A quick discussion of wellness and health, with photos of a luxurious chocolate cake recipe – maybe not a combination you’re used to, but stay with me! It’s important to remember that wellness and health is more than just eating well. Keeping stress at a minimum, exercising, and reducing pollutants in your home all help keep the body well. I’ve personally worked on this for the last few years. I try to listen to my body and give it what it needs. A couple of years ago when I was struggling with Hashimoto’s I was working out at the gym for at least an hour a day. Over time, I realized that my body didn’t need the intense exercise, but instead needed to use that energy to heal. I stopped going to the gym and used that time to get extra rest and go for light walks instead. Funny enough, I lost 10 pounds. That was a revelation for me. I had this image of “sweating it out in the gym” in order to stay healthy. It might work for some, but not for me at that stage. Now that I’m healthy again, I’ve increased my workouts to Pilates and longer walks. It’s nice to feel my body getting stronger and I’m glad I gave myself time to heal.
So here’s a reminder to listen to your body and what it needs. More rest? Less stress? Your body will tell you.
I love to bake as a way to unwind. I’ve wanted to develop a grain-free chocolate cake for many months, so I took some time in the kitchen to and came up with this recipe for you.
It’s rich, moist and very hard to tell that it’s grain free. I always frost my cakes with a classic buttercream. You just can’t do much better than a sweet whipped butter frosting with chocolate. If it’s your first time to make a buttercream, please follow the directions exactly and take your time. The magical thing about buttercream is that after all the butter has been added, the mixture will look like it’s ruined as it sinks to the bottom of the bowl and curdles. Then, like magic, it springs back to life and becomes a smooth and satiny frosting.
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