Hello and good evening, lovely people. Tomorrow marks the start of Halloween weekend! Woo hoo! I’ll give you a hint as to who I’m dressing up as:
This morning, my alarm didn’t go off. I set it for Friday at 7:00 a.m. instead of Thursday. Genius. Luckily, I’m an early riser and still managed to wake up at 7:30. Whew!
Breakfast was standard – an apple followed by a bowl of Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes and unsweetened almond milk. Also consumed was a large pumpkin spice coffee that I had picked up from the snack bar outside the gym yesterday. I’m seriously going to weep when FSU stops carrying pumpkin spice flavored coffee!
Working in Food Service
Today, three of my classmates and I went to meet with the food service director of Framingham public schools. We’re going to be working on-site for 4 weeks, partaking in food service duties at the high school and middle school. I’ve worked in food service before so I’m not too thrilled, but I’m going to take it with a grain of salt and appreciate the hard work these people do day in and day out!
The four of us were pleasantly surprised with the food selection. They serve whole wheat products, organic peanut butter, and even bake their own homemade crinkle potato chips. We each got to try one and they were delicious!
By the time we got back from our meeting and tour, my tummy was begging for some food. I threw together a quick and simple salad with kale, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots, topped with 1 Wholly Guacamole Snack Pack, a drizzle of Annie’s Papaya Poppyseed Viniagarette, and nutritional yeast.
I used a whole wheat pita to scoop up the remnants of guac and dressing. Amazing!
Fun fact: These Whole Foods whole wheat pitas are only $1.99 and have 10 grams of protein and fiber respectively! Talk about a bang for your buck!
After spinning today, I replenished with broccoli dipped in hummus and the last of my falafel. It is undocumented because in all honesty, I was really hungry and ate it like an animal. You’re welcome.
There are more important things to discuss anyways…
Yesterday afternoon, on my way back from class, I saw my R.A., Jen (Hi Jen!), hanging up a poster. After giving it a double-take, a smile inched across my face.
It’s no secret that one of my passions is making people realize how beautiful they are inside and out. That is why I decided to become a nutrition major, teach Mind.Body.Barre, and start this little blog. Through my experiences and past history with an eating disorder, I want to show people that loving yourself is possible. And once you get there, it is the most amazing feeling in the world! You feel like you can conquer anything. Like Superman…minus the super powers.
One note in particular really caught my eye.
Read the the first sentence of the last paragraph. 40% of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade girls want to be thinner. I don’t know about you, but when I was in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade, all I was thinking about was my next softball game or which boy had the most cooties (his name was Charlie, if you’re wondering). In all seriousness, this made my heart sink. Little girls are worried about being thin before they can even grasp a full understanding of what “healthy” means.
So, what can we do about it? We can echo this poster’s title. It’s fine to have a bad day here and there, and no matter what we say, the media will always try to seep its way into our brains and make us think our thighs are too big or our cheekbones aren’t prominent enough. But I encourage you to tell the media to kiss your gorgeous ass!
Look in the mirror and repeat the same mantra that I tell myself every day: “You are strong. You are intelligent. You are beautiful.” Tell your little sister, cousin, or young neighbor the same thing the next time you see her. Odds are she looks up to you and will appreciate those three small sentences more than you’ll ever know.
Question of the Day: How do you tell yourself that you love yourself?