Eat guilt free — artful eating

I was out with some dear friends at the weekend. Cinnamon roll recipe no yeast no buttermilk We went to one of these quintessentially Irish pubs with lots of old men propped up at the bar drinking creamy pints of Guinness.

(In my opinion there are only two spots in the world that serve the best Guinness, The Cobblestone in Smithfield- a very old and authentic traditional music haunt in the heart of Dublin, and Murray’s on Inisbofin, a tiny Island off the west coast of Ireland. Quick easy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast I don’t know if it’s the setting, and I’m not typically a fan of the black stuff, but from these taps it tastes like cream and I LOVE cream! This reminds me… Quick homemade cinnamon roll recipe I also once had a pint of Guinness in an Irish bar on Gili Trawangan, which is another tiny Island, though off the coast of Lombok so much less windswept.

Quick cinnamon roll recipe no yeast Interestingly, both Inisbofin and Gigli Tarwangan have a lot in common; you can leisurely stroll around both Islands and they both have an Irish bar! Well on Boffin that’s not so surprising…)

I’m open to challenge on the best pint of Guinness, so do send in your suggestions! But today I want to talk about something I observed during that lovely dinner and something I hear my clients talk about all the time, and that’s GUILT. Easy cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch Now, I want you to eat guilt-free!

One of our dinner companions was really struggling to enjoy the meal out, as they were on a diet and desperately trying to lose weight. Easy homemade cinnamon rolls without yeast They found ordering really difficult, opting for the salad and skipping the starter, while the rest of us enjoyed the fabulous choice of fresh homegrown offers on the menu. Easy cinnamon rolls from scratch By the time it came to dessert, our uncomfortable dinner companion seemed eager to leave, as they clearly couldn’t enjoy the meal and did not want to sit around and watch as we indulged in some seriously tasty Irish cheeses and homemade brown bread ice cream.

If you have never tried brown bread Ice cream then this is something I insist you remedy immediately! I still remember the first time my mother made it for us, I must have been about seven and I genuinely thought I was tasting a little bit of heaven. Cinnamon roll recipe without yeast or milk I always order it if it’s on the menu, but my mom’s version is still my all time favourite (see my recipe below).

Our dinner companion did not enjoy the meal. Cinnamon rolls recipe without yeast and eggs In fact, speaking with them after, they told me how difficult it was to be ‘good’ and that it only seemed to work for them when they didn’t go out to socialise and when they avoided alcohol and banished all things ‘bad’ from the house. This included things like butter, cheese and bread by the way.

My dear friend was caught up in something I think we all can identify with. Easy cinnamon roll recipe bisquick This oscillation between being ‘good’ and ‘bad’ when it comes to food. Easy cinnamon roll recipe puff pastry What is more concerning is that their mood and sense of well being was tied to what they ate. So if they had a good day, they would feel happy with themselves and if they had a bad day they would feel absolutely rotten about themselves, which would generally lead to more bingeing on the ‘bad’ stuff.

I can actually identify with this myself, as in my first trimester, my cravings were so bizarre! For the first time in years I was desperately craving Monster Munch. Homemade cinnamon rolls without yeast or buttermilk If you’re not from Ireland or the UK then let me explain, these are a type of puffed up corn chip which are highly processed and full of all sorts of unnatural ingredients. How to make cinnamon roll icing without powdered sugar Not what you want to be munching on when you’re growing a little one and yet they seemed to be the only thing that helped with my nausea! I would feel so guilty after eating them, indeed I could hardly enjoy them at all, even though they once were a childhood favourite. Cinnamon roll frosting without powdered sugar I would feel pretty guilty, especially since I am an advocate for good eating (which in my book is avoiding overly processed foods). Cinnamon roll icing powdered sugar So that guilty feeling is fresh in my mind. Make cinnamon roll icing without powdered sugar I hate it, and I hate that so many people deal with it on a daily basis and allow it to affect their mood. How to make cinnamon roll icing with powdered sugar It doesn’t help, it doesn’t prevent you from flip flopping between being ‘good’ and ‘bad’ so what’s the point?

Stop feeling guilty! My top tips to help you eat guilt-free…

Here are the strategies which I share with my Artful Eaters to combat the unnecessary guilt that comes from trying to be ‘good’ but inevitably ending up being ‘bad’…

1. Cinnamon roll recipe pillsbury biscuits I have NO TIME for this good/bad business. Healthy cinnamon rolls recipe Enjoying a love of food and your body is all about balance.

Not controlling and trying to constantly stave off foods you love. What I mean by this is listening to your body and eating what you want when you want. Allowing yourself freedom with food actually has the opposite result than what you would imagine. Apple cinnamon rolls recipe no yeast It is entirely possible to eat guilt-free! Once you know that you can have something if you want it, it removes the ‘badness’ and the reliance on willpower from the equation. Healthy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast This means you can enjoy the food without attaching all these negative thoughts and feelings to it. Easy homemade cinnamon roll recipe without yeast When you do this, you are MUCH LESS LIKELY to overindulge and binge; feeling freedom around food means you’re more likely to eat one cookie instead of the whole tin- try it and see!

2 . Cinnamon roll recipe no yeast When you do overeat, or indulge then make sure to compensate the next day.

