My life has needed some balance lately. After so many of these, these and these, I am craving some health food.  The problem is that baked goods are so much more fun to create and photograph.  I do eat a fairly balanced diet it’s just that most of the healthy stuff doesn’t appear here because it’s not as pretty or as much fun to talk about.

Here’s how I’ve achieved balance lately:

-I turn off my phone’s auto sync on my work email.  At night and weekends, I don’t check, receive or respond to work emails

-I aim to get some sort of exercise or physical activity 5.  Why not 6 or 7?  Well, I’ve found that it just doesn’t work that way for me.  Realistically, I know that I can do 5.  If I say I have to get 7 and I don’t, I end up putting too much pressure on myself and then I drive myself crazy. And that just doesn’t work for me either.

-I drink lots of water, limit coffee to a couple of cups in the morning and consume minimal alcohol…I like to enjoy a glass of wine on a Saturday night!)

-When I feel like having dessert, I have it.  (Hopefully) not every night, but most nights, I have some sort of something after dinner.  It might be strawberries or dried cranberries or a cookie but I treat myself so that I don’t feel deprived.

-I pray, a lot.  I don’t know what your beliefs are but mine are firm in that prayer works.  My faith keeps me somewhat grounded and this is where I find most of my balance in life.  If my faith life or prayer life is out of whack, I’m totally out of balance.

Sundays keep me balanced too.  I usually keep my agenda pretty clear.  I exercise, attend worship, relax, bake and blog and create recipes like this one.

How do you find balance in your life?

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Cous Cous Salad Recipe

Yield: 2 (as a meal) - 4 (as a side)

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat cous cous
1 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbs. fresh parsley, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup diced tomato
1 green onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring 1 cup of salted water to boil. Turn off the heat, add the cous cous and stir. Cover and let sit for five minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice and parsley in a medium bowl. Add the tomato, green onion and garlic and mix.

When the cous cous is ready, add to the other ingredients and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

This is best served at room temperature or chilled but can be served warm as well.