Getting real about health, wellness, and life.

Month: August 2017

RFM Essentials: Back to School Reflections + What I’ve Learned So Far

RFM Essentials: Back to School Reflections + What I’ve Learned So Far

Is it just me, or does anyone else sometimes feel like they’re just floating through space and doing life without really experiencing it? Like you can’t quite comprehend what’s happening or what you’re feeling although you know it’s all there? Yeah, me too. Sometimes this […]

Raw Toasted Coconut Matcha Dream Bars

Raw Toasted Coconut Matcha Dream Bars

Have you ever thought, “I’m just gonna throw all the s*!?* I have together and hope it tastes good!” Asking for a friend. But really, this is usually how I cook when I’m craving something and it somehow always turns out fabulously for me. Without […]

What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate Wednesday

Hello friends and happy hump day! I’m enjoying my last few days before school starts up again. I’ve been working almost every day since I got back from a short vacation to my home town and FINALLY have a few days off so I think that calls for some celebration, you agree?

Breakfast this AM was a plate of all the usual suspects: 2 slices of toast, one with butter and the other with cream cheese and grape jelly, 2 eggs sunny side up, and 2 dates that I ended up not eating because they were kinda dry. Still cute though.

What I Ate Wednesday

I worked at 9 in the morning so I grabbed a square of these matcha coconut dream bars that I’ll be posting the recipe to later this week! They’re so good and keep you full for a while thanks to all the healthy fats.

What I Ate Wednesday

During work, I snacked on a banana and a cup of skyr from Lidl, a new grocery store in town that is basically the European counterpart to Aldi. Everything there is so cheap and they actually have some quality products so I’d definitely recommend checking it out!

What I Ate Wednesday

After work at the gym, I stayed to hit a workout. I’m three weeks out from my first powerlifting meet and the training is getting pretty intense so I’ve been trying to keep up by eating enough to recover from all of the weight I’m moving. Yikes! When I got home, I was hungry af and snacked on some of these sweet potato chips (like Terra chips but cheaper) while making lunch.

What I Ate Wednesday

It was kinda rainy and dreary out, so I was craving something comforting. I heated up a Trader Joe’s “reduced guilt” mac and cheese, a pizza veggie burger also from Trader Joe’s and some frozen peas and called it a meal. Topped with feta and sriracha because that’s just what we do. Past me definitely bought the reduced guilt version so I could curb cravings and feel okay about eating mac and cheese but regardless of how many fat grams were in that meal, I had NO guilt. Food is food and it tasted freaking delicious either way.

What I Ate Wednesday

I walked a few dogs during the day for some extra money and came home with just enough time to spare before heading into my other job. I whipped up this smoothie with Trader Joe’s coconut chunks, raspberries, figs, some vanilla protein powder, and milk and topped it with some bloobs, shredded coconut, and a banana bread bar I made this week.

What I Ate Wednesday

At work we were offering a special 4-course tasting menu for Julia Childs’ birthday, so we were all blessed with bites of each course. The first was a chilled potato and leek soup with brioche croutons and potatoes, followed by a boullibasse with rouille, which is essentially a French tomato-based seafood stew topped with a saffron aioli. So freaking good. The next course was a classic beef bourgignon with hanger steak and glazed veggies, finished off with some peaches and cream crepes. The peaches were soaked in Grand Marnier and topped with a hazelnut praline cream. I love my job.

For some reason, I was craving some thick slices of bread after work (lol) and came up with this beautiful avo toast spinoff to finish off my day: I toasted some ciabatta, topped it with avocado and bruschetta, then finished it with burrata cheese. The obsession continues (promise it tasted a lot better than it looks).

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s okay to eat food, even if it’s not 100% healthy all the time. For me, “clean eating” is not the goal, but eating like a normal freaking person is. A year ago, I would have turned down every single thing on that tasting menu because it “didn’t fit my macros” or “had too much fat in it” rather than just allowing myself a few bites and enjoying the process. Eating is meant to be a pleasurable experience, but that’s not possible when you obsess over every single thing you put into your body. Yes, live healthfully, but don’t live health. And with that, have an amazing rest of your week and feed not only your body, but your soul too!

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Finding Meaning in the Everyday and Bringing Grace to the Grind

Finding Meaning in the Everyday and Bringing Grace to the Grind

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Getting Real About Cheat Meals; Why You Need to Let Them Go

Getting Real About Cheat Meals; Why You Need to Let Them Go

Can we talk about something? And as in something, I mean cheat meals. This idea escapes me and it makes me sad that people feel they have to classify certain foods as “cheats,” specify certain days or times for said cheats, and restrict their intake […]