Is it half empty or half full?

What is it about moms and their ability to teach you lessons and give you advice without even meaning to? Is this just some super power that you automatically get when you become a mom? Or is there some pill you have to take or something? Somebody please let me know, because if/when I ever become a mom, I will be seriously lacking in the Super Woman category…..

 

Anyways, lets have story time first.

The other night, I was sitting on the couch with papers and notes scattered everywhere while I was frantically trying to study for economics and trying to keep my head from spinning in circles while I was waiting for dinner to cook. My mom was sitting on the couch flipping through a Tiffany and Co. magazine while watching TV. Why we were sent a Tiffany magazine is beyond me, but we will roll with it.

After a few minutes of flipping through, she started dying laughing. Like the uncontrollable I cannot even talk and I am going to pee in my pants laughter. Over a Tiffany magazine. I was so confused…and pretty irritated as well because I was getting distracted. After she finally contained herself and could get some words out, she let me know that they were selling and ice bucket for $5000. I still didn’t get it. Ya, so??

She found it hysterical that someone would purchase an ice bucket for $5000, when we find it crazy to buy a $200 bracelet. My ice bucket is from Target in case you were wondering, and it was probably less than $10. We’re super fancy down here.

Her laughter and humor taught me a lesson though. Life is all about perspective. I don’t even bother looking at magazines like that, because I end up getting mad at myself. I question why I am not successful or rich enough to be able to purchase things like that? I feel inadequate and inferior to other people and I am constantly comparing myself to others. Her, she just laughs it off.

After my frustration of her disturbing me, I too started laughing. If I was super rich, I sure wouldn’t spend it on little things like an ice bucket. Well maybe I would. Im not uber wealthy so I can’t really speak. Maybe one day….. 🙂

And then, because one lesson is never enough, she taught me something else the next night.

After coming home from dinner, I asked my mom how it was and what she ordered. She explained to me that she basically ate all vegetables for dinner, while also smirking and trying not to laugh. My mom would never eat all vegetables when going out to dinner. While she isn’t unhealthy in any way, she does love her sweets, and potato chips.

I wasn’t catching on quickly, so she further explained what she meant.

She ate an order of onion strings (fried onions) followed by a wedge salad (topped with bacon and blue cheese dressing) finished with a baked potato (stuffed with cheese and butter) and a few bites of steak. All vegetables?

While this probably wasn’t the healthiest meal, there was something to be learned. I am constantly worried about what I am eating and trying to eat well at all times. I have to get my 5 servings of fruits/vegetables in a day, I try not to eat too much sugar, etc. My diet is far from perfect, let me say, and I LOVE sugar, but I constantly worry about it. My mom, on the other hand, lets things go most times. She enjoys her life and doesn’t stress about the little things. She eats well most of the time, but allows herself to let loose occasionally. That is definitely something I could work on. Life is about perspective. View things with optimism and your life will be that much better.

We followed up that conversation with a debate about potatoes. Are they considered a starch or a vegetable?

Moms. What would we do without them? 🙂

Are you an optimist or pessimist?

 

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What would it be like…?

I am sure some of you have seen the video that shows the differences in how adults and kids react to the question of what they would change about their bodies.

This video brought tears to my eyes. A little dramatic? Maybe, but it really hit home.

I was a super happy kid that ate whatever I wanted. I ate my fair share of fruits and vegetables, but I also plenty of kid foods as well. My parents let us eat what we wanted for the most part, without anything getting too out of control. We were never told what we could/couldn’t have and were all pretty healthy kids. I was always really active and pretty slim.

I remember vividly the day I went to the grocery store with one of my friends when I was in 2nd grade. We were running down the aisle ahead of her mom picking out a bag of chips for our sleepover. When I picked up the bag of Ruffles she immediately put them back and told me her mom only allows her to eat Reduced Fat chips. I was so confused. I didn’t even know what reduced fat meant. I probably didn’t even know what a gram of fat was.

Nutrition and food labels are VERY important, but there is something so freeing about being so innocent as a child. Not worrying about calories, fat, weight, body image, etc. For the most part, I just ate as a kid. Calories didn’t exist, and cookies were always ok.

I tried to think back about how I would have answered the question of what I wanted to change in my body when I was a child. I probably would have answered with something ridiculous like having wings or something. Maybe time traveling, because I was 5 going on 35.

What happens when we hit a certain age that we change from accepting ourselves to hating everything about our bodies? Society? Peers? Media?

I have often wondered what life would be like without mirrors or nutrition labels. People might be happier without having calories plastered over their eyes or seeing themselves every three minutes in the mirror. Fad diets might be less prevalent because people wouldn’t even know how to eat low carb or fat free. But then again, maybe it wouldn’t be any different.

One thing I learned from this video was to accept myself. Maybe my stomach isn’t completely flat or I am not as tall as I wish, but I am me. If children can teach us that life isn’t as awful as we make it seem, then is it really?