This is a continuation from my first point on balance, is that when you do eat out, and enjoy a scrumptious three course meal like I did last weekend, then you should compensate the next day by having a lighter dinner and avoid the sweet treats for a day or so. Quick and easy homemade cinnamon rolls recipe To find out how to do this effortlessly check out last week’s blog here.

3. Quick and easy cinnamon bun recipe no yeast Use the rule of halves: Halve anything you want to eat, especially sweet treats.

This will immediately help prevent any guilt from rearing its ugly head. Quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe If you want to eat a sweet treat or dessert, go ahead, but halve it before you even start to eat it. I have a very sweet tooth, I’ve always had and I love cakes and treats. Quick cinnamon roll icing recipe Baking is as relaxing to me as a bubble bath and a glass of champagne, seriously! So in order to feel freedom with the good stuff (cakes, pastries, chocolates etc,) I halve everything and give away or put away, or if it’s not salvageable, throw away, the other half. Best cinnamon roll recipe ever (Well if I’m honest if it doesn’t have chocolate in it my dogs get it!). Best cinnamon roll recipe no yeast The rule of half is so simple and so powerful. Best cinnamon roll recipe cinnabon All the flavour is in the first few bites anyway so eating slowly and consciously will allow you to eat less, enjoy more and stave off any guilt.

4. Best cinnamon roll recipe with yeast Whenever you begin to feel guilty about something you have eaten do this powerful Cognitive Behavioural Therapy exercise: an ABC work sheet.

My fourth and final tip is the most powerful one I can share, and I encourage you to use this if you find that you are feeling guilty about food, or if you are feeling overwhelming anxiety or dissatisfaction with your body. Best cinnamon roll recipe without yeast This is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tool which my clients absolutely love. The key with this is that you must physically go through the exercise in written form. Best cinnamon roll recipe alton brown It will only take a couple of minutes and will help melt away any guilt you feel. Quick homemade cinnamon rolls without yeast So take a few minutes, sit down at your desk (that’s mine below!) and do the worksheet.

Below there is an example of an ‘ABC sheet’ to help you learn to eat guilt-free. Cinnamon roll recipe gooey The first row provides the headings and the second row tells you what to do. Easy cinnamon roll icing recipe Finally the third row provides an example of how to use the sheet. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe Try it out whenever you feel yourself experiencing negative thoughts around your body, or what you have eaten. Simple homemade cinnamon rolls recipe Going through the process of actually writing the thoughts out is really cathartic and will help reduce and often eliminate the bad feelings.

Isn’t it time you stopped beating yourself up about food and your body?

Ask yourself, how is this serving me? Is it helping me to achieve my dream size? Try these tools and strategies to help avoid feeling guilty and, if you do go all out and end up feeling guilty for it, do the work sheet. Fast easy cinnamon rolls recipe I know you’ll love it!

Now I’d like to hear from you! If you tried the worksheet, how did you get on? If you really struggle with this issue, tell me about it. Easy homemade cinnamon buns recipe I’d like to hear your story. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe no yeast I read and respond to every email I receive and I LOVE hearing from you!

This is a really easy ice cream recipe – you don’t need an ice cream maker! Guilt-Free Brown Bread Ice Cream

100g (3? oz) brown soda bread or brown yeast bread, in chunks

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas 6. Fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls recipe Place the chunks of brown bread in a food processor and whiz for 30 seconds to a minute to form coarse breadcrumbs, then add the soft brown sugar and the ground cinnamon and pulse a few times to mix. Best fluffy cinnamon rolls recipe Spread out the bread, cinnamon and sugar mixture on a baking tray and place in the oven. Easy cinnamon roll recipe without milk Toast for about 10 minutes until it is well browned. Homemade cinnamon rolls without milk Then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Next, whisk the cream until soft peaks appear, then mix in the rum if you’re using it, and the egg yolks, and set aside.

Place the sugar and the water in a saucepan and heat slowly, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cinnamon roll recipe without milk Increase the heat to high and bring to the boil. Light fluffy cinnamon rolls recipe Boil fiercely for about 5 minutes until the mixture reaches the ‘thread’ stage. If you own a sugar thermometer, this is when it reads 106°C-113°C (223°F-236F). Easy cinnamon bun recipe for kids If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, dip a metal spoon into the mixture; as you remove it, the last drops of sugar syrup will form thin threads if the correct temperature has been reached.

Meanwhile, using an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they are stiff. Honey bun recipe from scratch Still whisking, gradually pour in the hot sugar syrup in a thin stream, and continue to whisk until the mixture is cool, glossy and stiff (about 4-5 minutes).

Then add in the whipped-cream and egg-yolk mixture, along with the caramelised breadcrumbs, and fold until mixed through. Pillsbury cinnamon bun icing recipe Tip in to a container with a lid, cover and place in the freezer for a few hours until frozen through. Honey bun cake recipe from scratch The ice-cream can be scooped straight from the freezer.

I absolutely LOVE this recipe and it brings me right back to my childhood. World’s best cinnamon bun recipe I love brown bread ice cream so much I could eat a whole batch! But I NEVER feel guilty about it and, like I say, make sure I eat guilt-free! Remember, life is all about balance so a lot over here means that you can compensate with a little over there….

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