It’s true– My birthday is on November 14th!!! Of course, it is a very special day for me– a day with family and friends celebrating being alive! There are many days in my life where, through the course of events of my day, I forget how privileged I am and how many blessings I have in my life. Being in a perfect state of peace during the hustle and bustle of our lives is near impossible. I read this quote a while ago…
With every endeavor that we take on, as humans, we often strive for perfection, but the reality is that striving for our personal best is the greatest form of perfection. There were many years when I attempted to have a perfect diet that excluded all grains and all sugar and all dairy and so on… It took me some time to realize that the consequence of this type of lifestyle was more stress in my body. As I lessened my grip on the reigns of my life, I found greater happiness and definitely less stress which led to greater health.
There is a balance to be found when searching for the best diet and lifestyle. For myself, I found that maintaining a Paleo lifestyle 85% of the time and being gluten-free for the remainder works well for me. I also know others where that percentage is too high and also too low for some. For me, my non-Paleo time may be a sushi date with my husband or going out for dinner with my kiddos and having a hamburger on a gluten-free roll. It is a personal journey to figure out what is best for you.
When I think of my perfect birthday, I think of sitting around my kitchen table with my darling family and closest friends, chatting and laughing, and eating my fabulous chocolate layer cake with decadent chocolate frosting! The cake is amazing, the company even better!!! Check out the recipe below to learn how to make this delicious cake. No worries, it’s Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free, nut-free, coconut-free… (not carb free!), but absolutely one of the best cakes you will ever eat!!!