Daily Gluttony

Another week filled with ravenous, unapologetic eats has passed.

Guys, I’ve done some meditating on a few matters. I’ll be frank with you, I’ve been perhaps enjoying the good life a little too much. I’ve been reveling in all the fantastic eats that life has been throwing my way and I haven’t been working out the way I should. I still walk my dogs every day and I potter about in the kitchen constantly so it’s not like I’ve just been slumming it on the couch (not that slumming it is a bad thing – it’s what I aim to do and never get to it!).

Anyways, my point being is I’ve been feeling a bit blah. It’s probably because I’ve been eating less veggies than normal and a whole lot more things like rice, bread, and nut butters. Not that any of these things are bad – not at all! My body is just craving some balance.

So this is what I’ve been ingesting recently:

These little hairy gems are called rambutan! They're a tropical fruit that has a prickly (but not painful!) outside. You peel the outside off and inside is a soft, fleshy fruit that tastes somewhere between a grape and a pear. I found it at my local Asian supermarket and was totally curious about it. Obviously, so was my buddy Max.
These little hairy gems are called rambutan! They’re a tropical fruit that has a prickly (but not painful!) outside. You peel the outside off and inside is a soft, fleshy fruit that tastes somewhere between a grape and a pear. I found it at my local Asian supermarket and was totally curious about it. Obviously, so was my buddy Max.

I had the ugliest, most satisfying bowl of oatmeal the other day. I crumbled some homemade chocolate oat cookies on top, shredded coconut, apples, cinnamon, almond butter, and flax seed. I then sliced some bananas on top and drowned it in almond milk.
I had the ugliest, most satisfying bowl of oatmeal the other day. I crumbled some homemade chocolate oat cookies on top, shredded coconut, apples, cinnamon, almond butter, and flax seed. I then sliced some bananas on top and drowned it in almond milk.
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My work lunches often consist of the most random of leftovers and fridge raids. Here, I had leftover sweet potato fries, zucchini, green beans, fried rice from Trader Joes (it comes in a frozen packet), veggie gyoza from Trader Joes, and a handful of greens. All smothered in a Thai sriracha sauce.
JUSTIN'S. Justin's nut butter packets are amazing. I used to live off of them in college. I needed a tiny snack after lunch and settled with an apple and chocolate hazelnut butter.
JUSTIN’S. Justin’s nut butter packets are amazing. I used to live off of them in college. I needed a tiny snack after lunch and settled with an apple and chocolate hazelnut butter.
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I made veggie sushi the other night and filled my rolls with tofu, cucumbers, shredded carrots, and sauteed mushrooms. I could eat veggie sushi until I pop!
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I used a brand new product the other night! I tried Beyond Meat’s Beyond Chicken Grilled Strips. Guys, they were AMAZING. I know it looks wonky in the picture but it really was the closest in texture and taste to chicken. I made chicken tortilla soup with it and it was BOMB. I’ll post the recipe soon!
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Here are the ingredients for the Beyond Chicken Grilled Strips. Pretty decent stuff, if you ask me!
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The other night, I made more cauliflower “wings” and just sprinkled some barbecue sauce on top. I freaking love cauliflower. Dear god. The other things in this bowl are greens, kim chi, salsa, and a small heap of Mexican rice I made when I made chicken tortilla soup.

 

From these pictures, the ‘balance’ I was just talking about may seem present but I’ve also had a boatload of pumpkin pie and cereal. While I was recounting everything I ate and being a typical female and panicking slightly about it all – I took a deep breath. I breathed in and out and repeated that cycle a few times.

There seems to be a whole lot of messages out in the world directed towards how you ought to feel about YOUR body. Messages of love, criticism, hate, skepticism, and acceptance. With such a mixture, it’s hard to rise above the rabble and figure out how you should feel. I battled with that for the last few weeks. I showered myself with a little less love and a bit more disapproval.

In the end, I realized it was a choice.

I could either choose to love my body as it currently is or continue to give in to the pressure of negativity. Ultimately, you must show  yourself love always. It’s a habit you must work on, just like anything else worth having.

I didn’t mean for this to be too terribly preachy – but I just felt it was important to share.

Banish your negativity. Exercise because the ability to move is precious. Eat because it is a privilege denied to many. Enjoy because you deserve to.

Happy Wednesday Ya’ll!

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