Instead of moving from acceptance into hate, learn to love yourself. If the worst thing about myself was that I didn’t have fairy wings, I would be okay with that.

What would you want to change about yourself when you were young?

What were your thoughts of the video?

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WIAW- Because I like carbs

I like carbs. Some of my favorite things to eat include bagels, muffins, fruit, vegetables, and frozen yogurt. All of those things are mostly carbs. Some days I embrace it, while other days I try to even myself out with other nutrients. Yesterday, I embraced it.

Breakfast:

Wheat bagel

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Bagels with an [unpictured] smoothie

I LOVE bagels. Not just any bagels though. I like one specific bagel from one specific store. Any other bagel I could take or leave, but these….YUM! I am not sure what it is with them, but somedays, I just need to have one.

Lunch:

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Chicken-less noodle soup

This was leftovers from Monday night. Soup is always so comforting and warming. ‘Tis the season, it finally feels like fall down here.

Dinner:

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Baked ziti with garlic bread and brussels sprouts

I am not a pasta lover. It never satisfies me or interests me, but sometimes, it gets the job done. Its easy and quick. Dinner was served.

Snack:

I ate a million and one snacks yesterday, but this is the one that stood out.

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Amanda’s snickerdoodle donut holes

My picture does not do them justice, so be sure to check her amazing photography out, but these were good. I ended up needing extra sugar coating though. Oops.

Yay for carbs. Embrace them and let the days balance out.

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Do you have carb heavy days?

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The Importance of Breathing

Breathing.

It seems like such an automatic and easy thing to do. Yet, most people do not take the time to focus on their breathe. Breathing is connected to so many aspects of your everyday health, but does not get the attention it needs.

I am highly stressed at all times and hours of the day. It is just the way that I am and the lifestyle that I have at the moment. This isn’t ideal, but it is what it is at the moment….or so I thought. I never really took the time to figure out a way to help myself. Sure, I take walks, listen to music, work out, etc. to try and de-stress, but I never really searched for another deeper.

My mom works in a very stressful job, and the stress really takes a toll on her body. She is tense, irritated, has joint pains, headaches, and so much more.

Recently, one of her co-workers who is a professional meditator (?? didn’t know that was a thing) started a weekly yoga and meditation session to try and help everyone relieve some stress. Last week, I sat in their online session and was shocked at how valuable the information was.

Breathing is SOOOO important to ones health. Not just everyday breathing, but deep breathing. Like yoga breathe. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and then breathe out for 5 seconds. Focusing on this deep breathing technique not only helps to clear your mind because it causes you to focus solely on your breathe, but it also does so much more for your health.

1. Breathing makes you calmer: It naturally relaxes the mind and body. Deep breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which gives your body the rest and digest response–opposite to the fight or flight response.

2. Detoxifies the body: shallow breathing causes the body to work harder to detoxify because the toxins are not being released through the mouth. 70% of toxins are supposed to be released through breathing, but improper breathing throws it off balance.

3. Relives pain: Deep breathing releases endorphins that are natural pain killers

4. Makes you happier: Increases the release of mood elevation hormones because it stimulates the neurochemical production in the brain.

5. Gives you energy: Drawing air deeper into the lungs increases blood flow while also increasing energy

6. Improves digestion: More oxygen is supplied the organs and helps them work more efficiently.

Who knew that breathing was so important to so many functions of life. Just focusing on breathing a few minutes a day can greater improve your overall health. The more you practice the easier it becomes.

Here is also another article that highlights the importance of healthy breathing.

Do you practice meditation?

WIAW- Just because I should

There are certain foods that you eat because they taste good–they make your heart happy, your taste buds dance, and your happiness soar. Like pizza, brownies, frozen yogurt, etc.

Then there are foods you eat because they are good for your body. They make your tummy happy, your hair sparkle, your nails strong, your eyes bright, etc.

And, there are foods that you think you should eat. Foods that you don’t particularly like. Foods that might be, so called healthy, but ones that also make you want to gag and are really hard for you to get down. But you SHOULD be eating them, so you have to like them right?. Wrong.

After I started to mend my relationship with food, I started researching powerhouse foods and foods that everyone should be eating for optimal health. I tried to include most of them in my diet, no matter how much or how little I liked them.

This did not help mend my food relationship. I am all for trying new things and incorporating variety into ones diet, but I do not think it is necessary to eat foods you don’t necessarily like just because somebody said they will make you a superhuman.

For example, I REALLY want to like sweet potatoes. They are all the rage in the blogging world, and have tons of nutrients that white potatoes don’t. But…I don’t like them. I have tried them roasted, mashed, as fries, sweet, savory, and everything in between. They don’t do anything for my taste buds, and quite honestly are very hard for me to get down. The same goes for butternut squash. Nope. Not happening over here. Pumpkin on the other hand is something I LOVEEEE. So, instead of forcing myself to eat something that doesn’t make me happy or satisfied, I replace with something that has somewhat of the same nutritional value to it.

