Why is it so hard to break bad habits, yet so easy to fall out of good habits …? I’d love to fall out of my bad habits. But for some reason these habits stick with me whatever I do, wherever I go … Such as not completing tasks that I start, overlooking mess that would take me 1 minute to clear up, yelling at bad drivers in traffic, drinking too much coffee …
Good habits, on the other hand, like jogging a few times a week, blogging regularly, drinking sufficient water during a day – they’re all out sailing as soon as I break my daily routine. Which this time was broken by a week on holiday, being sick and computer problems (I had to replace the hard disk on my less than a year old iMac …).
My everyday is now back on track, my good habits need to be picked up again by effort and my bad ones dominate my day. Why??
So my iMac is repaired and I can finally write and handle pictures again without wanting to smash the screen with a hammer and feeling like slandering Apple through social media with capital letters. That’s good. Then there’s hope blogging once again can become a good habit. It’s all about making it a part of routine, then it becomes sort of unconscious. Not that I write unconsciously – but I won’t need to think about and plan and wonder how to start, it’s just something I do. That should be my goal, at least.
When it comes to jogging – well, I got badly food poisoned and couldn’t really move much for a couple of weeks without feeling sick, and that was enough to jeopardize this great habit. And then I picked up on painting again, which I enjoy far more than jogging, even though I know I could enjoy painting even more if I squeeze in some regular jogging too. It’s just that it requires willpower … and lots of it. Initially I find jogging boring and painful until I get the hang of it. I really can’t be bothered to go through that process again. Yes I know it is good for my well being, I know I will feel happier and stronger and healthier, but uuuuhhhhhhh ………..
The key is routine. Stop thinking and start doing. Actually one have to concentrate on the “start doing” part until one stops thinking – then it becomes a routine. And then eventually a habit. Maybe. Kind of brainwashing oneself, but for a good cause …. well I guess that depends on how you look at it.
So when it comes to the habit of baking bread, I didn’t stop. Just had a little break. And after the break I made a couple of bread that turned out so bad that they never made it to this page. And then some did, just my computer wouldn’t process the pictures to go with it so they never got published … is this procrastination or just bad luck?
Anyway – on my holiday, which broke some habits but gave me so much reward in return – I went back to my hometown Oslo, on my own. One day I stayed with a good friend of mine who’s gluten intolerant (and who’s made impressive changes to her habits for that cause) and she served me gluten free flatbread. “They’re delicious,” I told her, “I need to make some and blog about it when I get back”. So I did – and mine came out nice too. Very nice. In fact, I might even continue making gluten free flatbread.
The recipe is based on the regular flatbread recipe that my stepmother passed on to me last summer. I replaced the rye flour with hazelnut flour and a teaspoon of xanthan gum. You could use any nut flour you’d like, my friend had almond flour in her flatbread. Buck wheat will probably work well too. The taste came out quite mild with the hazelnut, which leaves plenty of room for sprinkling with sea salt or herbs before baking to add more distinctive taste if you’d like. I didn’t, but the flatbread disappeared quickly anyhow and without the added flavor it works perfectly with any desired toppings.
This flatbread is bursting with nutrition and would make an excellent habit to eat regularly …
Gluten Free Flatbread
3/4 cup (2 dl) sunflower seeds
3/4 cup (2 dl) sesame seeds
3/4 cup (2 dl) flax seeds
1 cup (2 dl)* hazelnut flour
1 tsp xhantan gum
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
2 1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
* 3/4 cup is not exactly 2 dl so I balance out with adding 1/4 cup more flour
- Mix it all well in a bowl and spread it thinly and evenly onto a baking tray covered with baking paper. Depending of the size of your tray – I get at least 3 trays out of this mixture.
- Bake at 300 F (150 C) in a convection oven for 15 minutes, take it out and cut with a pizza knife or regular knife squares of desired size.
- Put them back in the oven and bake for another 45 minutes. Check to see if they’re crispy enough before taking them out, leave them for a bit longer if they still feel soft.
The flatbread keeps well for a long time in an airtight container.
So getting rid of habits you wish you didn’t have is tricky, I guess we can agree on that. Maybe it works (for some) to simply replace them with good ones. Instead of coffee, drink (herbal) tea, instead of swearing in traffic, start singing, instead of ignoring mess, pretend it is a favor for someone else ….
It’s just that there is a certain comfort in bad habits. It’s me, it’s who I am, nobody’s perfect. Maybe it’s not about the routine. Maybe it’s all about balance. If you don’t have enough good habits, then find some – to balance out the bad ones that you can’t get rid off. Ha!
Have a nice day, and cherish the habits that makes you happy.
I'm Currently living in Florida, USA, but I'm Norwegian born and bred. At the moment I enjoy baking bread and blogging about it. I enjoy blogging in general, because I like writing. But I'm trained as an illustrator, originally ... in England. One day I'll write a book. About bread. And illustrate it myself. Maybe. Life will see.