’s faster and it’s portable. Enough said. 21st century woman, of course i love this.
It’s been way over 40-days now, and I am happy to report that after my 40-day practice of ONLY having my breakfast shake / 7 days a wee, I committed a very self-loving act… I changed my practice to 6 days of breakfast shakes, and one day of whatever I want for breakfast, usually on Sunday. Today, Sunday I had a poppy seed danish, a latte, and what else, but two breakfast sausages!
I invited Shakaya to be my first interview on the My Body is My Moving Temple series on Self Love Studio. To get the free download of our interview, visit http://www.selflovestudio.com
And if you dare to trade in your version of sausage, here are three fabulous Shakaya Breeze recipes…
TRY TO CONTAIN YOUR EXCITEMENT! This is better than STARBUCKS! I’ve never drank coffee, but this is so AMAZING it will DELIGHT your tastebuds and soothe your nerves.
1 C raw Cashews
2 C Water
1 frozen Banana
4 pitted Dates or 2 T Honey
1 t Vanilla Extract
A few pinches of CARDAMON, CINNAMOM and NUTMEG
Blend away to HAPPYLAND…;)
HAPPINESS IN A BOWL
1 C Almond Mylk
½ C Goji Berries
½ C Chia Seeds
2-3 T Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup
pinch Sea Salt
pinch of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon or cardamon
drop of Vanilla ~optional
Pour the mylk into a favorite bowl and add sweetener to-taste along with salt, spice and vanilla. Add goji berries and chia seeds, stir and let set about 15 minutes until it is like tapioca. This is comfort food for the soul and will spread a smile across your heart!
SHAKAYA’S KEY-LIME MOUSSE PARTY FOR ONE PARFAIT
3 Limes squeezed
2 Avocado ripe and pitted and peeled
4 T raw Honey
A dash of Vanilla
1 C fresh or frozen Berries
PROCESS everything but the berries until creamy and smooth. Layer in a pretty glass with berries in the middle and on top. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Sooooo sweet and tangy, this dessert is a delicious little guilt-free splurge, and you deserve it!