A healthy lifestyle can be as sweet as candy!

kuh m-pley-suh nt

Complacency. It’s not something anyone wants to be associated with. It’s a a word we throw around, sometimes without even realizing what we mean, what it means (I guess we tend to do that a lot). Look up complacency online and you’ll be bombarded with what seems like a million definitions, all of them slightly different but essentially the same. I clicked on the first one, Dictionary.com.

complacent [kuh m-pley-suh nt]

Adjective

1. Pleased, especially with oneself or one’s merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied

My first thought…phew I pronounce it right. Then onto the definition; pleased with oneself, self-satisfied. Hmm for a word that sounds more like an insult than anything I was really thinking its dictionary definition would be a little more…harsh. What is so wrong with being pleased with yourself? Why is that (nowadays) such a crime? This, well you know me, it got me thinking…

I understand the dilemma. If we don’t strive for something better than we have, if we don’t set goals, if we are content with staying in one place, we don’t grow. ‘Complacency’ can put us into a box, a box that can prevent us from discovering some amazing opportunities that may lie ahead.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 6.15.19 PMBut it’s not that simple. What is so wrong with being happy? If we are always seeking something better than what we have, can we ever really enjoy what we have already accomplished? When I started to question my own view on complacency, my thoughts immediately shot back to my senior year of high school.

I had decided to get in shape at the beginning of the year, and when I say get in shape I mean get skinny (it seemed logical at the time). I worked out twice a day (at least), I watched and recorded every single thing I ate (not too long of a list I might add), and I drank enough water to fill a bathtub each day. I did everything-I thought was-right and I lost a lot of weight, but nothing was ever good enough. I never enjoyed my accomplishments because I was obsessed with what was next. I picked out every flaw, I became anxious, I was less social, and more concerned with the numbers on the scale than the number in my calculus textbook (this may explain my final grade, oops).Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 6.17.38 PM

I don’t like making excuses or blaming things in my life on other people, but I can’t help but think my spiral into disordered patterns of eating and exercise were, in part, due to our society’s view on complacency. We have to be bigger, better, and stronger and we are taught that from day one. By the time we are teens, it is engrained, and it’s not just having a driven disposition, it’s the feelings of defeat that accompany staying in one place, the feelings of guilt that result from following an unconventional path, and the feelings of failure that sprout from ‘complacency.’

I guess the best advice to give is to be proud of where you have been, where you are, and where you are going. I like to give 100 percent to everything I do, but in the end what purpose does that serve if I can’t enjoy where it gets me?Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 6.15.59 PM

So enough of this deep s**t. I know why you guys are here, for a recipe of course! And I promise this one won’t disappoint. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and everything in between.

Coconut-Chia Oatmeal Apple Stack

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp organic peanut butter

1 apple, sliced and cored (I used granny smith)

In a bowl mix together the oatmeal, coconut milk, and chia seeds. Stir and microwave your oats for 2-4 minutes until all the milk is absorbed. Feel free to cook your oats over the stove if you have more time! Slice your apple from top to bottom, discard the bottom slice, and with a pairing knife remove the seeds and core on each slice. Once the oatmeal is done start layering the apple slices with the oatmeal and peanut butter. I alternated my stack with oatmeal and peanut butter. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: It’s not the easiest to eat but it’s also not impossible. I attacked mine with my spoon but a fork and knife could work too!

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