Blueberries are another food I cannot stand to eat….plain. I solve this problem by incorporating them into other foods. Muffins, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, etc. There is just something about the texture of a fresh blueberry that makes me irk inside. Because I know they have so many health benefits, I try to incorporate them. Just in other ways.

Fish is also supposed to be a superfood that all experts say you need. Since I don’t eat fish, I used to think I would just miss out on those nutrients. Thats not true. Nuts and seeds have omegas just like fish does as well as healthy oils and avocados.

Instead of eating a food because the trend (blogging world, celebrities, magazines, etc.) tell you to follow, eat based on what you feel like, while also keeping in mind what makes your body happy as well. Of course, it might be nice to eat pizza and ice cream for every meal, but that wouldn’t make our stomachs all that happy, even though our taste buds might think it was okay.

There are tons of different ways to get nutrients. One food is not the end all be all. If you find one thing doesn’t really do it for you, try something else with similar benefits. Listen to your body instead of everyone else.

Have a great rest of the day.

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

A few years ago,  I had a very unhealthy relationship with food. I went into a phase where I read only diet and fitness magazines, and believed EVERY.SINGLE.THING. I read in them. My calories dwindled, my variety of food shrank, and my eating rituals became more and more prevalent. But, I was being healthy right? Because they were the diet/fitness experts weren’t they? And I was only following what they said.

It took me quite some time to figure out that maybe, they had it all wrong. 1200 calories a day might make you lose some weight, but it also might make your organs shut down and kill you in the process. Eating no carbs might make you thinner, but you will be laying in bed all day due to lack of energy. Zero grams of fat might make you lose some cellulite, while also making your hair fall out and your brain functioning plummet.

Not everything you read and hear is truthful. People get these crazy ideas into their heads, and think they have the end all be all for losing weight, and being healthy. Sorry, they are usually wrong.

There are so many fad diets and ways to eat anymore, that I cannot even keep up. Are we all supposed to be Paleo, gluten free, no dairy, no sugar, no soy, Whole 30…or just survive on air?

If we all ate whole, natural foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, whole grains, etc. there wouldn’t really need to be fad diets. Health would come more naturally, rather than artificially.

Unless you have allergies or intolerances, what is the purpose of restricting so many foods out of your diet and making life so much harder on yourself?

I started reading blogs a few years ago, when I was trying to mend my relationship with food. I thought that bloggers might have some more rationality than the magazines I had been reading, and might give me some more inspiration to try new things. They did, and most of the blogs I read post amazing ideas and recipes.

But….In the past few months, I have been hearing/reading things that have been giving me (and other readers) some sketchy information. Since when did eating fruit become unhealthy? Eating apples and bananas will not make you gain weight. Maybe if you eat them with other unhealthy things or a ridiculously large amount, but no. Also, eating “clean” 100% of the time is sometimes unrealistic. You are not a bad person for eating something that sounds good, but might not be the most nutritious.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and what works for one person might not work for another. But, rationalize what you hear and read. Really think about the choices that you make and the ideas and information you take to heart.

As a person who has had an unhealthy relationship with food in the past, sometimes it is hard to separate the truth out of things. Don’t let yourself fall back into or start to develop unhealthy patterns because you read/heard something. And, if you are a blogger, take to heart the information you are feeding readers. Some things you say might affect someone in a way that you didn’t really mean.

Happy Thursday. One more day until the weekend.

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WIAW-11/5/14

Ever since the time change last weekend, I have woken up to a sunrise instead of pitch black darkness. It is spectacular in the morning, but not so ideal at night when I am driving home. This whole getting dark at 5:30 is throwing me all off balance…as well as my meals.

My appetite is all out of whack, and I am going to blame it on this time change thing. What is so bad about leaving the time alone? My body would greatly appreciate it.

Anyways, on to the food:

Breakfast:

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Oatmeal parfait-pumkin oatmeal, greek yogurt, and graham cracker crumbs.

For some reason, I have not joined the whole flavored oat craze. I like my oats plain and simple, no flavorings, no toppings. This parfait was my 1,000,0001 try at getting myself to like flavored oats, and I still am loving the plain version more.

Lunch:

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Roasted brussel sprouts along a [unpictured] smoothie. Lunches at school are especially hard because I have almost no breaks in between classes, so I grab what I can when I have time. Whatever works right?

Snacks:

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Banana applesauce muffin. This was GOOD!

Dinner:

Jackfruit tacos

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I finally got on the latest kitchen craze to drape your tortillas over the oven racks to create healthy shells. It was a success. I will definitely be using this method in the future.

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My family is Mexican food obsessed, so they will try anything out of the ordinary in Mexican flavored form. These tacos turned out great! This is the  second meal I have created using jackfruit and both were better than expected.

What was the best thing you ate this week?

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