Hey, peeps! Happy Friday! Anything fun planned this weekend? I’m working all weekend, so nothing too exciting over here. Come Monday, however, Matty and I will be en route to the Hamptons for our mini getaway. We can hardly wait!
Today, I completed my second HIIT workout of the week: Amanda Russell’s latest full-body cardio circuit. I loved it! The entire thing took me just under 19 minutes to complete and left me glistening with sweat!
I wore my Oakley wristband because a.) it’s cute b.) it’s cute c.) it’s cute. Something about wearing a little extra fitness garb – even if you’re working out in your home like me – puts an extra pep in your step. You with me?
There is a new salad in the house over here – and I’m royally obsessed. In my quest to get back my period, besides reducing my HIIT workouts, I’m increasing my fat intake. I’ve been monitoring it at each meal, simply jotting down the grams of fat I’m consuming for each meal and snack, so I can give the endocrinologist an idea of my average daily fat intake. So far, so good.
This salad is a new favorite that contains 27 grams of heart-healthy fats and is so satisfying.
Here’s the goods:
- 3 cups raw kale
- 1/2 cup raw broccoli
- 1/4 avocado, sliced
- 1/8 daiya cheddar wedge, diced
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp. Annie’s Lemon-Chive vinaigrette
Bye Bye “Cheat” and “Treat”
Guess what I did on the 4th of July? Besides having an amazing time with friends and family…
I enjoyed ice cream – right out of the container.
I enjoyed lots of pretzels with hummus.
I enjoyed lots of tortilla chips with guacamole.
Was it atypical from my usual eats? Yep. Would I consider it a “cheat?” NOPE. Would I consider it a “treat?” NOPE. Would I consider it “indulging?” NOPE. My dear friends, it is simply another day of this beautiful thing we call life. Quite a few of you have asked how I overcame my “fear foods,” particularly on occasions like BBQs and holidays with family and friends.
I’ve realized, through therapy, praying, and a lot of self-soul searching, that, like most people suffering from eating disorders, my inability to eat certain foods and my fear of consuming certain foods stemmed from a constant quest for perfection. Now that I’m comfortable with being imperfect (falling up the stairs and spilling water everywhere in the process is totally acceptable) and living a life of enjoyment, I have also omitted the words “cheat,” “treat,” and “indulge” from my vocabulary. For me, they represent an all-or-nothing mantra that doesn’t align with my personal philosophy. Sure, I ate a bunch of food that I normally don’t. That doesn’t mean I “cheated,” “treated,” or indulged.
Plain and simple, it means that I lived.
While I respect, honor, and largely live by the philosophy of clean, plant-based living, straying from that for a day or two or three doesn’t mean that I am not a “clean eater” and it doesn’t mean that I’ve “ruined” anything. These are all labels that we should try to avoid because they only give us anxiety and fuel our quest for perfection. Besides, my lifestyle isn’t about being perfect – it’s about living in a manner that is best for my overall health and for animals.
Perhaps the most important part of all this is the fact that, when you reach that point of not caring, food is simply the backdrop to the occasion. I didn’t really think twice about choosing to eat the foods that I did. Plus, if the food was there and my friends were not, it would have been one sad 4th of July celebration. Regardless of your personal lifestyle choices, We need to always, always, always honor our bodies – ice-cream and blue corn tortilla chips included.
Okay, off my soap box and on to conquer the day! Enjoy your evening.