Good Morning, Blog Friends 🙂
I was so happy to get such fantastic feedback on the first installment of “my pregnancy” series! Thanks so much 🙂
I forgot to point out one KEY, very important point about the day we found out I was pregnant. Hopefully he forgives me for this:
The morning we found out I was pregnant, August 21st, it was Munchkin’s 2nd Birthday! Making that day double-special!
It was also my 200th post on the blog that day 🙂
I was all set to have a new amazing recipe for you guys today…but I left the market last night and realized I forgot one key ingredient (the only one I needed really). It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to eating it 🙁 Hopefully I have it for you all tomorrow!
When all else fails, show em’ a day of food porn to ogle.
Here’s a recap of my day in food (enjoy it b/c I don’t do this often):
melty almond butter oats
two shots of wheat grass juice
I switch between PB & J or AB&J on Multi-Grain. Yesterday was good ole’ PB&J 🙂 Good thing I really have been craving it lately!!
…usually I am an Ezekial 4:9 girl, however, I have been craving fresh bread. When I do Ezekial bread, Millet or Ezekial English Muffins I always have to toast.
Spinach, Kale, Pear, Apple, 3 T Vanilla Sun Warrior, 1t Maca Powder, 1T Chia Seeds, Almond Milk, Ice
Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy healthy prepared foods, than to get all the ingredients and make something myself. I notice this as I am really watching my wallet lately. I think I have a problem, a spending problem. I don’t buy clothes, shoes, jewelry, or go to the spa regularly. I spend on healthy food. Going to the store multiple times a week to buy lots of fresh ingredients, or other high priced staple items. I am bad at budgeting. And when I want to make something, I find myself going crazy with buying ingredients. I need to challenge myself to make some roll-over meals. However. With my husband, this is impossible. I will have to save how difficult he makes my life when it comes to dinner for another post 😉 . His famiyl knows all about his pickyness.
Last night, I was fending for myself:
multi-grain couscous salad from Whole Foods
I was really in search of this Love Crunch cereal she posted. My Whole Foods did not have it though 🙁
My wonderful evil husband brought me home a slice of his moms homemade apple pie.
This rocks my world. I have a weakness for anything with baked apples.
She always tells me how she doesn’t use a lot of sugar or this or that in her recipe. I just enjoy it, not going to get in a tizzy. Good thing I am more about the baked apples and don’t really care for pie crusts. I do like a little of the top crust, but usually leave most of the bottom. Amazing nonetheless.
Thank you for all your feedback thus far about NEDA week.
I think the biggest misconception about eating disorders, that have been brought up in comments, is that girls with ED are emaciated and very underweight. Eating Disorders come in all forms, all shapes and sizes. In the US alone, 10 million women struggle with anorexia and bulimia and 1 million men. Over 15 million are struggling with compulsive overeating. Many ED’s go unreported because of the shame surrounding them. Many women and men may not “look” anorexic or underweight; or obese for that matter; but may be just as sick and unhealthy, if not more so.
I am not going to get into my symptoms, weight or any of the dark details of my ED past. But I will say this; I never got to a dangerously low weight. In fact, I may have weighed as much or more when I was sick than I did pre-baby. However, I looked (and am) MUCH healthier recently. In the past, I did not look healthy. My skin, my hair, my nails, everything was not too pretty. I was dehydrated. Bloated all the time. I had things that were dangerous happen to be because of the abuse I put my body through. I had a much higher body fat percentage because my body was basically using my muscle for fuel, eating away at it. This is not glamorous, it’s not beautiful. ED is ugly, and it’s a place I would never, ever want to be again in my life. Once I discovered health, it was like I discovered life. And there was no turning back. It’s refreshing and wonderful to not let the mirror or the scale consume you. Why let it waste your time. It took too much time out of my life already. Now, I celebrate my body and focus on the positive. We all have our days of negative self talk. We just have to make promises to ourselves, and each other that we will treat our bodies with respect. With love. Embrace our beauty. Turn those negative days into positive ones. Do something that makes you feel good. Remind yourself of something wonderful that you do, your favorite thing about yourself, what makes you unique, how important and valuable you are. Let’s all love our bodies. Your body is a temple. Revere and care for it.
I will again point out that ED is not a choice, it is an illness. However we can do our best to promote awareness and positive body image to help prevent ED and help those that are struggling to recover. There is so much pressure in the world to be thin, brilliant, or perfect. It’s easy to feel like you have lost control, and only can gain back some control through food. To put pressure on yourself to fit into a mold. To look like the girl on the magazine. Let’s not focus on what we are not…but what we are. Unique. There is no one else that can be you. You are fabulous. You are Beautiful.
“When you consider yourself valuable you will take care of yourself in all ways that are necessary.”
–M. Scott Peck
What do you think is the most effective way/campaign to promote positive body image?
What’s the most disturbing thing in society contributing to poor body image, unhealthy habits?
I for one am very disturbed by the diet Dr. Oz recently promoted on his show. The HCG diet. and it was developed by a doctor who believed that a hormone found in a pregnant woman’s body (HCG, the stuff that gives you a positive pregnancy test) could help overweight men and women lose weight — and keep that weight off after returning to a normal routine. The problem I have with this diet is they want you to eat only 500 calories a day!
What’s your favorite budget-friendly meal?
Something you can keep in your house that rolls over into many meals
Favorite healthy “take-out” or salad bar item?